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1 Corinthians and Kingdom-Temple Typology of Resurrection

The framework for a proper understanding of 1 Corinthians 15 starts in the 14 preceding chapters and builds to a crescendo in chapter 15. Every element of the resurrection is found and explained in the light of Israel’s Old Covenant Temple and Kingdom typology. To suggest 1 Corinthians 15 is unrelated to the rest of the epistle is to misunderstand both. Every seemingly difficult term in chapter 15 has already been discussed and defined in the previous chapters.

Paul addresses the following:

  • Jewish origins of the Corinthian church forming the framework of his theology and eschatology in the Law and the Prophets (Acts 18:8f; 24:14-15; 26:6-8; 24:28:20)
  • The temple vessels (1:2)
  • The Shekinah glory of the Spirit to lead the new Israel (body of Christ) through the wilderness (1:4-8)
  • The offering for sin (Jesus Christ and him crucified, 2:2
  • The house made with hands,  (old temple appointed for destruction, 2:6-8)
  • The natural versus the spiritual man (2:9-16)
  • The planting (sowing) of the living saints per Matt. 13:37-38, 1 Cor. 3:6-8)
  • The wheat field growing with the tares, (Compare 2:6-8) with ch. 3:9
  • The building  i.e., temple in progress, (3:9)
  • The temple of God, 3:16-17
  • The Shekinah glory of the Spirit who indwells and leads them to the new Canaan, (3:17, Mic. 7:15)
  • Transition from the Old Covenant age to the New, (1:20, 2:6. 3:22)
  • Appointed time of judgment, (4:5)
  • Reigning with Christ in the kingdom-temple, 4:7-8
  • The kingdom temple and the Shekinah glory, (4:19)
  • The feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover, (5:1-7)
  • Judging the world (primarily Jewish cosmos, but inclusive of nations of Daniel’s vision, (6:1-2; Dan. 2, 7)
  • Appointing spiritual judges in the church as in Israel and versus unbelieving Jewish courts (6:2)
  • Inheriting the kingdom of God, (6:9, 10; 1 Cor. 15:50)
  • Raising “out” (resurrection out from among the dead ones) of the living who were sown by Christ [the gospel] (1 Cor. 6:14; 15:51; Acts 4:2; Phil. 3:11)
  • Eating things sacrificed to idols and joining the members of Christ to a harlot, (6:13-18; Rev. 2;14, 22; 17-18; Num. 25:1-4; Ex. 32)
  • The [collective, corporate]body of Christ as the temple of God, in whom the Shekinah glory dwelt, (1 Cor. 6:16-18)
  • Confirmation of the Jewish nucleus in the Corinthians church, (7:18)
  • Current persecution and great tribulation, (7;26)
  • Short time before the consummation of the age, (7:29)
  • Then current passing of the Jewish Cosmos, (7:31; 2:6-7)
  • Danger of joining themselves to idols, (8:1f; 6:13-18)
  • Right of minister to receive support based on priests who served in the temple, (9:11-14)
  • Exodus and Moses in the wilderness as a type of the church’s journey, 10:1-4
  • Warning against idolatry of going back to Egypt, i.e. Judaism, and pagan temples  (10:5, Ex. 32)
  • Joining themselves to the harlot (10:8; Num. 25:1-4; Rev. 17, 18).
  • End of the ages, 10:11
  • Avoid the temptation of pagan temples and idolatry that tempted Israel, (10:6-14).
  • The covering of God in the tabernacle of the garden temple in Eden, (1 Cor. 11:1-16)
  • The unifying nature of the Passover and the Lord’s supper, (17-34)
  • The Shekinah glory of the Spirit among Israel with wonders and signs regulating and preserving the unity of the corporate body of Christ, (12:)
  • Spirit’s leading the body of Christ from glory of the Old Covenant to the Face to Face Presence of Christ, in the glory of the New Covenant, i.e. Resurrection, (1 Cor. 13:10-12; 2 Cor. 3:6-18, 1 C or. 15)
  • Sign of Tongues as a symbol of judgment against Old Covenant Israel,- (1 Cor. 14:20; Isa. 28:11-12)
  • Resurrection in the kingdom temple at the end of the age, (ch. 15)

Here is a link to the broadcast where many of these concepts are explained. It is a 2 hour recording. I will and turn into two Audio CD’s.


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