One of the most intriguing verses in my Bible is 1 Corinthians 15:29:
“Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?” (1 Cor. 15:29)
What? People were baptized on behalf of the dead in the early church? Or was this just something that Paul was suggesting undermined some people’s faulty theology on future resurrection? Or should we just give up trying to figure it out?
There are plenty of opinions in scholarly literature and I’m sure there are plenty of opinions within non-scholarly circles. After spending last night reading through and considering the text, I came to one conclusion: after reading the Greek, my past proposal was impossible! Argh!
So I’d like to know what you believe is the way to understand this verse! Let’s discuss…
Luke is a pastor-theologian living in northern California, serving as a co-lead pastor with his life, Dawn, at the Red Bluff Vineyard. Father of five amazing kids, when Luke isn’t hanging with his family, reading or writing theology, he moonlights as a fly fishing guide for Confluence Outfitters. He blogs regularly at LukeGeraty.com and regularly contributes to his YouTube channel.