Devotional Thought for Today – 09/20/2022

1 CORINTHIANS 15

Chapter CONTEXT from MHCC: 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)

The very basic core beliefs of Christianity are summarized in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him in faith. Why say very basic core beliefs? I do not hold to the position, as many that these few scriptures are the complete Gospel. The premise here is three-fold:

  1. Christ died for our sins
  2. He was buried
  3. He rose again

The issue here should be clear, there are many cults, denominations , and sects all claiming these three items all the while denying the divinity of Christ. Or the countless groups that teach that Salvation is based upon our own good works. Or those who claim salvation and ignore the Lordship of Christ.

So should we as True Believers ignore this passage as a “summary” of the Gospel, I would say absolutely not. In CONTEXT, Paul is not arguing that this is a full summarization of the Gospel message, he is however arguing for the factual resurrection of Christ. This is a foundation block of the Gospel. What we must do is as Paul recommends in 2 Timothy 2:15, consistently study the Word of God in order to have a right understanding of it.

Encouraging that consistent study is needed today more than ever. We live in a time when “believers” do not have a true Biblical or Christian Worldview. They are unable as Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15, to defend their faith against even the very fundamental questions about Christianity.

I encourage everyone to read the following:

The State of Theology

What do Americans believe about God, the Bible, and salvation? Ligonier Ministries’ State of Theology survey provides eye-opening {SCARY} insights.

VIEW KEY FINDINGS

EXPLORE ALL RESULTS


RESOURCES:

Biblical Apologetics Study Online Course (FREE)

What in the World Is a Worldview? by James Anderson

World Views by Jerry Solomon


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