When we read any of Paul’s letters, it is easy to sense his passion and the overarching importance he placed on the gospel. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminded them of the way he had presented the gospel; “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). That was the only remedy to their failure to live out the gospel of Jesus which had been presented to them (See Acts 18:11). All the serious issues in this church could only be resolved by applying “Christ and him crucified”!
It was necessary for Paul to remind them of what he preached at the very beginning. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). How is it that such basic truth becomes of lesser importance and we fail to apply it to our hearts and lives?
Any truth revealed by the Spirit in Scripture will lose its importance if we do not let the Holy Spirit keep teaching us its truth. Our very nature requires that God’s Word be repeated over and over, and that we allow the Spirit to keep enforcing its authority over us so we grow, mature and become fruitful. When individuals and churches accept this authority, they will see God transform their lives through His power.
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