What are the practical consequences? (chapter 15)

Paul asked why were they baptized?  Why was Paul in danger all the time?  Paul was boasting about the Corinthians.  Paul died every day.  What had he to gain in Ephesus?  Why not just enjoy life by eating, drinking, and being merry?  They had to stay away from bad company that would ruin their morals.  They were to sin no more.  They should have some knowledge about God.

The role of Christ (chapter 15)

Paul said that Christ is the first fruit of the resurrection.  One man brought human death, while another man has brought human resurrection.  We died in Adam, but we live in Christ, the first in the order of resurrection.  In the end, Christ will deliver the human kingdoms to God.  Christ must reign over every authority and power, but death is the last enemy.  Everything is subject to Christ.  Only the son will be subject to God, who rules all people.

The resurrection of the dead (chapter 15)

Paul asked if others would rise from the dead, besides Jesus Christ?  If there is no resurrection for the other dead people, then Christ has not risen from the dead.  Is our preaching and your faith in vain?  Are we misrepresenting God?  If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still a sinner.  The other Christians have perished if there is no afterlife.  If you died in Christ, and only have this life, you should be pitied.

The gospel resurrection of Jesus Christ (chapter 15)

Paul said that the good news of the gospel that he preached was that Jesus Christ had died for our sins and rose on the third day.  After his resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to Cephas, then the twelve apostles, and finally the five hundred believers.  He also appeared to James, and all the apostles.  Last of all, he appeared to himself, Paul, who was the least of the apostles because he had persecuted the early Christians.  However, by the grace of God, God’s grace was not in vain within Paul.  Thus, he has preached the risen Lord and they have believed it.

The belief in the resurrection (chapter 15)

Paul took one whole chapter to explain the importance and value of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for his disciples and followers.  They had to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ or else their belief was in vain.  Paul tried to explain the mystery of the resurrection of the dead that awaited all the followers of Jesus Christ.  He thus explained the resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ.

Orderly peaceful worship (chapter 14)

Paul asked what are you to do when you come together?  If they have a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, or tongues with interpreters, everything should be done for edification.  There should be silence if there is no interpreter.  There should be only two or three tongue speakers or prophets.  If there is a revelation, the others should be silent.  The gathered assembly of the church should learn and be encouraged.  They should prophesize one by one, not all at once.  God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace.

Functions of these spiritual gifts (chapter 14)

Paul said that they should be mature in their thinking, but infantile in doing evil.  God speaks to us with foreigners.  However, they or we do not listen.  Tongues are a sign for unbelievers, while prophecy is for believers.  If the whole church assembly was speaking in tongues, someone who came there would say that these people were mad.  However, if all of you were prophesizing, then the unbelievers could engage with you.  They might believe that God was really among you.

The need for interpretation (chapter 14)

Paul said that they should pray for an interpretation of the tongue speaker.  When praying in tongues, the spirit prays but the mind does not.  Paul would rather pray and sing with both the mind and the spirit.  If you bless with the spirit only, no one can say “amen”.  You can give thanks, but there is no edification for the other people.  Then Paul thanked God that he spoke in tongues more than anyone else.  However, he would rather speak five intelligible words of instruction than 10,000 unintelligible tongue speaking words.