Body Life (3): Body 2.0 (Resurrection) 2016-0131

2016/01/31 Christ Church, Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 92
Children, Luke 6.39-49
Message, 1 Corinthians 15 (1-14, 35-58)

The problem in Corinth:
      The “spiritual” who do not need their inferior bodies
      Believe in Christ’s resurrection, but NOT that of his followers
            Just the immortal (and superior) soul
      Body issues

Paul’s response:
      Resurrection of Jesus at the center of the gospel proclamation
      Resurrection of Jesus is the reason that we will be resurrected
            Can’t have one without the other
      Death and sin are partners
            Can’t defeat one without defeating the other
      What does resurrection mean for the body? 2 analogies
      KEY: What does resurrection mean for our living?

Afterlife conversation:
            No immortal soul, no future for the body, nothing
            Difficult to explain why we should have any larger concern
      Immortal soul (NOT body)
            Movie Ghost, our eternal destiny based on being good/bad
      Angelic existence: “God needed another angel”
            Clouds, harps, wings
      Reincarnation, immortal soul (NEW body)
            Our next life based on how pure we are in this one
            Object: Nirvana, no personal consciousness or body
      Resurrection, immortal soul, immortal body
            Our next life is a gift of the grace of God-incarnate

      He’s in a better place
      She looks good, at peace
      Where is hope located?
      Death inevitable
            Irma to the cemetery salesman

Repeated phrase, “not in vain” – impact of resurrection for living
Faith not in vain, 15.2, 14
Grace not in vain, 15.10
Proclamation in vain if Christ is not raised, 15.14
Labor in the Lord is not in vain, 15.58
      Labor in vain (product of sin, Genesis 3.17-19)
Vain Faith, unpacked in the partner problems of Death & Sin
      You are still in your sins, 15.17
      Those who have died in Christ have perished, 15.18

Continuity and Change: Two Analogies
      Seed : Bodies
      Adam : Christ

      Continuity: seed and plant, DNA
            (yet change, after burial)
      Change: image of Adam or image of Christ (last Adam)
            “as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ” 15.22
            (yet continuity – Adam, image)

“We will ALL be changed” – resurrection applies even to those who have not died (“rapture”)

Jesus, “the first fruits” (15.20) from the dead, the MODEL for our resurrection. Things Jesus could do in his resurrected body:
      Touch and be touched
      Enter through locked doors, without opening them
      Be recognized – and be unrecognized (changed)

Trojan Horse and Jesus’ resurrection
      The last enemy to be destroyed is death, 15.26
      Death has been swallowed up in victory, 15.54
Early Fathers (Aulen, Christus Victor, 52-53)
      Cheese in a mouse trap (Augustine)
      Bait on a hook (Gregory of Nyssa)
Christ “concealed himself under the veil of our nature, in order that, as happens with greedy fishes, together with the bait of the flesh the hook of the Godhead might also be swallowed, and so, through Life passing over into death, and the Light arising in the darkness, that which is opposed to Life and Light might be brought to nought. For darkness cannot endure when the Light shines, nor can death remain in being where Life is active”

Implications for our living:
      The message (kerygma) matters
      God’s grace changes lives
      Faith in Jesus gives victory over both sin & death
      All we do to serve and obey Jesus LASTS
            (Unlike our labor under the effects of sin)
The curse, broadly speaking, is undone!

Gordon Fee. 1987. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Gustav Aulen. 1986 (1968). Christus Victor: An historical study of the three main types of the idea of the atonement. New York: Collier.


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