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No where does Paul say in I Cr. 15 that:
... Christ is not raised meaning that there was no payment for sin on the cross, ...
Paul's hypothetical concept in I Cr. 15 is not whether or not Jesus died for sins on the Cross, but whether or not resurrection is a reality or not.
Note even though Paul is being hypothetical because Jesus died, buried and resurrected, Paul is still pointing to a hypothetical reality of that case if Jesus were not raised.
I Cr 15 is very clear and simple to understand.
Without taking anything out of context or adding to or detracting from the evidence in I Cr 15 says:
1Cr 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures
1Cr 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures
1Cr 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins
Paul is not forgetting what he just stated in I Cr 15:3, 15,4 about Jesus dying for sins, being buried, and being resurrected. Paul does speak of resurrection in general and Jesus' resurrection. Paul freely admits that Jesus died, buried, and resurrected according to the scriptures and that if he had not resurrected ye are yet in your sins.
There was more to Jesus' sacrificial work (offerings) of the one sacrifice of himself (for sin) than the work (physical sufferings, shedding of Blood) up to and including the Death. (See Hebrews 9:11-27)
11But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,e then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctifyf for the purification of the flesh, 14how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify ourg conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
15Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.h 16For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
23Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself
. 27And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
"heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these" Note "heavenly things" and "sacrifices" are both plural.
I submit that the "Blood of Jesus" (the life thereof) continued after death to continue His work of himself in sacrifice.
Also after Resurrection the Bloood of Jesus continued I Cr. 15: 3-9:
3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
9For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/04/2011 03:43AM by Truthtesty.