Proverbs 9, 10
In our reading today we have an amazing promise from God. Proverbs 9:10, 11 in the Amplified reads “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.” There are more than a few passages in the Scripture that promises longer life if we will walk in the fear of the LORD (Proverbs 9:10, 11; Proverbs 10:27). Wow, I don’t know about you but that stirs me to be obedient and do the things that God word instructs us about how to live a long life!
1 Corinthians 15:1-32
In our reading today we have some startling statements from the God-breathed pen of Paul concerning Christ’s resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:12-17 “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” Why did Paul say that if Christ did not rise from the dead we are still in our sins? Because saints, Jesus did not suffer for his own sins, because he had none. He suffered for ours (1 Peter 3:18). In Romans 4:25 when the KJV says Jesus was “was raised again for our justification.” Young’s Literal Translation says Jesus “raised up because of our being declared righteous.” The New American Standard says Jesus was “and was raised because of our justification.” In other words, when Jesus was declared “justified” (1 Timothy 3:16), we were declared “justified” (Romans 3:24-26). Glory to God!