That Which is of First Importance.

 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance [a]: 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,

Psalms 149; 1 Corinthians 15,16 – Passage Lookup – Today’s New International Version –

Observation: The resurrection is the most important doctrine in Christianity.

Application: If there is one doctrine that defines Christianity is must be that of the resurrection.  Paul is getting down to the nuts and bolts of the faith with the Corinthians, because without this faith, we have no right to call ourselves Christians.  We are firmly founded in one of the three great things that we talked about yesterday here in this doctrine, our Hope for heaven depends on the fact that there is life beyond this one, and that resurrection is made possible by the grace and mercy of God and we are able to stand before God on the righteousness of Christ Jesus.  That is our Hope – and this is why we are able to Love when no one else would.

There are a lot of things that the different denominations within the Christian faith can argue and debate about, but this one thing is firm.  We are immortal beings in a mortal body.  We are made to be eternal, although this shell in which we reside will quickly fade away.  Beyond this life, there is more life, and the question of how we spend our lives to come hinges on the acceptance of the Savior in this life. 

Prayer: God and Father of the Universe,

Thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to be the propitiation of our sins on the cross of Calvary.  Thank you that by the work you have done in Him, death, spiritual death has been defeated and we move from life to life, from glory to glory, from mercy to mercy and from grace to grace.  Thank you for the true teaching that there is no end to our journey, only a change.  And help us to be prepared to stand before you when our time on this earth is done, not by our own merits, but by faith in your Son.

Love Michael


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