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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 6 | The Gospel Is Everything (1 Corinthians 15:1~11)         Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them -- yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
11 Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

 

 

Reflection

The Heart of Our Faith (15:1–7)

Paul now transitions from giving practical instructions about Christian living to the final part of his letter, an in-depth teaching on the doctrine of the resurrection. He begins by reminding his readers about the Gospel, the message upon which the church was founded. Paul distills this message into clear and simple terms: Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. Paul places special emphasis on the number of eyewitnesses who saw the risen Jesus in order to provide reliable evidence of this miraculous event—the veracity of which is essential to the Christian faith. Though this is a message Paul has preached countless times, he knows it cannot be repeated enough. This is the Good News that saves us! 

 

Are you standing firm in the Gospel? How can you remind yourself of the Gospel daily so that you continue to believe its message?

 

Testimony of Transformation (15:8–11)

Paul shares his testimony of how Jesus revealed Himself to him while he was still an enemy of the church. It is incredible that the zealous Pharisee who encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus is now a passionate follower and church leader. Of all people, Paul perhaps best understands the grace that has been poured out on his life. Though people might revere him for his wisdom and leadership, he humbly confesses that it is not his work but God working through him. In these few sentences, Paul provides a great example of what a personal testimony should look like: a story of transformation that gives all credit and glory to God alone.

 

When was the last time you shared your testimony? How does your testimony serve as compelling evidence of the transformative power of God’s grace?

 

A letter to God 

Lord, I thank you for the Gospel that saves me. May I never grow tired of its message but remind myself of its beauty every day. I want to stand firm in the Good News, and I want my life to be a testimony of its power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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