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
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.