The gospel contains three core elements: Christ died was buried and then rose to life on the third day. Each of these elements is vital to our faith. If Jesus had not died, we would not be reconciled to God. And if He had not been buried then it would be hard to prove that He actually died. But the third point, Jesus’ resurrection, is the truth upon which our hope for the future is built. Since Jesus Christ defeated death and rose to life, we have hope of future resurrection with Him.
After a lengthy discussion on spiritual gifts and their place within the church, Paul pivots in chapter fifteen to the central message of Christianity and upon which our faith is built. Here at the beginning of 1 Corinthians 15 is the simplest, most condensed version of the gospel.
“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, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” ~1 Corinthians 15:1-4
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