The Central Theme of the Gospel

The Central Theme of the Gospel

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

“The central theme of the gospel is given in these verses, a key text for the defense of Christianity.” (Life Application Study Bible 1932) The first most important point is:

“(1) Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. Without the truth of this message, Christ’s death was worthless, and those who believe in him are still in their sins and without hope. However, Christ as the sinless Son of God took the punishment of sin so that those who believe can have their sins removed. ‘The Scriptures’ refers to Old Testament prophecies such as Psalm 16:8-11 and Isaiah 53:5, 6. Christ’s death on the cross was no accident or afterthought. It had been part of God’s plan from all eternity in order to bring about the salvation of all who believe.” (Life Application Study Bible 1932)

Psalm 16:8-11

8
I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Isaiah 53:5-6

5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 1932.

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