1 Corinthians 15 = Rapture?

Daily Scripture readings for September, set #23:

Ruth 1
Psalm 92
Mark 8:31-38
1 Corinthians 15:1-28

In my notes on Ruth 1 I highlighted verses 13 and 20-21. It’s apparent from this chapter that Naomi gave God full credit for the negative circumstances that had befallen her, though the beginning of the chapter states that her husband and sons simply “died.” Does this mean that God killed them? Or, does Naomi just naturally acknowledge God’s sovereignty over all things, including death?

Psalm 92:6-7 are such significant verses in forming a God-centered and biblical perspective on why good things happen to bad people. “The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this: that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever.” Sidenote: verses 12-15 are surprisingly similar to Psalm 1:3.

I’m sure Peter’s attempt in Mark 8 to stop Jesus from teaching about his death was well-intentioned and probably even seemed logical at the time. However, Jesus’ scolding of him in verse 33 shows that Peter was not thinking/seeing as God thinks/sees, even though Peter’s actions would have made sense to him in the moment.

1 Corinthians 15 is a VERY doctrinally rich passage. I’ve read this many times before, but during today’s reading I noticed the last verse of this section, verse 28: “When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.” I think the logic here is this… God is seeing to it that all glory and honor and dominion are given to Christ, and once that happens Christ will give it all back to God. Is that a fair paraphrase?

Daily Scripture readings for September, set #24:

Ruth 2-3
Psalm 93
Mark 9:1-13
1 Corinthians 15:29-58

Verse 12 of Ruth 3 is an incredible act of maturity and integrity on the part of Boaz: “And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I.” He wakes up in the middle of the night and finds a woman that he’s attracted to, standing there and giving herself to him. His response: “Yes, TECHNICALLY you can be mine… but I insist that we follow the right avenues and make the whole thing legit.” Wow. Way to go, Boaz.

The immediate context of Mark 9 connects verse 1 with verse 9, and therefore the “coming of The Kingdom” with Jesus’ resurrection. “And he said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power'” (vs 1). So, in saying that some would not “taste death,” he was speaking about those who would witness his resurrection, right?

1 Cor 15:52 is a passaged frequently referenced in support of the rapture concept. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” Taken in context, does this verse speak AT ALL about being taken away from the earth? Is it not solely about the CHANGING of the believer’s body into a new spiritual body, rather than the believer’s body being REMOVED from the earth along with other believers? I’m interested to hear how an advocate of pre-tribulational rapture understands this text.

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2 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 15 = Rapture?”

  1. I know there are pre-trib proponents who would somehow interpret that passage to support their position, however, I don’t think many would. I went to a school that was pre-trib and never once heard a professor use this passage to support their pre-trib position.

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