Misrepresenting God (1 Cor. 15:15)

“We are even found

To be misrepresenting God,

Because we testified

That God

Had raised Christ,

Whom he did not raise

If perhaps the dead

Are not raised.”

εὑρισκόμεθα δὲ καὶ ψευδομάρτυρες τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὅτι ἐμαρτυρήσαμεν κατὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ ὅτι ἤγειρεν τὸν Χριστόν, ὃν οὐκ ἤγειρεν εἴπερ ἄρα νεκροὶ οὐκ ἐγείρονται.

Paul said we would be found (εὑρισκόμεθα δὲ) to be misrepresenting or giving false witness about God (καὶ ψευδομάρτυρες τοῦ Θεοῦ), because he had testified (ὅτι ἐμαρτυρήσαμεν) that God (κατὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ) had raised Christ (ὅτι ἤγειρεν τὸν Χριστόν), whom he did not raise up (ὃν οὐκ ἤγειρεν), if perhaps the dead are not raised (εἴπερ ἄρα νεκροὶ οὐκ ἐγείρονται). Only the Pauline letters used this word εἴπερ, that means if perhaps, if indeed, or if so.  Paul explained the dilemma.  If they said that there was no resurrection of the dead, then he and his fellow Christian apostles were misrepresenting of giving false testimony about God.  They had clearly proclaimed and preached that God had raised up Jesus Christ.  If there is no resurrection of the dead, how could Jesus be raised from the dead?  The two were directly linked.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ meant that his followers could follow suit.  Paul, as a Jewish Pharisee, had believed in the resurrection of the dead before he became a follower of Jesus Christ.  Now this was reinforced with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Do you believe that you will rise from the dead?

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