1) Bottom line: what is your faith based on? What is the foundation of all you believe?
2) What would be your condition if there was no resurrection of the dead? What would be the implication for your life if Jesus didn’t rise again?
3) Where is life heading? What will be the sign of our ultimate victory?
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul gets very basic on three issues. First, he very clearly states the gospel; the good news: Christ died, was buried, and rose again (15:3-4). It doesn’t get any more basic than this. But don’t miss the significance in the simplicity. This truly is the foundation of our faith.
The second issue Paul addresses deals with whether or not there is a resurrection from the dead. There were some that did not believe in the resurrection which would mean that even Christ didn’t rise. Through incredible logic, Paul takes their thoughts to conclusion: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins (15:17).” But, Paul boldly proclaims the truth of Christ’s resurrection and the promise of ours (15:20).
Having established the reality of our resurrection, Paul moves on to deal with the third issue of Chapter 15. Here he speaks about the nature of our resurrected body. Paul indicates that our current body will give way to the new one (15:42-44) and that this new body will be the indicator of our final victory; victory over death (15:54-56).