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And if Christ Be Not Raised

Tim Keller |  April 16, 2006

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  • Jesus' Death & Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:3-10, 14-17, 30-32
RS 190-15


The resurrection of Jesus was a massive, comprehensive argument that brought the Apostle Paul into faith in Jesus Christ. What does the argument of the resurrection appeal to? In this sermon, we will see that the resurrection presents an argument to the 1) Mind; 2) Conscience; and 3) Heart.

1 Corinthians 15:3–10, 14–17, 30–32

Paul talks about the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a way that connects with our minds, our sense of right and wrong, and our deepest feelings. This belief in resurrection changed Paul’s life, turning him into a great leader. Let’s break down how Paul’s argument about resurrection works in each of these three areas.

1. Speaking to the mind

The empty tomb, stories from those who saw Jesus after his death, and the changed lives of believers are all historical facts supporting the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. Christianity’s message about the resurrection is based on these real events, not just personal feelings. This all points to the need for a real Savior, someone who can truly change us and raise us up, even if this challenges our comfort zones.

2. Speaking to the sense of right and wrong

Paul changed from someone who hurt Christians to a strong leader of Christians. This shows how the good news of Jesus can change how we see ourselves. Paul knew he wasn’t perfect, but he also knew that Jesus loved him deeply. Believing in Jesus’ resurrection freed Paul from his past mistakes, letting him live in the truth that God sees him through Jesus’ perfect life, not his own imperfect one.

3. Speaking to the deepest feelings

Paul was so committed to doing what was right and loving others that he was even willing to face death every day. His bravery came from his belief in Jesus’ resurrection, which meant that death had been defeated. Paul’s picture of Jesus taking on all of death’s power, leaving only its harmless shadow for believers, gives us the strength to face hard times and even death without fear.



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