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“Moreover” tells us that Paul has finished his answers to the Corinthians’ questions, and he now goes on to a new subject. The first eleven verses present the Gospel message and evidence for its truthfulness. Paul gives three proofs to his readers that Jesus has indeed been raised from the dead:
The apostle Paul has not yet recovered from the “wonder of it all” that he should be elevated to the honor and office of apostleship. In humility he did not magnify his own personal credentials, but only the sovereign grace of God as he states; “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (v. 10). The intent of the apostle is not to boast but to magnify the grace of God.
True humility is not convincing myself that I am worthless, but recognizing God’s work in me. Paul shares how God wants to accomplish many things through my life, but only because of His mercy and not because I deserve anything.
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
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I Corinthians 12:1-11Speaking Various Languages
I Corinthians 12:12-26Spiritual Gifts that Unite
I Corinthians 12:27-31God Assigns Spiritual Gifts
I Corinthians 13:1-13Qualities of the Greatest Gift
I Corinthians 14:1-9Preoccupation with Tongues
I Corinthians 14:10-17Tongues Must Be Interpreted
I Corinthians 14:18-25Tongues a Sign to Unbelievers
I Corinthians 14:26-40Instructions for Tongues Speakers
I Corinthians 15:1-11Three Proofs of the Resurrection
I Corinthians 15:12-19Consequences of Denying the Resurrection
I Corinthians 15:20-28The Resurrection of Christians
I Corinthians 15:29-34Effects of Denying the Resurrection
I Corinthians 15:35-44What Our Resurrection Body Will Be Like
I Corinthians 15:45-50Comparison of the Natural and Spiritual Body
I Corinthians 15:51-58Victory is Coming
I Corinthians 16:1-12Giving of Money and Time
I Corinthians 16:13-18Qualifications for Leadership
I Corinthians 16:19-24Paul’s Closing Remarks