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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15)

If someone asked you, "what is the gospel," could you explain it to them? What if someone asked you, "what must I do to be saved; to have eternal life?" Could you explain it to them with Scripture? That is what Jesus expects each of His followers to do.

So let's make sure we know exactly where the Gospel is according to Scripture. Paul defined the gospel for us:

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved.

Then he went on to tell us what the gospel is, in a nutshell:

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

So that's the gospel; that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day. But it doesn't end there.

Notice Paul also said "which you received, by which you are saved." What does that mean?

It means that salvation from our sins is based on receiving the substitutional sacrifice of Jesus in our place. Jesus died the death that we deserve for our sins.

We "receive" the gospel when we turn from our sins and trust that Jesus' death paid the debt for our sins which we couldn't pay ourselves.

Receiving that free gift which God provided for us is how we are saved from our sins:

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God loves us so much that He stepped off His throne in heaven and took on human flesh when He was "born" of a virgin. No human being ever born on this earth is capable of living a sinless life. Since we are all flawed with sin, only God Himself could serve as the perfect sacrificial lamb to take away our sins. And He loves us so much, He was willing to do it:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

So the only question is, will you turn from your sins, trust in Jesus, and tell others about the salvation He has given you?

Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Dear Lord, Let me never forget that I am just a sinner in need of your salvation by your sacrifice in my place. Lord, thank you for loving me enough to forgive me and die for me. Please put it on my heart who I am to share your great story of love and salvation with today. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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