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Reply Topic: Re: 1 Corinthians 15
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[quote="Singalphile" post=5182]Hi, Andrew32. Thank you for your thoughts. I don't have much time, but I'll briefly respond. First, the whole chapter is primarily about the resurrection, I think. So that's the main focus. I think verse 22 is simply saying that every person who is in Christ will be made alive in Christ. It's [i]not[/i] saying that everyone is in Christ or that everyone will be in Christ. Verse 23 explains that Christ - the "first fruits", as designated in verse 20 - was raised first, and then the rest of us in Christ will be raised when He returns. I don't see anything that tells us about "those who don't belong to Christ in this life" yet. The following verses do discuss his enemies and their nullification/subjection/destruction. What that will look like is not clear to me, but the salvation/redemption of all those enemies seems out of place. Paul could have said that plainly, but he doesn't. "That God may be all in all" could be a hopeful nod towards universalism, but that is again, unfortunately, too brief and vague for me to say much about it. I don't know what verse 29 means. I don't know how you tie it to verse 25, since you said verse 25 refers to a future reign of Christ after his return. Verse 29 would appear to refer to something happening at Paul's time. (I have always agreed that Mormons have a point about baptism for the dead. So I don't knock them for trying, even though these few words are far, far too little to form the basis for such a practice, imo, since we have no other reference to it in the Bible or church history, afaik.) That's all I have time for. Thank you. Have a great day![/quote]
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