Of First Importance
“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, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”
(1 Corinthians 15:1–5 ESV)
“And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
(1 Corinthians 15:14–19 ESV)
“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
(1 Corinthians 15:20 ESV)
My faith…your faith…our faith…is based on a historical event, the resurrection of Christ.
I have a very high view of Scripture…but the foundation of the faith is an event, not a book.
This is the Gospel, that Christ came, died for our sins, and was raised from the dead…and because He was, you will be too.
That’s the good news…that supersedes all the bad news of this life.