The Facts of the Gospel by Mike Kiser

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

INTRODUCTION

  1. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. (Rom. 1:16). It is the only thing we are authorized to preach (Mark 16:15; Gal. 1:8).
  2. Our text sets before us three of the most meaningful events in all of history. They embrace facts that must be believed if we are going to be saved.
  3. Without further comment, we now examine these facts.

DISCUSSION

Christ Died For Our Sins.

  1. Did Jesus really die on a Roman cross?  The Jews clamored for His death (Matt. 27:22).  The Roman’s made sure that He was dead (Deut. 21:23; John 19:31-33).
  2. “For” (Gk. Huper- for the sake of) our sins.  He died in our place, fulfilling prophecy (Isa. 53: 4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21).

    The cross is enough to tell us how awful sin really is; and that sin can cause our souls to be lost eternally (John 8:21, 24).

Christ Was Buried.

  1. We will always remember with gratitude the care Joseph and Nicodemus gave to the body of our Lord (Matt. 27: 58-60; John 19:40-42.)
  2. His prophecy of His own resurrection caused great precautions to be taken (Matt. 27:62-66).
  3. The tombs of other great men can be located; and they are visited with regularity. But NOT so with the tomb of our Lord.  Tour guides only guess to satisfy curiosity.

 Christ Was Raised On The Third Day.

  1. The great discovery on that Sunday morning. The women came; Mary Magdalene; Peter and John.
  2. How else can we explain the boldness of the apostles and the conversion of Saul of Tarsus? They were witnesses!
  3. The resurrection of Christ is of great importance.
  4. If it did not take place: our preaching is worthless; our faith is empty; the apostles were false teachers; we are all in our sins; of all men, we are most miserable; and Satan has won! (See: 1 Cor. 15:14-26).
  5. The Son-ship and Lordship of Jesus rests on this great fact (John 20:30, 31; Rom. 1:4; John 20:28; Acts 2:32-36; Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22, 23).
  6. The resurrection of Christ has great meaning for the church, our day of gathering, and our worship (Rev. 1:10; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29; 16:1, 2).
  7. The resurrection of Christ has great meaning as to how we enter the church and live the Christian life (Rom. 6:3, 4; Col. 2: 12; Col. 3:1).
  8. The resurrection of Christ assures us of our own resurrection and hope of heaven (John 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:20; 1 Pet. 1:3, 4).

CONCLUSION

  1. As these are “facts” to be believed; the gospel also has commands to be obeyed. 16:16; Acts 2:38.
  2. Have you followed that “form of doctrine” (Rom. 6:1-6)? It must be done to become “a servant of righteousness.”