1 Corinthians 15:20-22
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Many of the new Christians in Corinth were confused about some of the things they had been taught. Many didn’t believe in resurrection of the dead. In his letters to the Corinthians, Paul reminded them that because Jesus was resurrected, we can be resurrected too.
When we are resurrected, our bodies will be changed and become “incorruptible” as Paul taught, never to die again. Because we know we will be resurrected and live after we die, we know it is important to live the best we can while on the earth.
Paul also mentions that baptism for the dead was being performed in the church anciently, just as we do today. We can help our ancestors who died without a knowledge of the gospel have the opportunity to accept the gift of baptism by performing baptisms for the dead in temples. We can also be sealed to our families through temple ordinances. If we live worthily, we will have the opportunity to have the gift of eternal life and live in God’s presence as families.
“Now, the next thing of which I am certain, and of which I bear witness, is the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. … It affirms that we lived before we were born in mortality. Mortality is but a stepping-stone to a more glorious existence in the future. The sorrow of death is softened with the promise of the Resurrection.” Gordon B. Hinckley
Because Jesus Christ was resurrected, what blessings are promised to us?
How does our knowledge of the resurrection affect the way we live?
How are mortal bodies different from resurrected bodies? (See 1 Corinthians 35-54)
Where are the ordinances like baptism for the dead and sealing families together for eternity performed? (In the temple.)
Why is the building of temples throughout the world important?
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.