Another Look at 1 Corinthians 15:3ff / the Pauline Gospel
For a short and concise article on the intended use of a gospel message, please refer to my latest post on Free Grace Theology Blog:
The Use and Abuse of the Gospel Message
1 Cor 15:3-8
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
In the 1st Corinthians passage, we have four co-ordinate clauses that make up Paul's gospel message, all divided by the Greek "kai hoti" ("and that")
1 Cor 15:3ff
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also recieved:
THAT Christ died...
AND THAT He was buried
AND THAT He rose again...
AND THAT He was seen...
When was the last time you preached Christ's burial as the object of saving faith?
When was the last time you preached Christ's appearances as the object of saving faith?
These 4 coordinate clauses, which are subordinate to the main clause, instruct us as to what Paul's gospel was (in other words, the message which he couched the promise of eternal life in). Being coordinate, they are of the same value.
It is apparent here that advocates of a "more information for the content of saving faith" are selective in what they actually consider to be the object(s) of saving faith. If one claims that they believe the 1st Corinthian (Pauline) estimation of the gospel is what is to be believed as the necessary and conscious objects and/or content to saving faith in ADDITION to simple faith into Christ for eternal life, they have ommitted two co-ordinate articulations of Paul's gospel in their own reckoning of what is to be believed for saving faith.
They have ommitted from the Scriptures one half of what they claim to be the authoratative Apostolic pronouncement on what the object of saving faith is!
(In other words, the burial and appearances of Christ)
It is certain that their view of the 1st Corinthian passage must now be reviewed and changed accordingly.