In our quest to dive deeper into the essence of the Christian gospel, we should begin with Paul’ statement in his first letter to the Corinthians (First Corinthians 15:1-11). This statement is one of the clearest and most succinct summaries of the Christian gospel in all of Holy Scripture. Paul declares that ‘Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (vv. 3-4).’ This is the centerpiece of all that is stated in First Corinthians 15:1-11. But before we expound on the centerpiece, we must examine the context beginning with verses 1-2. ‘Brothers, I make known to you the gospel I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand (v. 1).’ The Corinthians are addressed as ‘brothers,’ which indicates a certain kinship that exists because of their agreement with Paul about the gospel. In other words, they were brothers (and sisters) with Paul in the gospel. Paul”s statement, ‘I make known to you,’ may appear to be slightly odd since we would assume that they already know the gospel. However, it seems that Paul is making the gospel known to them again, in the sense of reminding them (see NIV translation). Obviously, this is not the first time the Corinthians have heard the gospel, but they need to hear it again because of the problems they have encountered as a congregation of Christian believers. The problems that plagued the Church at Corinth are well-documented in chapters 1-14 of First Corinthians. Paul proceeds in verse 1 by referring to ‘the gospel I preached to you.’ This statement is significant because Paul seems to be emphasizing his version of the gospel as contrasted with others who were preaching distorted versions of the gospel. These were distortions of the gospel from which Paul wanted to protect the Corinthian Christians. It was the gospel that Paul preached that the Corinthian Christians needed to rediscover. Not only did the Corinthians need to rediscover the gospel that Paul preached but so do we need to rediscover that same gospel today. There is so much more to the gospel and the deeper we explore it the more we grow as Christians. 

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