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The Cross & Nothing Else

 Christ on the Cross
The Crucifixion of Christ
Painting by Eugene Delacroix 1845

The Four Essentials Of the Gospel

In 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-9 Paul summarises the essentials of
the Good News of Jesus Christ.
These are:
•  Christ was CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SINS, as Scriptures prophesied
•  Christ DIED & WAS BURIED
•  Christ was RAISED TO LIFE ON THE THIRD DAY,
   
as the Scriptures & Christ himself had prophesied
•  He APPEARED TO NUMEROUS WITNESSES whose lives were
    changed for ever & who went on to change the world

These four short statements form the basis of our faith as Christians.

Four Fundamental Facts

•  JESUS' DEATH ON THE CROSS WAS GOD'S PLAN  -  it had been prophesied
    in Scripture. Peter made this clear in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost
    as we see in ACTS 2:1-41, especially verse 43.
•  JESUS DIED & WAS BURIED - he really was dead; he did not swoon,
    just appear to be dead or was substituted at the last moment
•  JESUS WAS RAISED TO LIFE FROM THE DEAD as God had promised in
    Scripture ACTS 2:24-32; ISAIAH 53:9-12; HOSEA 6:2
•  JESUS WAS SEEN BY WITNESSES AFTER HIS RESURRECTION  most of whom
   were still alive when Paul wrote the Letter to the Corinthians


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