The Gospel

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures

I Corinthians 15:1-4

In this passage, Paul says that he declared the gospel to the Corinthians.  Then, he goes on to explain, in concise form, exactly what the gospel is.  “…how Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”  That is a perfect summary of the gospel.

1. Christ died for our sins.  We are all sinners.  We are sinners by nature and sinners by choice.  And that sin needs to be paid for.  Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for that sin.  He died for our sins.  That is the first part of the gospel.

2. He was buried.  Jesus died for our sins and He was buried.  He wasn’t just beaten and mocked.  He was killed.  And He was buried.

3. He rose again the third day.  This is a key to the gospel.  Jesus rose again.  He is the only man in history to rise from the dead on His own power.  He conquered death and the grave.  This is what separates Jesus from everyone and everything else.  He rose from the dead.

4. He did all of these things “according to the scriptures.”  He fulfilled the Word of God.  He did everything according to the scriptures.  If the Bible says something, it is accurate.  If Jesus says something, it is accurate.

That is the gospel.  It is simple and wonderful!

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