1 Corinthians 15: 1-11
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to Scriptures, and that he appeared to
Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
Paul is reminding the church what we must believe in order to be saved: Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to the Twelve, more than 500 brothers, and also to Paul. In other words we must believe all the Scriptures and the fact of the Resurrection of Christ. Paul also says we must hold firmly to this gospel or we will have believed in vain.
Father thank you that Christ was able to fulfill all the Scriptures that had been foretold about him including the Resurrection. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to teach us to always believe all of your Scriptures that we may receive your grace, be saved and have the power of your Resurrection within each of us. We believe in Jesus’ name. Amen.