3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
This is the core of our faith. This is what we believe. Christ died for our sins, was buried, and raised on the third day. By grace Paul, and we, are able to be witnesses of this truth. No matter what was in our past before faith, God offers us forgiveness. God gives us grace, and enables us by faith to believe these truths and make them the foundation of our lives.
Many years have passed since Paul wrote these words. On this day, 500 years ago, Martin Luther invited discussion on what he read in the scripture. Christ alone. Scripture alone. Grace alone. To God’s glory alone. I see all these truths and more in this passage.
May the Lord bless this day and all that we do to further Christ’s work, as best we are able.
I am no pillar of faith, but I am who you made me. I want to do my best for you, Lord. I want to be faithful and obedient and willing to serve in whatever ways I can. Bless all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. Let all we do be to the glory of your name. Amen.