For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, 1 Corinthians 15:22 NABRE
Paul in this chapter of the letter to the Corinthians is speaking about resurrection. There was a concept of resurrection in the minds of the ancients and even in many of the Hebrew people. Paul as a Pharisee would have believed in the resurrection of the just, which was denied by the Sadducees (part of the religious leadership). Paul and others believed that such a wonderful event would only happen at the close of the age, not that resurrection could happen to anyone before the end of the age. However, Paul meeting Christ on the road to Damascus came to know a new reality that Christians were proclaiming. His conversion began with meeting the risen Christ, the first of those new born, Himself raised from the dead, Paul realizing He is the Messiah. Paul now proclaims Christ as the Risen One and not only Christ but all those who are Christ’s members. The Corinthians would have had a Greek’s understanding of resurrection, they did not have any conception of bodily life after death and their belief that the Spirit was so strong they considered this the resurrection Paul proclaimed. Paul is preaching that through faith and baptism, Christians have passed from death to life; they have died with Christ and risen with Him.
Thus in the section with the quoted verse Paul is claiming because death came through a human being, namely the first human, Adam, that resurrection comes through a human being, Christ. Christ is the first fruits, just as the Hebrew’s offer the first fruits of the harvest to God in thanksgiving, Jesus is an offering, the first to die and be raised, and He will be followed by each of us with faith and baptized.
Do you have faith in the resurrection? Will you fear death or look forward to new life?Christ is the first fruits, just as the Hebrew's offer the first fruits of the harvest to God in thanksgiving, Jesus is an offering, the first to die and be raised, and He will be followed by each of us with faith and baptized. Click To Tweet
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