1 & 2 Corinthians: Day 19

Essential Resurrection


Today's Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-19, Ephesians 2:4-7, Hebrews 2:5-9

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-19, Ephesians 2:4-7, Hebrews 2:5-9

I thought I was going to be a lawyer when I grew up. I wanted to be a doctor for the longest time, but once I got to high school and realized science was not my strong suit, those dreams flew swiftly out the window. Being a lawyer was the next best option; I enjoyed reading and writing, and history was my best subject. And, as my parents would tell you without hesitation, I could pick an argument with anyone over anything, and I usually won. I presented many cases to my parents over the years, from bedroom renovations to puppies, and everything in between.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul is making a case for the resurrection of the dead. Paul accuses some of the Corinthians of saying there is no resurrection of the dead: that is, once Christians die, they will not be raised with Christ. Paul then argues that if they believe in the resurrection of Christ, then they must also believe in the resurrection of the dead. Paul’s argument is not to prove that Christians will be raised in resurrection with Christ, but to say that the people who deny the resurrection of the dead are wrong. His argument forces the Corinthians to come to the realization that there is, in fact, hope for the future resurrection of those who believe in Christ.

Paul’s argument to the Corinthians is fit for a trial court. He’s making them decide whether or not they actually believe what they say they do. Paul reminds the Corinthians that “Christ died for our sins… that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Paul challenges the Corinthian church to remember what they say they believe, because if those things are not true, then all of their proclamations are in vain.

This passage is one that is read often at funerals and memorial services of loved ones who have passed away. It’s comforting to think about the resurrection in the face of death. It grounds us, reminds us of who we are and where our true home lies.

Today, let this passage remind you of the power and might of a God who sent His Son to die for us, and raised Him on the third day so that we, too, might live with Him in eternal resurrection. We should put our faith and our hope in this God, the God who “raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens” (Ephesians 2:6). Our citizenship does not belong here on earth, but to the new heavens and new earth that come with the resurrection. Thanks be to God.


Ellen Taylor was born and raised in sweet home Alabama, but has called Nashville home since 2013. When she’s not working as the editorial assistant at She Reads Truth, you can find her enjoying good food and good conversation with her friends and family. She is a lover of iced coffee, ugly dogs, and the Oxford comma.

  • In our culture today many often believe almost anything if it’s presented in the right way, and will quickly change their beliefs when faced with another presentation. This reminds me to know what I truly believe and why I believe it. That Jesus was the son of God and came to save us, so we wouldn’t have to “taste” death. That we really can and should give him our everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly. His plans are so much greater than ours.

  • Having faith that loved ones who deceased going to Heaven is peaceful. Whether or not they go at the time of Earthly death; still provides peace for the greater picture.

  • Irene Stebila

    Understanding Jesus great love for me, gives me strength and peace as I work out my salvation. I am saved but I need to work every day at becoming more Christ like. Reading scripture reminds me of all Christ love. Reading scripture gives me confidence in my salvation.

  • I love the reminder that Ellen leaves us at the end, that our citizenship doesn’t belong here on Earth but it is in heaven. Gives me so much peace about all the political turmoil we read and hear about everyday. I do not have to worry or be scared because God is sovereign over it all and I belong to Him!

  • Monica Davis

    Praise god for the resurrection. I have a funeral of an 18 yearly boy to be mindful of this weekend.

  • Hi friends! Does anyone know how the Hebrews verses connects to the reading in 1 Corinthians? A little confused on that…

    • Rachiel

      The Hebrew passage refers to Jesus’s death.

    • Bev

      Sarah, I love that passage in Hebrews because it underscores Jesus’ humanity and His deity. He was fully man and truly suffered, died, and rose for us; and He was fully God that His death and resurrection paid the price for our sins.

  • Shelley Christine

    I’m so thankful that in the kingdom of God resurrection is essential. To defy the original parameters the world was designed in because our Creator said it so is a gift of hope to those of us grieving loss today…which is most of us in some form or another.

  • Virginia d

    It was indescribable peace, and assurance

    • Virginia d

      of comfort when I had near death experience years ago, I felt so loved at the gate of heaven and grateful of the smile my deceased grandfather looking me in distance.

  • Tina this joy is palpable! Thank you for sharing! The Lord has shown me my son in heaven… he sits on a cloud waiting for me… ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Penny

      What joy and comfort we can rest in knowing that we will spend all of eternity with our loved ones.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Thanks be to God! Thanks be to our God that loved us when we were yet His enemy! Thanks be to God for providing a way! Thanks be to Jesus Christ for paying the price!
    We are loved, deeply and completely!

  • Elaine Morgan

    I love your testimony Tina! I have seen you post it several times here and I never get tired of reading it. Thank you for your willingness to share it with others. Today’s reading reminds me of my SIL and what she is going through right now. She has stage four cancer. She is suffering in pain everyday but her faith is so strong. She tells everyone she meets about it but never without asking for prayers and never without adding that if the Lord takes her home she is okay with that. She says no matter if He heals her or takes her life it is a win win situation for her. She believes that she will be resurrected in heaven with Him! I am so blessed by that! I imagine her being with Jesus and free from the pain and suffering. I am so thankful for the hope that one day I too will be in heaven with Jesus.

  • Churchmouse

    “… The gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you have taken your stand…”
    Oh yes, Paul. I have had the gospel preached to me. I have received it and accepted it as Truth. I now daily stand on it. I have staked my life and my death and my next life on this – the Truth of Christ’s resurrection. It is my hope and stay. I rejoice in it! “You are saved by grace!” I embrace that exclamation point. “He also raised us up with Him…” It’s a done deal. I’m just biding my time here on earth until my faith becomes sight and I see my resurrected Jesus face to face. I have driven this stake hard in the ground. And on it, on Jesus, I take my stand. Amen.

  • I love this. I absolutely love this!
    I have tears rolling down my face as I recall the precious gift God gave me when I was at my lowest… When it was hard for me to breath… When life took a turn I didn’t in my wildest dreams see coming..
    My beautiful daughter called home…

    In my anger, sadness, heart breaking ache, i accused, i shouted, i ranted and raved at God, at the altar in my local church.. I was ready for that bolt of lightening to strike me dead.. I couldn’t see passed my broken heart and how to live however long without my girl, my best friend, my ally..
    But God..
    And only God, even to this sinner who shouted and blamed and accused… He showed me where my daughter was … in a meadow… happy and skipping through shouting to me… I’m alright mum, I’m happy. And I could see she was without a doubt I could see her healed, straighter.. (her illness had her hunched always in pain).. beautiful.. radiant…
    I don’t know about you but reading this today, i want to say I see in that testimony my girl ‘raised from the dead’ to be whole, to be healed, home… to be ‘resurrected ‘. I had never thought of it in that way… but today my heart leapt and my mind went straight to that picture of her in the meadow…
    That picture has always been a source if comfort… today I am exhilarated and joy filled for the confirmation again that she is for sure in eternity, that I will see my girl when I am called home!

    Thank you Ellen Taylor for this… Thank you God for your faithfulness, love and Grace to remind me of who you are and how much you love and hold us close everyday, especially in my lostness… Thank you Lord God. Thank you..

    God is Good sisters… He is good. Praying He turn His face to shine on you and yours today and throughout the weekend…hugs..xxx

    • Churchmouse

      So beautiful, Tina. I look forward to seeing you both there one day. Hugs all around!!

    • Susan

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful brokenness! God is good!

    • Kristen

      Beautiful picture of truth, Tina! She is healed, whole and happy! We have so many promises because of what Jesus did for us. We are saved, new creations, cared for, reconciled, righteous, redeemed by His Blood, seated with Him in Heaven, and so much more! I’m reading this book called, What We are in Christ by E.W. Kenyon. We have promises for this life and eternity. Thank you, Jesus! Tina, thank you for sharing your story and what God has done in your life. My daughter was stillborn, and I didn’t understand at first that she was in the best place where there is fullness of joy and laughter. I didn’t know God or His Word even though I grew up in church and CCD classes. ( I was invited to a new church after her burial.) I could only think of the loss and what she couldn’t get to do. Her life, as well as all life, has a purpose even if she never took a breath outside of the womb. Her death led me to hear the Gospel, learn His Word, help comfort others and be able to be there for others as they go through loss. Her life changed my life and my eternal destiny. I will see her and my other baby I miscarried again! Trust me, I was devastated, cried many tears, and was angry at times. But God helped me and was and is there for all of us. We can cry out to Him in our pain.

    • Momtomany

      Thank you Tina for your raw honesty. The hope we have in our resurrected Jesus is our lifeline that gets us through our darkest days. I too am thankful that we are never abandoned during our seasons of ranting and raving but lovingly embraced by the One who loves us and our children more than we ever will.

    • Kay

      Tina, your words depict such comfort and beautiful picture of God’s resurrecting power…our hope…our comfort that our true citizenship awaits us in Heaven.

    • Ann Duncan

      We love, follow and serve a God who isn’t intimidated by our anger, frustration, pain and has declared victory over death. He is indeed so, so good to us. Tina, your testimony comes at a perfect time for me and am so comforted by it as I know someone who is grieving a similar loss. Thank you for your prayers and thank you to Ellen Taylor for such a beautiful devotional this morning.

    • Sarah

      Thank you so much for sharing, Tina. I have tears rolling down my face reading this. Praise God for the indescribable hope he gives us.

    • Brianna Foshie

      It is so so sweet knowing that our time on earth may end but we have MORE

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