1 Corinthians 15:17

17 And if Christ wasn't raised, then all you're doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever.

1 Corinthians 15:17 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 15:17

And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain
As before in ( 1 Corinthians 15:14 ) not only the doctrine of faith, but the grace of faith in Christ; even that faith, which is the faith of God's elect; the pure gift of his grace, and the operation of his power; which Christ is the object, author, and finisher of; and which he prays for, that it may not fail; and to which salvation is so often promised in the sacred Scriptures; and yet is vain, than which nothing can be more absurd: it follows,

ye are yet in your sins:
in a state of nature and unregeneracy, under the power and dominion of sin, being neither regenerated nor sanctified; for regeneration is owing to the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and is a branch of the power, virtue, and efficacy of it: but if Christ is not risen, there never was, is, or will be any such thing as regeneration and sanctification; things, if ever wrought by the Spirit, are done by him in virtue, and in imitation of the resurrection, as well as the death of Christ: moreover, if Christ is not risen, his people are under the guilt of their sins; there is no expiation nor remission of them, nor justification from them; for though he was delivered as a sacrifice to atone for their offences, and his blood was shed to obtain the forgiveness of their sins, yet he must be raised again for their justification, and be exalted as a Prince and a Saviour, as to give repentance, so remission of sins, or they will never enjoy these blessings; for notwithstanding his sufferings and death, if he lies under the power of the grave, they must remain under the power and guilt of sin, and be liable to everlasting punishment for it.

1 Corinthians 15:17 In-Context

15 Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ - sheer fabrications, if there's no resurrection.
16 If corpses can't be raised, then Christ wasn't, because he was indeed dead.
17 And if Christ wasn't raised, then all you're doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever.
18 It's even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they're already in their graves.
19 If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot.

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