First Corinthians 15 is near the end of Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. The church has suffered many problems, such as immorality, divisions within, and a misunderstanding of spiritual gifts. Paul has already addressed these issues and given instructions how to correct them. Now in chapter 15, he is reminding them of the most important points he has given them. He claims he did not use eloquent words or human wisdom; he spoke only the simple and powerful words of the gospel.
According to Paul, this is what the gospel is. “…Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and raised from the dead the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. He was seen by 500 of His followers. He was seen by James and all the apostles. Last of all, he was seen by Paul.” vv.3-7
In the rest of chapter 15, Paul continues to expound on the resurrection of Christ so that his readers could be sure of the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. And just as Jesus did it, Paul claims that believers in his day will rise again as well.
Considering the fact that Paul’s words are just as relevant today as they were back then, we might well ask ourselves how often we share the gospel message with those around us. How often do we hear it preached from the pulpit? How often to we thank God for this, His most precious gift —our salvation.
These simple yet powerful words still save today. They are not words of eloquence or mere human wisdom, as Paul put it; they are spiritual words that draw others to Christ and give them eternal life.
The same living word of God is in our midst today. God is counting on us to share that gospel with the rest of the world.