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Of First Importance!

by on March 6, 2013

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.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

This week’s memory verse contains what often is referred to as ‘the Kerygma’, the basic preaching of the essential gospel of Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection. The term ‘Kerygma’ comes from the Greek word that expresses the idea to preach or proclaim, thus we have the very basic proclamation of the Gospel. This is ‘of first importance’ because apart from this essential message, Christianity would be just another religion that teaches how to work our way to God. Instead, we have the beautiful message of the grace of God that is proclaimed by Paul, which he received and faithfully passed on to the Corinthian church. God chose to love us and provide an atonement for our sin that can only be received by faith through God’s grace.

It is interesting that Paul claims all parts of the Kerygma are found in scripture, and he must be referencing the Old Testament as well as any Apostolic writings that we now have in our New Testament. When Jesus appeared after the resurrection he used the Old Testament to show the Messiah must suffer and die for sins (Luke 24:25-27). Likewise, when Paul went to the synagogue he too went to the Old Testament to demonstrate the same (Acts 17:1-3). Isaiah 53, which teaches of God’s suffering servant, must have been prominent in such presentation. Another example could be Psalm 16:10 states “you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption” which looks ahead to the resurrection of our Lord.

This passage in 1Cor. 15 is a reminder once again of the truth of 2Tim. 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. The simple truth of the Gospel of he death, burial and resurrection of Christ is of first importance and was taught according to the scriptures as the Holy Spirit enlightened and revealed them. What is ‘of first importance’ for Paul’s preaching shall be the same for us today as we are faithful in proclaiming His word.

One Comment
  1. The gospel in a nutshell. Oh that I would long to pass this on to others as of first importance.

    Ann Stout

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