The one thing … resurrection!
Acts 24: 21 (Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin) – unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: “It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.”’
This one thing, resurrection!
It is what unites and divides.
Paul preached it and some outside the Church sneered (Acts 17:32) and some inside chose not to believe (1 Corinthians 15:12).
This one thing, resurrection, is not only the foundation of our faith but for Paul it offers the true essence and meaning for our faith.
If Jesus Christ was not raised then he lied about his own resurrection (Mark 9:31).
If Jesus Christ was not raised then the cross has no power to save (1 Corinthians 15:3).
If Jesus Christ was not raised then there is no hope that anyone be raised (1 Corinthians 15:18-19).
If Jesus Christ was not raised then God who raises the dead has not vindicated him (1 Corinthians 15:20).
If Jesus Christ was not raised then sin and death cannot be defeated (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
If Jesus Christ was not raised then there is no new life in God now (Romans 6:4).
Paul and resurrection, one thing, this is why he is on trial.
Most importantly, if this one thing did not exist then … where is the body of Jesus? The Sanhedrin could not and would never be able to explain the whereabouts of the dead body of Jesus Christ.
The Pharisees also believed in resurrection. That was not the one thing Paul was meaning.
You speak to people today and many will hold to a nice thought that people are still alive after their death. But this is not the one thing that challenges.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ and all of the effects of that one thing, that is the one thing!