“Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Corinthians 15:29 KJV)
I’m really beginning to see the wisdom in God allowing for the corruption of the Holy Scriptures through man’s poor translations of them (the above verse is certainly an indication of a poor translation). By and in His infinite wisdom, God has allowed for the cherubim to work upon the carnal minds of men to bring forth biased and spiritually unenlightened translations of the Scriptures, and this to keep other carnally minded men from eating of the Tree of Life.
Beloved, “cherubim” guard over and protect the glory of God by keeping adamic man from the revelation of that glory. This is why “cherubim” were embroidered on the veil that separated men from the Holy of Holies, this is why “cherubim” overshadowed the Ark of the Testimony and its Mercy Seat within the Holy of Holies, and this is why “cherubim” wield the flaming sword that guards the way to the Tree of Life.
One aspect of the ministry of the cherubim is to keep men who are not led of the Spirit from the glory of God. This relates to poor bible translations, it really does. Ask the Lord for revelation about the cherubim for it is absolutely fascinating but way far and beyond the scope of this particular article.
So what about this verse above from 1 Corinthians 15 as it is translated by the KJV translators? Do you think that saints in the early church were being “baptized for the dead” as it says?
Most bible commentators are completely stymied as to the meaning of this particular verse. One religious group, because of their confusion, even baptizes people on behalf of their dead ancestors because of it. It really amazes me to think of the religious confusion that Christendom experiences because men follow other men who are led by their carnal minds and thus all are alienated from the life and glory and revelation of God.
Now I’m not a Greek or Hebrew scholar, but I am a man who is led by the Spirit, and I am not afraid to let the Spirit guide me beyond what some pastor might call “The only inerrant version of the Bible.” There are tremendous resources available to us in this day where we can dig very deep into the languages in which the Scriptures were originally written, and we can find things there that most popular Bible translations do not reveal.
I dare to say here that if you have bought into the lie that your particular Bible translation is free from error, then you are more than likely bound by very great error in your theology. Beloved, poor Bible translations are another God ordained stumbling block for the overcomers to overcome. The Truth will not be withheld from those who are led by the Spirit of Truth.
So what does the verse from 1 Corinthians 15:29 really say? Here’s what it says in the Greek:
“Epei ti poiesousin oi baptizomenoi hyper ton nekron ei holos nekroi ouk egeirontai ti kai baptizontai hyper auton?”
I know that this doesn’t help many of us, but here is a fairly accurate English translation of the Greek …
“So, what good does it do for them to be baptized into (or, for the purpose of) death? If none of the dead will be raised, then why [are we] being baptized for that purpose?”
Beloved, Paul was not talking about being “baptized for the dead” but “baptized into death.” This is what he wrote about in Colossians 2:12 when he said, “You were all buried with him (into death) when you were baptized,” and in Romans 6 when he wrote, ”All of us who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into His death.”
Because the Corinthian church was in the heart of a Greek culture that did not believe in a bodily resurrection, Paul was addressing the issue to help clear up some confusion that had crept into the church regarding the resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15:29, Paul was (in essence) saying to the saints at Corinth, “If there is no resurrection, then Christians are to be most pitied because in our baptism we express our willingness to share in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, even unto our own death. Why then should we share in the sufferings of Christ if we have no hope of also sharing in His resurrection? This would make no sense! What would be the purpose?”
Well, we know quite well that Paul believed wholeheartedly in a resurrection out from among the dead and that he also understood quite well the purpose for being baptized into Christ’s death. Among many other places, this is shown to us in his letter to the Philippians:
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings being made conformable to his death, in order that I might attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)
Beloved, the Corinthians were not baptizing people for the dead, but they were confused about the resurrection of the dead because of the false teaching in and around the area of Corinth. Paul was straightening them out. In like manner, many Christians today are confused about many things because of bad teaching and corrupt bible translations and the Holy Spirit is straightening us out! Praise God for that!
Saints of God, the time has come for Babylonian confusion to come to an end in those who are not afraid to be wholeheartedly led by the Spirit of God. Please, beloved brethren, let the Spirit of Truth lead you out from all of the Babylonian teachings and traditional religious dogma of Churchianity, and let Him guide you into all Truth — The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
BE LED BY THE SPIRIT, beloved, and not by men and with rather bad bible translations.