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Unworthy Servant
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1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Moreover, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;

I. IT WAS A RECEIVED, NOT AN ORIGINATED, GOSPEL. "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received" (ver. 3). He tells us that he received it by "the revelation of Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12). He had the more confidence in it that it was not of himself, and we have also. It came from the very central Source of all. Paul's gospel of Christ came from Christ. Some preachers of the gospel are so able that they feel bound to originate. They throw a new light upon the truth instead of the old light. They preach, as they consider, a magnificent gospel, but it is unfortunately "of man," and thus worthless. Man can do many things, but he cannot make a gospel. When he tries he advertises his folly. With Paul, we should get as near as we can to the fountainhead - the streams are apt to become contaminated.

II. TWO CONSPICUOUS FEATURES.

1. The atoning death of Christ. Paul preached constantly, untiringly, supremely, the atonement (see his strong expression, 1 Corinthians 2:2). He laid greatest emphasis upon the death of Christ. The life was beautiful, full of teaching; but in the death was the propitiation for sin. He died for our sins; our sins were so great that they required his death! "He bore our sins in his own body on the tree." And the death of Christ did not come suddenly upon the world. It was "according to the Scriptures:" foretold by the prophets, as, for example, by Isaiah in the fifty-third chapter of his book. He had no sins of his own to die for; he died for ours. He "gave himself" for us.

2. The resurrection of Christ. This was the demonstration of the efficacy of his death, a proof that he conquered and was not conquered. The real triumph achieved in his death was manifested by his resurrection. A pledge of our resurrection through him. A token of his acceptance by God.

(1) The apostle laid stress upon the fact that Christ died. It was no swoon. A real death, and then a real resurrection. He "died" and "was buried" (ver. 4). He rose "the third day," so that for a day and part of two others he was in the sepulchre. Stone afterwards denied the actual death of Christ, and thus made void his resurrection. The apostle here anticipates their attack.

(2) That his resurrection accorded with prophecy. It was "according to the Scriptures" (see Psalm 16:10).

(3) That his resurrection was well attested by witnesses. Paul does not give here all the appearances of Christ after his death, but a selection.

(a) Appearance to Peter (Luke 24:34).

(b) To the twelve. Called by the familiar name "the twelve," though Judas was gone (Luke 24:33-36).

(c) To five hundred brethren. Possibly in Galilee, where intimation of his appearing had been given, and may have been widely known, occasioning a large gathering of his followers (Matthew 26:32 and Matthew 28:10, 16).

(d) To James. Probably James who presided over the Church at Jerusalem.

(e) All the apostles (John 20:26 or Acts 1:4).

(f) To St. Paul. As of one born out of due time. The least of the apostles. A grand array of evidence, and yet not all. The writer and speaker could bear personal testimony. Most of the five hundred were alive and could be interrogated. Others had "fallen asleep" in hope of a glorious resurrection through him who had appeared to them after his own death and burial.

III. RESULTS.

1. Men received it. (Ver. 1.) It arrested their attention. It convinced their judgment. It moved their heart. It was adapted to human want. It glorified ordinary live.

2. Men were saved by it. (Ver. 2.) It was the power of God unto salvation. Conscience was satisfied. Life was purified and ennobled. Christ was followed. God was feared and served and loved. Death lost its terror. "After death" was paradise.

3. Men stood in this gospel. (Ver. 1.) As long as they held to it they stood, and having done all, stood. Through it came a power which was "able to keep them from falling." Have we received this gospel? Do we stand in it? Are we saved through it? We need "hold it fast" (ver. 2, New Version) grip it and keep gripping it. A mere assent will lead to "letting it slip." It has no power to save unless we hold it and it holds us. - H.

By E Hurndall

The Gospel Which Paul Preached
 
Loyal
Good article. But Paul can't save anyone. Paul didn't die for anyones sins. Paul wasn't the Son of God. Paul wasn't God.
There is nothing wrong with anything Paul wrote. But for me... if I'm going to point to a "gospel" to be saved by. I prefer the gospel of Jesus.
(which is really the same gospel, Paul's version is just "second hand").
Matt 4:23; Matt 9:35; Matt 11:5; Matt 24:14; Mark 1:1; Mark 1:14; Luke 20:1; etc....

I personally feel Paul leaves some things out. To understand the gospel, you need the "full" gospel.
Paul isn't the "good news". Jesus is the "good news". Read Jesus's teachings before you read Pauls. You will get a better understanding of what the gospel really is.
 
Unworthy Servant
Staff Member
Greetings,

Good article. But Paul can't save anyone. Paul didn't die for anyones sins. Paul wasn't the Son of God. Paul wasn't God.
There is nothing wrong with anything Paul wrote. But for me... if I'm going to point to a "gospel" to be saved by. I prefer the gospel of Jesus.
(which is really the same gospel, Paul's version is just "second hand").
Matt 4:23; Matt 9:35; Matt 11:5; Matt 24:14; Mark 1:1; Mark 1:14; Luke 20:1; etc....

I personally feel Paul leaves some things out. To understand the gospel, you need the "full" gospel.
Paul isn't the "good news". Jesus is the "good news". Read Jesus's teachings before you read Pauls. You will get a better understanding of what the gospel really is.
thank you for your comments.

Please understand that there is only one Gospel (not a 'full gospel' and a Gospel).

Too many get thinking that the corrections that the Apostle(s) wrote to the various Churches are the Gospel.
As the Apostle Paul wrote, he received from the LORD Who chose him. I do not think for a moment that Jesus thought that 'near enough is good enough' and so Saul of Tarsus will do.
We underestimate the life in and for Christ that Paul the Apostle lived and in our great learning days as we sit in comfort and leisure we cast our pathetic little judgements around about the Apostle Paul. Most of us would fall apart at the seams to have to live as He did, knowing also from where he was called and we ignorantly get believing that somehow he was half hearted with the Gospel and winked at getting it wrong in places.

If we would be even only half as sincere and dedicated as the Apostle Paul , we would see a vast improvement in the Church and in the Gospel going out without demoninations perverting it at every level.

The LORD knew what He was doing when He chose Saul of Tarsus. It doesn't pay to judge the LORD.

Bless you ....><>
 
Loyal
What Paul preached he received directly from Jesus Christ. All scripture comes about as holy men of God spoke as they were being moved by the Holy Spirit. In essence Jesus Christ was speaking through Paul.

Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

2Co 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.
 
Loyal
Please understand that there is only one Gospel (not a 'full gospel' and a Gospel).
Perhaps, but...

2 Cor 11:4; For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

Gal 1:7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
 
Loyal
There is no doubt that the natural man receives not things of the Spirit of God, neither can he know them for they are spiritual understood.
Taking the original Gospel and trying to interpret it using the physical mans senses and carnal mind will always end up with a different Gospel even though they might use the exact same words that all the Apostles spoke.
 
Unworthy Servant
Staff Member
Greetings.

Perhaps, but...

2 Cor 11:4; For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

Gal 1:7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
yes there certainly were and still today do.

May I ask who the "we" was who the Apostle Paul mentioned here?
For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached,

I am not convinced that it is the average preacher, 'Pentecostal' or not, that is preaching today.

Bless you ....><>
 
Loyal
I am not convinced that it is the average preacher, 'Pentecostal' or not, that is preaching today.
and yet Pentecost is a part of the gospel.

Actaully I agree with what you're saying here for the most part. Still it's amazing to me... People (Christians?) will often accept Pauls teachings.
But then when you mention following Jesus's teachings. They get offended, insulted, almost violent.
If they truly are the same gospel (I think they are) why does one offend people? Why call it "Pauls" gospel?
 
Loyal
We must always remember that Jesus lived under the Old Testament, and the four Gospels were written by men who also lived under that same time Jesus did. It was not until Jesus's resurrection to his Father's throne did the New Testament began. Jesus told people to do things that he would not tell them today to do. For Instance like, to keep the law and it's commandments which he knew no man could do. Only the New Testament man could possible do, and that after he is born again, and filled the Spirit of God. Every thing Jesus taught must be interrupted over the threshold of the new birth, which changed every thing.
 
Loyal
We must always remember that Jesus lived under the Old Testament, and the four Gospels were written by men who also lived under that same time Jesus did. It was not until Jesus's resurrection to his Father's throne did the New Testament began. Jesus told people to do things that he would not tell them today to do. For Instance like, to keep the law and it's commandments which he knew no man could do. Only the New Testament man could possible do, and that after he is born again, and filled the Spirit of God. Every thing Jesus taught must be interrupted over the threshold of the new birth, which changed every thing.
This is exactly what I'm talking about. The new testament is the new testament. Jesus IS the new testament.
The gospels (are called the gospels for a reason). Jesus said he preached/proclaimed the gospel in 6 places.

Jesus didn't preach Paul. Paul preached Jesus. Jesus's teaching still apply today for salvation.
 
Loyal
This is exactly what I'm talking about. The new testament is the new testament. Jesus IS the new testament.
The gospels (are called the gospels for a reason). Jesus said he preached/proclaimed the gospel in 6 places.

Jesus didn't preach Paul. Paul preached Jesus. Jesus's teaching still apply today for salvation.
Don't forget the for Gospels are in the New Testament section of the Bible, but they were written about people who were living under the Old Testament.
 
Loyal
It seems you disagree with @Br Bear about there being one gospel. So what exactly do you think Jesus taught that was incorrect for us today?
How was Jesus's teaching different from Paul's?
 
Loyal
It seems you disagree with @Br Bear about there being one gospel. So what exactly do you think Jesus taught that was incorrect for us today?
How was Jesus's teaching different from Paul's?
Is there a difference between the Old Testament, and the New Testament? One was by works of the law in which Jesus told people to do, and the other was by grace, that was based on a new law called the law of the Spirit of life. The Gospel Jesus taught, and the one Paul taught all came from the same source. Forget about the person Paul, as he was simply the "instrument" that Jesus used to reveal the New Testament, and in how it works.
 
Loyal
The Gospel Jesus taught ,and the one Paul taught are exactly the same, the only difference was in how a person could acquire it's benefits. Jesus did for man in fulfilling the law which no man could do, and Paul taught how that all came about, and in how we could partake of what Jesus did by faith
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom. and Paul preached to us what Jesus did so we could enjoy that Kingdom in is death, and resurrection.
 
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