Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Does the Gospel Have 3 or 4 Points?

     Does the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15 have three points or four? Yes! It has both! The Gospel has three points, yes, even four. This explanation of the Gospel is patterned after the "three things...yes, four" statements in Proverbs 30:15, 30:18, 30:21, and 30:29:

  • "There are THREE THINGS that are never satisfied, FOUR never say, 'Enough!'" (Prov. 30:15)
  • "There are THREE THINGS which are too wonderful for me, YES, FOUR which I do not understand" (Prov. 30:18)
  • "For THREE THINGS the earth is perturbed, YES, for FOUR it cannot bear up" (Prov. 30:21)
  • "There are THREE THINGS which are majestic in pace, YES, FOUR which are stately in walk" (Prov. 30:29)
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     Based on these Scriptures, the Good News we preach can be explained as THREE THINGS which are "the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Rom. 1:16), YES, FOUR that are "the gospel" (1 Cor. 15:3-5): The death of Christ for our sins, the burial of Christ in a tomb, the resurrection of Christ on the third day according to the Scriptures, and the fact that the risen Christ was seen by His disciples.

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