Counterfactual History and the Christian's Hope

July 26, 2020 Speaker: Matthew DelValle Series: Guest Speakers

Topic: Exposition Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12–34

The British philosopher C.E.M. Joad was once asked, “If you could ask one question, and be sure of getting the right answer, what would it be?” Without a moment’s hesitation he responded, “Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?” That indeed is the question of all questions!

Counterfactual history is an attempt to appreciate actual historical events by imagining what would have happened if they had occurred differently.

If Christ Is NOT Raised: 7 Hopeless Consequences of Denying the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12–19; 29–32)

  1. The Gospel Is Empty (1 Corinthians 15:13–14)
  2. The Witnesses Are Liars (1 Corinthians 15:15–16)
  3. We are Still in Our Sins (1 Corinthians 15:17)
  4. Deceased Believers Are Lost for Good (1 Corinthians 15:18)
  5. Baptism Is Meaningless (1 Corinthians 15:29)
  6. Suffering Is Pointless (1 Corinthians 15:30–32)
  7. We Are Most to Be Pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19)

But Christ IS Raised: 2 Hope-Filled Consequences of Christ's Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20–28)

Christ is risen! And this history changes the course of eternity. Instead of a hopeless end, we have endless hope.

  1. Christ's Resurrection Guarantees Our Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20–22)
  2. Christ's Resurrection Guarantees God's Reign Over All (1 Corinthians 15:23–28) 

Application: Despair Produces Dissipation, but Hope Produces Holiness (1 Corinthians 15:33–34)

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