The Resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 -- By: Jerry Vines

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 06:2 (Fall 2009)
Article: The Resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Author: Jerry Vines


The Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Jerry Vines

Dr. Vines is a former President of the SBC who is best known for his long pastorate at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL.

Turn to 1 Corinthians 15 in your Bible as I preach today on the subject of the gospel of Jesus. These are the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 beginning with verse one, “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: and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, He was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all He was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

In one sense of the word, you could say that Paul was a full gospel preacher. About the closest we find to that terminology is in Romans 15, verse 29 where he said, “I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.” Also, he said earlier in that chapter in verse 19, “I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” Therefore, in a real sense Paul could be described as a full gospel preacher. I understand that there is some redundancy in that phrase because it if is the gospel it is full, and if it is not full it is not the gospel. In the sense that Paul gave the end time message of the total revelation of the truth, of the death, burial, resurrection, and appearances of the Lord Jesus, Paul indeed was a full gospel preacher. I hope that is true of you who preach and all of you who witness as well, in the sense that you are faithful to give fully the message as God has revealed it to us in His Word. Preachers today encounter two opposite pressures when it comes to matters of the gospel. On the one hand there are those who indicate that the gospel is not full enough. They believe that you have to add to the gospel. They contend that you have to put something else with the gospel to give it enough power. As a result we have a signs and wonders and miracles movement today. Such a movement says that there must be demonstration of t...

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