1 Corinthians 15:1-4
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
The Declaration of the Gospel of Christ
Apostle Paul in this chapter deals with the resurrection of Christ, but the first four verses deal with his declaration of the Gospel to the Corinthians Christians.
It is important to be reminded of the Gospel over and over again after you have believed the Gospel, and what that does to you is that it helps you to be effective witnesses for Christ, and also helps your faith in Christ to be firm, and fruitful.
Let’s Consider the Declaration of the Gospel in this chapter
The Devil Called Preachers
1. I Declare
To declare is to make known, make known, give to understand, and to know. The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of the Gospel, and you have to believe this truth about the Gospel because you can be saved.
Not that these believers were not saved, but they are saved but then giving them the understanding of the mystery of the Gospel of Christ. Apostle being able to reach out to so many Gentile believers preached fully the Gospel of grace.
1Corinthians 1:23-24, 1Corinthians 2:2-7; Acts 18:4-5; Galatians 1:6-12
One of the things that rejoice in my heart is to see men of God preaching the right Gospel, and let me say this if any preachers do not get the Gospel right, then he has missed the whole point. I do not understand how you can be qualified to become a preacher without understanding the true Gospel of Christ.
2. The Recipient of the Gospel
Verse 1b, “Which also ye have received”
What do they receive? The Gospel
When do they receive it? When It was preached undiluted
1 Corinthians 1:4-8
3. The Establishment of the Believers in the Gospel
Our establishment is in the Gospel of Christ, and not in the things that we do as believers. Because these believers believed the Gospel, they were established.
Romans 5:2; 2Corinthians 1:24; 1Peter 5:12
You will become unstable as water if your faith is standing in the works of the law because you will always see your inadequacy, and not His ability to keep us from falling.
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4. The Saving Power of the Gospel
“By which also ye are saved”
The only thing that saved people is the Gospel, because of the power it contains. The Gospel is the power of God, and its components, that is death, burial, and his resurrection.
You can’t deny any of this, and still call yourself a believer, because what makes you a believer is what Christ did.
“If ye keep in memory what I have preached unto you”
I believe that what this phrase means is this, after some people heard it, they became vain in their imagination about the Gospel, and those people were never saved.
1 Corinthians 15:11-12
You become a believer the moment you believed in the death, burial, and resurrection in its simplicity, you may not fully grasp every detail, but you understand and believe that Christ died for my sins, and he was buried and rose again the third day.
I always emphasize that people must understand the basics of the Gospel, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Now the word of God has been preached, and then you apply faith to what has been preached as verity. Faith is the persuasion that something is true.
3b. “Unless ye have believed in vain”
There is vanity in the soul of a man that rejects the Gospel of Christ.
You just don’t believe with your tongue, but with your heart. Some believed, and they do not hope in these promises, but what really saves is that you believed, and hope in the promises of that eternal life that Christ promised through believing in the Gospel.
2 Corinthians 6:1
It is vain to label yourself as a believer, and not stand up to the foundational truth of salvation. It is called fake standing.
The question is not whether the Gospel has the power to save, but the question is, do you believe what the Bible says about the Gospel?
Do not become vain in your imagination, this truth is what the Bible teaches, you can only be saved by what Christ did for you on the cross, his death for your sins, and the third day, he rose again.
5. The Delivering of the Gospel
a. Preachers are to deliver the truth to their congregation as received without dilution, and compromise. Do not compromise the Gospel of Christ, it is free, and it is forever.
1 Corinthians 11:2
Galatians 1:12- Apostle was taught by the Lord Jesus Christ the wonderful truth that he needs to know so that he can be effective in sharing this with others.
b. According to the scripture
When it comes to the Gospel, our opinion does not matter, but what matters is the Bible. What the Bible says is the final authority of faith and practice.
Apostle delivered to the Corinthians church the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for the redemption of our sins.
The resurrection is the finality of the Gospel. Do you believe it?