CONTEXT: Matthew Henry describes this chapter as follows: The apostle proves the resurrection of Christ from the dead. (1-11) Those answered who deny the resurrection of the body. (12-19) The resurrection of believers to eternal life. (20-34) Objections against it answered. (35-50) The mystery of the change that will be made on those living at Christ’s second coming. (51-54) The believer’s triumph over death and the grave, An exhortation to diligence. (55-58)
Paul here (v.1-4) makes a clear case for the Whole Gospel message:
1) It must be preached
2) Christ alone died for our sins
3) He was buried (sealed away in a tomb)
4) He rose again from the dead
Far too many pulpits today fall short in preaching the whole Gospel. Christ salvation through Christ okay, easy salvationism for certain, but the death and resurrection of Christ and the need for man to follow that example no way.
“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand” (1 Corinthians 15:1).
The true church has consistently testified to the power of the Resurrection.