A Question I Was Asked:



Can You Explain 1 Corinthians 15:19?








Can you explain this verse to us: "if only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. " 1 Corinthians 15:19.



UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, this means pretty much what it says. The Christian life can be very hard, sometimes one must deny oneself opportunities, sometimes one needs to walk away from former friendships (because certain former friendships might have brought one into questionable company or into tempting areas of life). Maybe one might have wanted to go into certain sports or pastimes which would not have been compatible with a dedicated Christian walk.

Furthermore, one might be severely persecuted, or just plain ignored at times because of the erroneous idea that Christians are against almost everything. Sometimes one is denied a just promotion at work that would have otherwise occurred. So Paul is saying that the Christian life is not easy, also in certain parts of the world it can be downright dangerous to profess Christianity.

The real reward for the Christian in is not in this life but in the life to come. Just look at what lies ahead for every Christian:

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:29).

Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. (Luke 6:23).

Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3).

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10-12).

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3).

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21).

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. (2 Corinthians 2:14-17).

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 5:1-5).

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Revelation 21:3-5).

Are not all these words tremendously encouraging? And I could have chosen a lot more!

Robin A. Brace. August 25th, 2016.

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