1Cor. 15:1-4, Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

In many churches the historical reality of Jesus’ resurrection is some children’s story thrown in to the Sunday School mix at Easter time. Paul points out again to a carnal, struggling church that the resurrection is the heart of the gospel.

If you don’t believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the grave, you aren’t saved; you have no part of Him. The resurrection isn’t some doctrine that is tied into the gospel- without it we have no hope.

The church at Corinth needed to be reminded of this truth again;
What about you? Do you believe the gospel?
Has it changed you forever?
Or is it some story you heard as a child and the media talks about it once a year?

Notice their Scripture says: preached, received and stand.

The gospel is the central message to a lost and dying world around us- it must be preached- from the pulpit as well as to our friends and those we meet along our daily lives- Tell others about what Jesus did “for” you!

The gospel must be individually received- must be believed and a turn of the individual from his/her wicked ways.

Then the gospel MUST be lived out daily- “stand” (gk: “histemi”) to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set: to stand up in the presence of others, in the midst, before judges, to make firm to fix to establish.
This word also points to the foundation which a house is built!

In other words, if you hear the gospel, and you claim to receive the gospel, then your life will be marked by continous obedience to the gospel. It becomes the foundation which your life is built upon.

There are two types of people in the church:
the genuine followers of Jesus Christ and the false follower of Jesus Christ.
There are those whose belief in Jesus is genuine and real- then there are those whose belief in Jesus is vain, hollow and useless.

2 Cor. 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is passed away; behold, the new has come.

If we are “in” Christ He becomes our entire identity. We line up our lives with His. We love Him. We obey Him. We tell others about Him. We Know Him! He is NOT some God we claim to have made a one time commitment to so we can get our “get out of hell free” card.

Becoming a Christian has nothing to do with a one-time commitment or decision- so so many people have been fooled by this belief!! BUT is IS a life time commitment that is marked by a life of continual obedience to Him and a continual growth in Him and His Word.

I have a true story from my Pastor while he was in another country- that I’ll share:

He states that while witnessing to her, he asked if she knew about Christianity. She said she heard about Mary and Jesus that she had heard and read- what she did know was Biblically inaccurate. He began to explain to tell her about this man named Jesus, how He was fully God and fully man; that He was the eternal Son of God.

Then how we are all sinners; liars, cheats, stealers, we are immoral, selfish etc. She agreed. So then how God is holy and perfect and our sin separated us from God- that the penalty is death.

Then he told her the reason Jesus came was to save us, to rescue us so we could have the right relationship with God. That Jesus had to die in our place; the righteous for the unrighteous. That Jesus took upon Himself ALL our sins to die in our place.

Then he was amazed to hear what she said: She said, ” But that’s not fair. What Jesus because of my sins, just isn’t fair!” He said, you are exactly right. It isn’t fair and that is the whole point of the gospel! THAT’S GRACE!

He said, There are two primary things that separate Christianity from all other religions- the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that salvation comes not from being a better person, but it comes only from continuous trust in Jesus Christ.”

He said, He had never thought of the gospel the way Penny did.
It isn’t fair.
It IS an Unfair gospel.

I have a friend with a web site it is: www.diamondsfromthedust.com

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