The Gospel: Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ
Salvation Bible Basics
First Corinthians 15:1‑4, ‘Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins; according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.’ In these verses Paul lays out plainly for us what the Gospel is. Let’s take these verses apart and see what he says.
In verse 2 Paul uses the phrase ‘unless ye have believed in vain.’ He is not saying you can get saved and lost, and saved and lost. He is saying very simply that if you really believed the Gospel, you will never go back on the Gospel again. You will never turn away from it. Once you understand what God has done for you in Jesus Christ you will never change your mind. Once you come to know Christ as your Saviour and fall in love with Him, you can’t ever leave Him again.