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AS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE - Tom Durst
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AS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE
AS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE

"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 was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”--1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (ESV)

These verses follow a lengthy discussion of spiritual gifts and their proper use in the church.  Lest people somehow lose perspective Paul gives a very succinct summary of what the gospel is all about and reminds them that this is “of first importance.”  We need the exact same reminder today when most of spirituality and religion is drowning in a sea of subjective experiences, rules and regulations, forms and ceremonies, and methods and techniques of many varieties.  The Christian gospel is not about any of these things.   Telling people to “do this” and “do that” is not the gospel.  The gospel is about something that is DONE, not about something to DO.  The gospel is good news, not good advice.  In Jesus Christ we have ALL blessings (see Ephesians 1-3 and Colossians 1-2 especially).  When Jesus said, “It is finished” on the cross He meant that the gates of Heaven itself were opened wide for those who truly believe in their heart in that finished work (see Romans 10:5-13).  Every blessing, whether temporal or spiritual, comes to us stamped with the cross of Christ.  We must never lose sight of that for it is the very foundation of our Christian faith (see Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11).  I invite my friends to look up all of these verses in your own Bible and once again remind yourself of the absolute centrality of what CHRIST HAS DONE for our redemption.

"What is the grace of God? Simply put, the grace of God is God blessing, healing and delivering you because of Jesus. The grace of God is His unearned, unmerited and undeserved favor toward you simply because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross.”—Joseph Prince



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