Our true hope in Christ is not in this life only. It is in the life to come. Paul writes of the incredible future awaiting us through Jesus Christ: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:16-18).
Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 now becomes clear:
“Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.
“For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”
Paul explains it in detail in the Resurrection Chapter, showing how the very composition of our bodies has to change, from mortal to immortal, from physical to spirit (1 Corinthians 15:35-58).
This is the true hope in Christ! Will you now place your hope in this glorious future?