Since Jesus Was Raised from the Dead, What Are We to Do?

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

The resurrection of Christ is part of the foundation of the gospel. Many remember this on “Easter.” Yet this is not something to be limited to a man-made holy day. We should be mindful of this at all times. Through the resurrection of Christ, we have hope (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). But how can this hope be realized? The story of Jesus’ resurrection is not just about what He did – it also includes what we are to do. So in this lesson, we will consider what we are to do since Jesus was raised from the dead.

Turn from Our Wicked Ways (Acts 3:26)

  • Jesus’ resurrection gives hope to everyone – however, that does not mean we can “come as we are” and “stay as we were”; we are expected to turn from our wicked ways; this is repentance
  • When we become a disciple of Christ’s, we are to be different than we were before (1 Peter 4:1-4) – not to be conformed to the world, but transformed (Romans 12:2)
  • Many do not like these “rules,” yet this is a blessing for us (Acts 3:26) – by giving up a life of sin, we miss a lot of the consequences in this life (Proverbs 13:15); we also avoid the punishment due us for our sin (Romans 6:23)

Walk in Newness of Life (Romans 6:4)

  • This goes along with the previous point, but is really the next step – turning from our wicked ways is about stopping our sinful behavior; walking in newness of life is about starting our righteous behavior
  • Paul described what this “newness of life” looked like – we are no longer slaves of sin, but freed (Romans 6:6-7); we present ourselves as “instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13); we obey the Lord “from the heart” and become “slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18)
  • If we really believe that Jesus rose from the dead, we need to strive to live as He lived (1 Peter 2:21-22)

Affirm the Fact of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12)

  • There were certain ones is Corinth who were denying the teaching of the resurrection – they may not have been arguing about Jesus’ resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:13); there was ample evidence for this (1 Corinthians 15:5-8); but they were denying that we would be raised from the dead; Paul said we must accept both
  • Paul made an implicit point in his statement – if Christ was raised, we must affirm the hope of the resurrection (cf. Acts 24:15; 26:22-23; 2 Corinthians 3:11-12, 18)
  • Further, if Christ was raised, we must affirm His resurrection – it is the basis for our hope (1 Peter 1:3)

Look Beyond This Life (1 Corinthians 15:32)

  • As Paul continued to discuss the resurrection, he talked about what happened to him in Ephesus – he fought with wild beasts; the implication is that this was for the cause of Christ
  • He said this was pointless if there was no resurrection – no reason to suffer for the cause of Christ; if there is no resurrection, we should enjoy this life to the fullest because that is all there is
  • But since there is a resurrection, we must look past this life – set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:1-2); do not allow the pleasures of this life to distract you from this (Luke 8:14; 12:19-21)

Wait for the Lord to Return (1 Thessalonians 1:10)

  • Paul talked about how the brethren in Thessalonica turned to the Lord (1 Thessalonians 1:9) – now they were awaiting the Lord’s return (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
  • Jesus was raised from the dead to give us hope (1 Thessalonians 4:14) and save us from wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10) – since He has been raised, we can eagerly await His return (Philippians 3:20-21)
  • This goes with the previous point (looking past this life) – we need to look forward to the Lord’s return with anticipation (Revelation 22:20); it will be far better to be with the Lord than to be here (Philippians 1:21-23)

Conclusion

  • The resurrection of Jesus from the dead gives us hope, but it also demands certain things of us
  • We should always be thankful for the hope that we have through His resurrection – not just at “Easter”
  • We should also continually serve Him so that we can enjoy the reward of eternal life through Him

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