Grace of Godliness - Part 1
THE CONFESSION OF GRACE Page
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
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
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
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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