“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”
The resurrection of Christ was preached by many of the hundreds that witnessed the resurrected Christ (15:4-11), yet some in the church at Corinth said there is no resurrection of the dead. If Christ is not risen, then there is no resurrection of the dead and our faith is in vain. But, He is risen from the dead! He is become the firstfruits of them that slept (15:20).
Lord, thank You that Christ is risen from the dead! Thank You for His resurrection! My faith is not in vain. I will one day be able to spend eternity in His presence, and I can be confident of it because He Himself has already been raised! Praise the Lord!
Anny Grace and I are excited to announce that we have officially begun deputation! Last Thursday, we were approved as church-planting missionaries through our mission board, Vision Baptist Missions. Following our approval, we immediately scheduled our first meeting at the missions conference of our sending church, Vision Baptist Church! Praise the Lord!
What’s more, the Lord has already blessed us with two meetings this week! Please pray for us as we begin deputation that the Lord would use us and grow us mightily as we present our ministry in churches.
“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ…Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
When the nation of Israel became thirsty in the wilderness, Moses smote the Rock to water the people (Exodus 17:6). This passage in 1 Corinthians tells us that that Rock was Christ, “the same spiritual drink”. This thing happened to them as an example, a type, pointing them to Christ; and it is written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Lord, thank You that my spiritual thirst is quenched in Christ alone. Thank You that, as Jesus told the woman at the well, I never have to thirst again because I have tasted the living water (John 4). Lord, please give me many opportunities, like Christ had in John 4, to share the living water with others.