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The Grace of Godliness - Part 1


V. 5 - 8

** Having just borne witness to the validity of the resurrection by the means of the changed lives of the Corinthian believers and the testimony of Scripture, what does Paul turn to next for proof?

Eye witness accounts! Individuals that had seen the risen Savior. First hand testimony by those who had actually been there.

** Who saw the resurrected Christ?

First, Cephas (Peter), then the twelve (now minus Judas, but they were known as "the twelve"), then more than five hundred brethren at one time, then James (most likely His brother, the writer of the epistle and head of the Jerusalem church) and then more times to the apostles and finally to Paul himself.

** How many witnesses does it take to confirm a fact in a Jewish court of law?
cf. Matthew18:16, John 8:17, 2Corinthians 13:1, 1Timothy 5:19

Deuteronomy 19:15 "by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed"

** Given that standard, would you think that there is sufficient evidence to prove that Jesus Christ rose from the dead?

Absolutely! It is only the sinfulness of man that would willingly reject so great a witness.

** In verse eight, what insight do we gain about the apostle Paul's view of himself?

He was a misfit, last of all in importance, but even so, our gracious Lord appeared to Him because of the work that Christ wanted Paul to do.

V. 9 ** How does Paul further describe himself in comparison to the other apostles?

"...the least of the apostles..."

** What reason does he give for having that opinion?

"...because I persecuted the church of God."

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