One group at Corinth did not believe in life after death at all, and another did not believe in the resurrection of the body.
In this classic passage Paul deal with both groups.
- What strikes you about the content and the proclamation of the gospel as summarized in verses 1-4?
What benefit does it offer to men, and how is this benefit to be enjoyed?
Cf. 1 Tim. 1:15.
- What is the significance of the evidence that Paul marshals in verses 5-11 for the resurrection of Christ?
What for Christians are the five far-reaching consequence of denying the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead?
See verses 12-19. Does death set any limit to your hope in Christ?
- What are to be the full and final consequences of the resurrection of Christ?
Of what ultimate consummation is it the promise and pledge?
Why are Christians able triumphantly to face death for Christ’s sake?
- Verse 28.No change in the eternal relations between the persons of the Trinity is meant here.
It is the Son’s willing subjection in love. Cf. 11:3.
- Verse 29. The exact meaning of this reference is uncertain.
What is obviously implied is that the practice mentioned is pointless if there is no life beyond death.