Shared by Jim Moore, February 12, 2014
Remain Steadfast In The Gospel
There are an abundance of books about being "a better you," on how to improve ourselves and live with productivity and confidence. But the only thing that will ever truly make us into better people is explained by the apostle Paul to the Christians in Corinth.
This change is based on the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:1-111 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy 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 toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian Christians and us to remain steadfast in the gospel as the Lord and the apostles had handed it down to them. We should not move away from this truth, but should remain immovable in it. We should also increase our efforts to serve the Lord even as Paul did. Rather than living for the present; we as believers should live in the present with the future clearly in view.
No one except Jesus Christ has come back from the dead to tell us what is on the other side. However, His testimony through His apostles is sufficient to give us confidence that there is life and bodily resurrection after death. We will live that life in a changed body that will be incapable of perishing. It is therefore imperative that we make sure we and all around us enter that phase of our existence with our sins covered by the sacrifice of Christ.