1. The Gospel (15:1-11). It is easy for some to overlook the foundation of one’s Christianity. You might wonder how it could be easy, but if you do, take note that Paul had to remind the Corinthians of such. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of everything that Christians believe and practice. Paul understood this message well, and he preached it wherever he went. It cost him much, but he valued it above physical life itself.
2. Beyond experience (15:12-19). When Paul went to mars Hill, he had an audience that was interested in his new teaching, but when he spoke of the resurrection, some mocked. They mocked because the resurrection of the dead is beyond human experience. There is not a single person that you know that has been resurrected after the manner of Jesus was. People are skeptical of such ideas. Paul, however, would not budge, and he expected the Corinthians to understand and accept that which he already accepted. In fact, if one does not believe in the resurrection, he (she) can’t be saved.
3. The resurrection and its relation to God’s plan (15:21-34). The resurrection is beyond human experience – almost! There are two people in Scripture who never died (can you name them?), and some have been given life since having passed away, but is there a record of any man who has died, been given life, and never saw death again? There is one: Jesus. Stories are told of great and monumental feats, but there is nothing and no one like the man Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s proof (among many others) that man will live eternally; he will live eternally with the Lord or he will live eternally without the Lord. The resurrection may be difficult to comprehend, but one has already ‘comprehended” it (if you will). Because of Him, we can overcome.
4. Skepticism is not warranted (15:35-49). While we may not understand, experientially, the resurrection, just the same, the fact of its occurrence is in the Lord’s will. How do we take a corporal body and associate it with the word spiritual, when we have defined the spiritual as immaterial? I do not know (1 John 3:2), but it does not matter that I know the inner workings of it all. What matters is that I accept and trust the Lord in that which is beyond me (Romans 10:9; Hebrews 11:6, 1).
5. Closing (15:50-58). As I read these verses, I say to myself that no matter how effective I communicate, there is nothing that I can say, in the way of a summary thought, that is better than how these last two verses read. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (NET).