First Importance

The Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Corinth says, “Brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel” (1Cor.15:1). We also need to be reminded from time to time about the gospel. It’s too easy to get caught up in everything else, and forget the main point or emphasis. When was the last time you took time to refresh yourself with the studying of the gospel?

If you had an opportunity today to share the gospel, how would you fare? By that I mean, would the hearer be able to understand what you are saying? Would it be plain and simple enough for them to grasp? Or would it be way too “churchy” or “religious”?

Paul goes on to say in the second verse, “By this gospel you are saved,”. The gospel of Jesus Christ “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes:” (Rom.1:16)

He continues, “if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” (vs.2) Are you “holding on firmly” to the gospel? Even if you have been saved for 20, 30, 40 years?

Have you studied everything under the sun, but have forgotten the gospel?

Paul says, “For what I received, I passed on to you as of “first importance:” (vs.3) What he is saying is, this is what is most important. First things first.

And what is this “first importance”? What is it that we need to be reminded about? “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,”… (vs.3)
“he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isa.53:5)
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,” Why? “so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed.” Healed from what? Healed from our sins! (1Pet.2:24)

And the “first importance” continues with, “he (Christ) was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures,” (vs.4) Oh! let us be reminded this day of “The Resurrection”. Just because it is not “Easter”, do we still remember it through out the rest of the year?

Be honest, when was the last time you thought about Christ’s resurrection? How about refreshing yourself in the scriptures regarding the resurrection. How long has it been?

“But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep it’s hold on him.” (Acts 2:24)

It is all for not if Christ has not been raised. “Our preaching and our faith is useless” (1Cor.15:14). More importantly than that he says, “we are then found to be false witnesses about God.” (vs.15) How about this, “Our faith is futile, and WE ARE STILL IN OUR SINS” (vs.17)

In other words, if there is no Resurrection of the Dead, if Christ has not been raised, then we best pack it up and go home. Lights out, show over. We are all still dead in trespasses and sins. And all those that have died before us “are lost forever.” (vs.18) All our loved ones, everybody, lost if there is no Resurrection.

“BUT CHRIST (don’t you just love those words) has indeed been raised from the dead,” (vs.20). He appeared to Peter, and then to the twelve. After that, Christ appeared to more than 500 (vs.6). There you have it! HE IS RISEN! Hallelujah!

Death came through one man, Adam. But the resurrection also came through one man. And that man is The Christ (vs.22). In Adam, we all die, but (don’t you love the “buts”) in Christ all will be made alive (vs.22).

How awesome and wonderful is The Resurrection of The Christ. In Christ we are made alive. There is no death to our spirit when we are in Christ. Our spirit man lives for ever and ever with our creator, God.

In closing, spend some time reviewing the “first importance”, The Gospel of Christ. You will be refreshed and blessed. Who knows, you might not be able to contain it and the next thing you know, your rushing out the door to tell somebody!
Amen.

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10 Responses to “First Importance”

  1. marie Says:

    “How awesome and wonderful is The Resurrection of The Christ. In Christ we are made alive. There is no death to our spirit when we are in Christ. Our spirit man lives for ever and ever with our creator, God.” I cannot think about the resurrection of The Christ without being very grateful that He took me to the cross and grave with Him so that His life could be resurrected in mine.

    I am very thankful for men like you that present the whole Gospel of the Kingdom. Christ’s death, buriel, and resurrection is the front door that enables us to enter in to the abundant life, the resurrected life, His life. The truths you’ve written here are life giving.

    The LORD’s abundant blessings to you!

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Marie,
    Thank you, and God be praised!
    Your comment, “…being very grateful that He took you to the cross and the grave”… It is so true. We have been resurrected!
    Thank you God, thank you Son of God!
    Abundant blessings back at you,
    Richard

  3. timbob Says:

    Greetings. What an incredibly timely post as it can be so easy to almost “take for granted” our great salvation. In other words, we become almost dull of hearing or stagnent as we can become involved with a church, get into a routine and conform to those around us. Things become predictable or even “taken for granted” and our first love is forgotten in a way not unlike the church of Ephesus as mentioned in Revelation.

    It’s imperative to not forget our great salvation. I have prayed and still do, that each day, my love for the Lord Jesus would be greater than the day before. That each day, some aspect of our salvation would be made more real to me. That may sound strange, but as you mention, the ressurrection of Jesus from the dead is the very core of our faith. Because he lives, we can live also.

    Here’s a thought that places things in perspective. I came to Jesus in September of 1983. I don’t remember the date, but it was on a Friday at around 11:30 am in the living room of my parents house. If I had gone into eternity in August of 1983, I would now have been in hell for 24 years. WHAT A GREAT SALVATION WE HAVE! May we never be dull of hearing the old old story of a Savior come from glory.

    I pray that all of us would take seriously the gospel of Jesus Christ; not from a religious perspective, but because our life is in Christ and he paid an incredible price at calvary to redeem us. May we would do all to reach those around us and not be caught up on things that cannot profit or deliver. That our words and actions would work to gather and not scatter. Thanks for a great post that has caused some much needed stirring! I really needed this.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  4. rjperalta Says:

    timbob,
    Amen! Brother, preach it!
    Be blessed,
    Richard

  5. Cheetah Says:

    Brothers and sisters, although through His death, burial and resurrection Jesus made a way for us to be saved from eternal damnation, through His life He made a way for us to appropriate eternal life NOW!
    We are not just saved FROM hell by His blood, we are saved TO a wonderful life of following Him where ever He leads. Remember, He said that unless we consumed His body and blood there would not be any LIFE in us and the one who feasts on Him will LIVE!
    “It is the Spirit who gives LIFE!”
    The world needs the Gospel of life that will show them how they can have the joy that God designed them for in the beginning in the Garden.
    Praise God for His indescribable gift!

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Amen!
    The world needs life! Jesus today!
    Thanks for the wonderful comment.
    God’s grace to you,
    Richard

  7. Loretta Says:

    Awesome post and comments! Preach it brothers, and praise our Lord Jesus for His great salvation.
    much love, your sister, Loretta

  8. rjperalta Says:

    Loretta,
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
    And yes, Praise Jesus for this great salvation!
    Love to you,
    Richard

  9. keith groves Says:

    Today is Friday, and the Lord allowed me to live another day for Him. And I rejoice when I can breath another breath, and stand and praise Him for all He has done I my life, and what He has brought me out of. Thank God for all His blessings that we get when we live a life worthy of Him. Jesus is so good, that I can’t hardly stand it. Praise God for all His love and mercy.
    pastor keith:

  10. rjperalta Says:

    Amen brother,
    He is worthy! Praise Him!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    May you be blessed as you go,
    Richard

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