We looked at what it was not.
Yesterday, I brought out Paul’s definition of the gospel.
Today I want to look at what it is.
When Paul delivers the gospel to us, he basically states three facts.
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
He was buried,
He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures ~ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (slightly altered)
These are not even principles – they are simply facts.
So, we saw last week that salvation (and great salvation at that) comes through believing, receiving the gospel.
Are you telling me Paul, that believing these three facts makes me a Child of God? That is all I need to do to get into heaven?
Here is my question for you – is believing facts what makes you a Christian. Can your faith be boiled down to a list of things you agree with, or are willing to attest to? Can your “faith” be demonstrated by the recitation of a creed?
It’s more than that beloved. No, I don’t mean more as in you have stuff you have to do, but more as in – more than facts.
These three facts are what set Jesus apart from any other man – and really it is only one of these facts that creates this new abundant life we walk in.
Many people have died (ok – no one else died for my sins, but hold that thought)
Many people have been buried
These facts don’t move me.
Only Jesus was raised up once and for all – and lives on today.
The truth of the resurrection is the lynch pin of all truth. Paul is going to spend the rest of this chapter making his case for the resurrection, and it’s importance and prominence.
Today however, I want to give this one more turn and say we are not saved because we can believe these facts. Facts do not save, doctrine does not save, theology does not save, ideas do not save.
It is not believing facts about Jesus that takes us from darkness to light. It is putting our trust and faith in Jesus Himself that saves us.
Let me say it again.
The gospel is not facts, it is a man, The Man Christ Jesus.
The Perfect Man Christ Jesus, who lived a perfect life and was therefore a worthy sacrifice for sin.
He died on the cross for our sins, not for His own, but for our sins, yours and mine.
He was buried.
He was raised up on the third day.
He lives to make intercession for you.
I have more to say, but you don't have to wait - You can give your life to Jesus right now.
Give Him your sin scarred life, and let Him resurrect you into a brand new, clean, whole life, with Jesus on the inside.
Ask Him. He will!
See you tomorrow.