1Co 15:3-8 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: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
The gospel is the “good news” about the Messiah and what He has done for us. Paul gives us a listing of the very basics of the gospel message:
- The gospel is a message originating with God and handed down to mankind.
- It includes a three-fold fulfillment of OT prophecies and teachings: Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
- The gospel message also includes the unquestionable proof of its reliability found in its many, varied eye-witnesses.
Paul says this message was “delivered” to the Corinthian church members. The Greek term translated “delivered” is an interesting word. It combines at least two ideas. It involves “handing over” and “entrusting for safekeeping”. In other words… it was “handed” it to them for their personal salvation, as well as “entrusted” to them to minister to others.
As we relate the gospel message to others, let’s be sure we relate it a clear, concise and caring way. Not only are we affecting the lives of those to whom we are speaking; but, following their salvation, we are also affecting the lives of all with whom they may share the message.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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