Of First Importance
Some truths more important than others. Paul writes to the Corinthian Church with urgency about the truths that are “of first importance.” Indeed, all revealed truth is invaluable, but certain truths are of highest importance, and that's the language Paul uses. And what is of first importance? “That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,” and “that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of the Christian faith and therefore, Christ’s resurrection is central to everything in the Christian life. It is the ultimate eschatological event. By raising Jesus from the dead, God set in motion the final overthrow of death itself. Think clock ticking. Hour glass sands falling, and its just a matter of time. The resurrection of Jesus is the promise of our resurrection from the dead. Because He lives, we shall also live.
- Why do we need reminding of the gospel? How do we as Christians “hold fast” (v. 2) to the gospel?
- What does it mean to believe in vain?
- How do we know what truths are of first importance?
- What roles do creeds play in the life of the church and the individual believer?
- Why does Paul repeatedly say, “in accordance with the Scriptures”?
- In what ways does this section of Scripture encourage you?