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1 Corinthians 15:1-5

In 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 Paul reminds the Corinthian church of the gospel he preached to them. As a result of his preaching, it has impacted them:

  • They received it
  • They stand on it
  • They are being saved by it

But there is a big ‘if’ Paul gives them – they need to hold fast to that gospel for the impact to occur. “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.”

Remember that the word gospel means “good news.” The best news ever is that we can be saved from the punishment we deserve from God because of what Jesus did for us. But the message of the gospel must first be believed and embraced. It had to be received, which the Corinthians had done. Once received we have to deal with the truth of the gospel and take a stand which the Corinthian church had done. In spite of all their problems and sinful ways, they stood on the gospel Paul preached to them. The Corinthian Christians had done well in that they received the gospel. They were doing well in that they did stand in the gospel. But they had to continue to do well, and hold fast to the gospel even as the world tries to rip it away.

If the Corinthian Christians did not continue to hold fast, one day they might let go of the gospel. And if one lets go of the gospel, all their previous belief won’t do them any good. It was as if they had believed in vain. The idea that we must hold fast to the gospel indicates that the world around us wants to snatch it from us. There are many who don’t want the gospel of Christ to be proclaimed and certainly not be received. But at this point, Paul is pleased with how the Corinthian church is taking care of what he has entrusted to them – receiving, standing on and holding fast to the gospel.

Paul continues and reminds them of what he has taught them. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” The gospel message is really pretty simple. Jesus was crucified on the Cross, was buried, rose from the grave on the third day fulfilling scripture, and appeared to many. That death, burial and resurrection is what gives us forgiveness of our sin through faith in Christ. We sometimes complicate what happened far too much. Jesus conquered death, and if we receive his grace and believe in Him, our sins will be wiped away and we’ll be saved for eternity. That’s the simplicity of the gospel!

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