1 Corinthians 15:1-3 - The Verses Project

Bible 1 Corinthians 15:1-3

Posted October 13, 2014

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. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures…

When you hear the word “gospel”, what do you think of? At the end of his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul clarifies what the gospel (or good news) actually is. We’ll make a few observations from these three verses:

The gospel is both for Christians and non-Christians.

Though Paul preached the gospel to those in Corinth, he did not just stop there. He also felt it was necessary to remind them of the gospel! The gospel is not a class we graduate from, which leads to the next point.

The gospel is not simply Christianity 101.

For some reason, we have come to think of the gospel as an intro course to our faith, and once we graduate, we move on to “deeper” more mature things. However, Paul clearly states that not only is the gospel received, but the gospel is also the very thing in which we stand (note the present tense!) and by which we are being saved. JD Geear wisely said, “Growth in Christ is never going beyond the gospel, but going deeper into the gospel.”

The gospel is of first importance.

The gospel is not a secondary issue, but a foundational one! If there is no gospel, there is no Christianity! May our churches hold strong to Paul’s words, and may we as Christians do the same… May the gospel be a fountain to us that we drink of regularly and never simply assume.

The gospel is grounded in Christ’s death.

The good news we declare is that Christ was crucified for our sins, plain and simple. This was part of God’s plan all along (“in accordance with the Scriptures”)! Though man had sinned, God sent His own Son to pay that penalty through his death on the cross as the perfect sacrifice, taking on the judgment and wrath we rightfully deserved. If there is no blood, there is no gospel. Whoever comes to believe and trust in His work for them receives eternal life (John 3:16, 3:36).

To study more on this subject, consider reading Tim Keller’s “The Prodigal God” or John Stott’s lengthier “The Cross of Christ”.

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Song by Mark Wilkins & Latifah Phillips.
Production & Mix by Latifah Phillips.
Artwork by Emily Carlton.