Psalm 110 and 1 Corinthians 15:12-34

Sermon Notes

The Only Hope

Psalm 110

A Psalm of David.

          The LORD says to my Lord:

                   “Sit at my right hand,

          until I make your enemies your footstool.”


          The LORD sends forth from Zion

                   your mighty scepter.

                   Rule in the midst of your enemies!

          Your people will offer themselves freely

                   on the day of your power,

                   in holy garments;

          from the womb of the morning,

                   the dew of your youth will be yours.

          The LORD has sworn

                   and will not change his mind,

          “You are a priest forever

                   after the order of Melchizedek.”


          The Lord is at your right hand;

                   he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

          He will execute judgment among the nations,

                   filling them with corpses;

          he will shatter chiefs

                   over the wide earth.

          He will drink from the brook by the way;

                   therefore he will lift up his head. 



1 Corinthians 15:12-34

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? Why are we in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.


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