Begin With 'It Is Finished'
And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is in vain [it amounts to nothing] and your faith is devoid of truth and is fruitless (without effect, empty, imaginary, and unfounded). 1 Corinthians 15:14 (AMPC)
Why did the apostle Paul find it important to mention that the resurrection of Christ is why we do what we do? Isn’t that obvious? What would we preach about if the resurrection never happened?
On the surface, it seems like a statement that doesn’t even need to be said, but unfortunately it’s not the foundation from which many people start. It’s vital that we build everything we do, say and believe on the resurrection of Jesus. Christianity isn’t built on whether or not healing is for today, if speaking in tongues is for everyone, or end times eschatology. However, many people will use those topics as the foundation of what they believe and, if you see things differently, they put a dividing wall up between you. We are wasting our time if the foundation of our faith is built on anything other than the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have an opinion on other spiritual things, but when your faith is built on them, you are missing the point. We must filter everything we do and believe through what Jesus accomplished through His death, burial and resurrection; including how we read the Bible.
The reason there are over 48,000 Christian denominations is because everyone looks at the Bible in a different way and interprets things through whichever lens they were taught to look through. It’s okay to see things differently than the person next to you, but if those things are causing division, it’s going against everything that Jesus stood for. Jesus came to bring unity, not division. If what you believe about God is causing you to separate yourself from people who see things differently, you have built your faith on the wrong foundation.
The Bible has been used to cause division all over the world all in the name of God. Because of that, the world has a very skewed view of what Christianity is and God’s true character. The foundation of Christianity is not on a book that can be interpreted to say a number of different things. Christianity’s foundation is built on the resurrection of Christ. Period. We then filter everything we see throughout the Bible through that foundation. Will we come away with different conclusions? Yes. But, as long as our foundation remains on Christ, we can still move forward with one another despite our differences.
There is a generation of people being talked out of their faith because they have built on faulty footing. If our faith is built on the wrong foundation, everything we do is in vain. Is the Bible vital to our growth? Absolutely! I’m not saying the Bible is unimportant! But everything we read in it must be understood through the resurrection. Christianity isn’t the faith of “it is written” but on “it has happened.” When we approach what is written through that lens, we will see love and Grace all throughout scripture.
As the apostle Paul said, everything we do is pointless if the resurrection never happened. You don’t have to feel obligated to have an answer for everything written throughout the Bible, but when you begin with “It is finished,” the Bible will make much more sense and nothing can talk you out of your faith.