Many in the church believe the resurrection at the Last Day is our savior from sin. They believe as long as we are in this mortal body, we will be slaves of sin. I’m beginning to search every area in Scripture where the resurrection is discussed. In this passage, notice there is no mention of it being a savior from sin, but rather, the focus is it being our redemption from dying bodies. In fact, take note of the very last sentence in the passage; it is quite the opposite of the belief that resurrection is the savior from sin:
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him, ” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (I Corinthians 15:12-34 NKJV)
I think it’s plain, at least in this passage, that the resurrection is simply and wonderfully our hope for new, imperishable, immortal bodies. It is not our way of escape from sin. Christ is our escape from sin. He defeated it in the flesh, living by the power of the Holy Spirit, and He grants the same victory over sin to those who follow Him and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I’m going to continue this study over the next few days. Whenever I find a passage on the resurrection I’ll share it with you all, along with my thoughts. Much love and grace to you.