010 Memorize The Bible With Me – Good News, Christ Died For Our Sins – 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

by Dan Horner on March 4, 2012

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MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.comEver heard that “Gospel” means “Good News”?

Paul used this phrase in a letter to a church he founded in Corinth.

We call the letter 1 Corinthians and the phrase “Good News” is in chapter 15 verse 1.  Actually, it depends on the Bible Translation you’re using.  If you are using a New International Version you’ll find the word “Gospel” but if you are using the New Living Translation you’ll find the phrase “Good News.”

What is the Good News?

Well, since the Apostle Paul used the phrase, let’s let him speak for himself.

That’s the foundation for this weeks memory verses from the Bible.  Paul was explaining in his letter the foundation of the Good News (or Gospel) and he emphasizes that he is being faithful to pass on what is most important.  Sounds like we should sit up and take notice.

Good News – Christ Died for Our Sins!

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me.
Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.

He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.

He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.

After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6

I love that Paul is basically saying:  “You don’t believe me?  Go ask an eyewitness.  Most are still alive!”

Is this awesome or what?  This letter was written right about 20 years after Christ’s death and resurection and Paul is speaking as though he was taught this Gospel some time ago and is being faithful to pass it on.

Strong indication that this early creed was from the very beginning and firmly taught by the Apostles.  Namely:  Christ died for our sins, was buried and then on the third day rose from the dead.

So radical is this statement that Paul just simply reminds his readers – it’s not just my word, there are also plenty of eyewitnesses.

Jesus appeared to Peter, the Twelve, even 500 who saw Jesus at one time.  It’s as if Paul is saying:  “If you don’t believe me, ask an eyewitness – they’re still available!”

Thank you again for joining me this week.

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Take care and have a great week!

Dan

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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