Of First Importance : The Firstfruits

Of First Importance : The Firstfruits

Chris Breslin
1 Corinthians 15:12-28

“Christians do not believe in the empty tomb but in the living Christ.” -Karl Barth

“The early morning belongs to the church of the risen Christ. At the break of light it remembers the morning on which death and sin lay prostrate in defeat and new life and salvation were given to mankind.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Easter meets Genesis…the creator has re-created creation within creation.” –Jeremy Begbie

“Jesus’ scars also remind us that God can redeem all wounds, no matter the cause. Whether your scars are the result of something good or something terrible, God can take your afflictions and turn them into life.” –Sharon Hodde Miller (“Why Stretch Marks Remind Me of the Resurrection,” article at Christianity Today)

“Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything…Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink…A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together.” -1 Corinthians 12:12-14 from the Message

The infamous "Kudzu Jesus" card from the cutting room floor.

The infamous “Kudzu Jesus” card from the cutting room floor.

I told you these bunnies were scary.

I told you these bunnies were scary.

Further “Of First Importance” Series Reading

Resounding Truth by Jeremy Begbie

NICNT: 1 Corinthians by Gordon Fee

Anchor Bible Commentary: 1 Corinthians by Joseph Fitzmeyer

Interpretation: 1 Corinthians by Richard B. Hays

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

The Corinthian Body by Dale Martin

Prototype by Jonathan Martin

Resurrection & Moral Order by Oliver O’Donovan

Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson

Practice Resurrection by Eugene Peterson

Unapologetic by Francis Spufford

Resurrection and the Son of God by N.T. Wright (academic)

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright (accessible)


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