The Corinthians needed to be reminded of the gospel. The symptoms of their forgetfulness were devastating; sexual immorality, drunkenness during communion, abuse of spiritual gifts, outward worship without hearts of love, denying the resurrection of the dead, and the list goes… Paul lovingly and sternly reminds them.
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. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
If you have repented of your sins and trusted in Christ’s work on the cross for forgiveness; you have received the gospel, now you stand in it, hold fast to it, and are transformed by it. Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking you move on to better things.
It all comes down to this: gospel, gospel, gospel, gospel. Learn it. Go deeper in it. Live it. Apply it. Spread it. There is no aspect of the Christian life that is untouched by it. You never master it. It masters you. It shouldn’t bore you, but thrill you.
It kills your pride. It lays you low so you can look up and see Christ. The bad news is you; sin, a diseased heart, death, and wrath. The good news is God Himself; His intervention through Christ, His atoning work on the cross. Salvation for all who believe.
It’s the center of Scripture. It distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. They say ‘do’, the gospel says ‘It is finished.’ Done. It will never be destroyed. Never be stopped. It’s the life-blood of the church, the cornerstone, hope for the hopeless, rest for the weary, food for the hungry, the well that won’t run dry, the breath of life, the living water.
It has a name and at that name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord; that He lived perfectly, died humbly, and rose victoriously.
O, the gospel has a name: Jesus. and to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Do you trust in Him?