The Elemental Facts By: Dr. Pastor Charles Novak

                                                                          



If you were to ask just about any person that you would meet on the street if they were a Christian,

chances are that they would answer...yes. But the real fact of the matter is that most if not all, don't

even know that they are not. If fact I have heard it said by some people, that mostly all people are

Christians. But not only would they most likely have no clue what it takes to truly be saved in Jesus

Christ, but they probably would not even know the basic elements of the Gospel. This also is a true,

but sad fact indeed. What are these basics elements, and where are they to be found...In the Bible,

where the inerrant Word of God is found.


Now the Apostle Paul gives the basics elements of the Gospel in the book of First Corinthians

Chapter 15 Verses 1 Through 4 of the English Standard Version Bible, to the believers at Corinth.

The purpose of Paul the Apostle writing the book of First Corinthians was to address the problems

which have been brought to his attention, and questions which the Corinthian believers have asked.

So it shows that that at least some people at Corinth were believers. It now makes perfect sense that

Paul would explain the basic Gospel Elements to them.


Let us now look together toward the scriptures to see what the Apostle Paul has written. When we

read (First Corinthians Chapter 15 Verses 1 Through 4 ) it says, "Now I would remind you, brothers,

of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are

being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I

delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in

accordance with the Scriptures, that He (Jesus Christ) was buried, that He (Jesus Christ) was raised

on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures".......

So I would like to break down these verses that Paul wrote in First Corinthians Chapter 15. that all

of us may have a better understanding of the basic elements of the Gospel that Paul has speaking of.

First thing Paul said was, ...”Now I would remind you”... This statement alone shows us that this

was not the first time that Paul has mentioned this to them at Corinth. If Paul had never told the

people at Corinth anything at all, he would have said...Now let me tell you something or I have

something to tell you. But that is not what Paul said. What the Apostle Paul said was, ...Now I

would remind you..., and not only I would remind you but, ...Now I would remind you brothers.

The word brother shows closeness, that they, the people at Corinth had the same understanding and

belief of what Paul had said to them. There is no way Paul would have called them brothers, if they

did not have the same belief.


Lets continue on...”Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel (of Jesus Christ) I preached to

you, which you received, in which you stand”. So they received the Gospel willing, and they stand

in what they received. If i reach my hand out to give you something, and you take it, then you

willingly receive what i extended to you. And if you choose to remain with it, then you are standing

with it, with what was given to you.


Verse 2 - “and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless

you believed in vain".......Here we see more evidence of true believers when we read....”and by

which you are being saved”.......This statement shows that some are already saved, but some are

being saved, or in the process of being saved, and saved to who, well saved to Jesus Christ.

Next.......”If you hold fast to the Word I preached to you”......If you look up the definition of the

word “hold fast”.......it says, something used to hold or secure a thing in its place, so being secure in

the Word . Moving on, if you hold fast in ..."the Word".... as we know the Word is also another way

to speak of Jesus Christ, this is proved in the book of (John Chapter 1 Verse 14) where it says.......

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (referring to Jesus Christ), and we have seen his

glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." That i preached to you. Meaning the Word That Paul preached to you.

Verse 3 - “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for

our sins in accordance with the Scriptures"........ Paul said he delivered to you as of first importance,

so the most important thing for the Apostle Paul to do was to deliver to you....what he also received.

To give to you that which had also been given to him........" that Christ died for our sins, your sins,

my sins, all of our sins, well actually the sins of all mankind, the sins of the world. We find this

truth being stated all over the Bible. In (Romans Chapter 4 Verse 25 N I V) says "He was delivered

over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."

Also in the book of (First Peter Chapter 3 Verse 18) says, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the

righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive

in the Spirit"....


Again in (Romans Chapter 5 Verse 8 ) says, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that

while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Again in (Romans Chapter 6 Verse 10) says, "For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all;

but the life that He lives, He lives to God."

Also in (Hebrews Chapter 9 Verse 15 ) says, "For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant,

so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed

under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal

inheritance.".......In this verse the word transgressions is defined as sin.

I believe the Bible clearly proves truth to what the Apostle Paul said,.......”That Christ died for our

sins, in accordance with the Scriptures”

Verse 4 - “that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures"

(Mark Chapter 16 Verse 1 through 20) Gives accurate account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought

spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the

sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the

stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone had been

rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right

side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.


And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has

risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is

going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you." And they went out and

fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to

anyone, for they were afraid. Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first

to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had

been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen

by her, they would not believe it.

After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the

country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Afterward he

appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their

unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had

risen. And he said to them,


"Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they

will

speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly

poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."So then the

Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand

of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and

confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

In this first book of Corinthians, Paul has Given the elemental facts of the Gospel. But the most

significant is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.


The significance in the event of the resurrection is intertwined with the significance of the person

who was raised. It was no mere mortal who rose from the dead on that Easter morning, it was the

Son of God. Throughout His life, Jesus had claimed to be the Son of God, for which reason the

religious leaders sought to put Him to death. At the sight of our Lord’s death, a soldier standing

nearby declared, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Beyond this, the resurrection was proof

positive that the Lord Jesus was the Son of God, even as Jesus had declared.


The death of Christ was the death of one who was sinless, on behalf of those who were sinners.

However some people who have sought to show that the death of Christ was less important than it

is. A few have thought that it was our Lord’s own sin that brought about His death. After all, they

might say, He made ridiculous claims to be God Himself, and He persistently offended the religious

leaders by publicly attacking and ridiculing them. No wonder He died, some would say, because

this “man” did not have the sense to recognize his own humanity or the power structure of that day.

Most men would not dare to go so far, but would rather look upon the death of Christ as a great

tragedy. It was not our Lord’s sin, but the “hand of fate” or the “evil plots of a few threatened men”

which brought about the death of Jesus, before He could secure His ideal kingdom on earth.

The death of Christ was unique, however, because it was a part of God’s eternal plan that Christ

would die as an innocent sacrificial lamb, as a substitute payment for the sins of men. The sacrifices

of the Old Testament system anticipated Him who was to come as the “Lamb of God who takes

away the sins of the world.” From the beginning of time, Christ was designated as the perfect

sacrifice, without spot or blemish, whose death could thus atone for the sins of others.


Never before had anyone been raised from the grave in such a way as to be completely transformed

and thus beyond the icy fingers of death. Our Lord’s resurrection was the first genuine resurrection

in the history of man. His resurrection is referred to as “the first fruits,” for there will be many who

will follow after Him, as we read in (First Corinthian Chapter 15 Verse 23) “But each in his own

order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ."

Our Lord had clearly claimed to be the son of God, which was the reason why the religious leaders

conspired to kill Him. The resurrection was God’s proof that the Lord Jesus was Who He claimed

to be, the Son of God. This we read in scripture in (Romans Chapter 1 Verse 4) "and was declared to

be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead,

Jesus Christ our Lord."


The death of our Lord alone would not have enough, since we are connected with Him in His death,

burial, and resurrection that we are saved. This we see in (Romans Chapter 5 Verses 9 And 10)

"Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him

from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his

Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.


In First Corinthians chapter 15, the resurrection chapter of the New Testament, Paul argues that if

not for Christ’s resurrection, we would have no hope. We read this in (First Corinthian Chapter 15

Verses 13 Through 14 and Verses 16 Through 17) "But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not

even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith

also is vain. . . . For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not

been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

The Elemental Facts of the Gospel are--all have sinned-- Jesus died for our sins-- Jesus was buried--

Jesus arose from the grave.

If there is anyone who does not know Jesus Christ to be their personal Lord and savior, I would like

to take this opportunity for you to accept Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior. Just pray this

prayer, but you have to mean the words you pray. Say, Lord Jesus I know that I am a sinner, and I

cannot save myself from my sin. I believe that you are the son of God, That you died on the cross at

Calvary for my sins and the sins of all mankind. I believe that you were risen from the dead, taken

into Heaven and that you will return for your Christians. I accept you now as my personal Lord and

Savior. Thank You for saving me from my sin and dead in hell.


Our dear God in Heaven, we thank you Lord for today's message, a message that explains the most

important truth of your being here on earth. That without you and your sacrifice at Calvary, we

being sinful nature humans would be forsaken to hell and damnation. No words could better explain

your coming to Earth than---John Chapter 3 Verse 16, were it says---”For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Thank you for paying the ultimate price for me, you purchased my life with your sacrifice, now I

pray I can pay you back, with giving all the Praise, Honor and Glory to you, for the rest of my life.

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