1Co 15:8-11Act 26:9-18; 1Ti 1:12-17; Mar 2:16-17; Rom 4:5; 5:17; Tit 3:3-7; 2:11-14; Eph 2:4-7.
1COR-49-200524 - length: 60:43 - taught on May, 24 2020
May 24, 2020
The subject of chapter 15 is the bodily resurrection of the dead.
How can a man go from being the worst persecutor of Christians one day …
…to being the most passionate preacher of the gospel of Christ the next day?
The amazing, miraculous, precious grace of God.
The Greek word that is translated “one untimely born” means a miscarriage or an abortion.
That subject is the grace of God.
He’s a miscarriage, a complete failure - destined for the trash heap of humanity.
In another letter he would write that he was the least of all saints.
And in a third letter he is called the chief of all sinners.
Because he persecuted the church of God.
And yet - Christ picked him. Saved him. Gave him a unique mission. A mission that only the chief of sinners was fit to fulfill.
Saul of Tarsus would become the poster child for the grace of God.
If Christ can save the chief of sinners, he can save me.
In fact, sinners are the ONLY people He saves!
God’s grace comes into view when we despair of ever being able to justify ourselves.
Just like only God’s grace can explain how any of us got saved.
And only God’s grace can explain how we have grown to become more like Christ.
Now He meets our needs every day. He meets our inability with His abundance.
Grace means gifts freely given for a great purpose.
to be people upon whom God showers His grace
so that all creation may know the genius, the love, the righteousness, and power of His glory.