You cannot understand the gospel without the OT

1 Corinthians 15.3-4: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

When Paul reminds the Corinthians of the gospel, he includes the fact that Jesus’ death in the place of sinners and his third-day resurrection is in accordance with Holy Scriptures. Just a few implications of that:

  • Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are what the OT is about. If that is not what you are drawing out of the OT, it is your loss.
  • Jesus’ fulfillment of the OT is a part of the good news. Somehow, God comforts us by telling us that His Son’s life, death, and resurrection were all a part of His good, unshakeable, unstoppable plan from all eternity.
  • Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are devoid of a lot of its meaning if it is ripped out of the context of the entire Bible. Presentations of the gospel that do not open up how Jesus’ life is “according to the Scriptures” may not have the Spiritual power to save.

If someone shows any spiritual interest, my first thought is now to take them to the Scriptures. We should be much quicker– especially in our day, in our country– rather than to say, “would you like to ask Jesus into your heart?” we should instead ask, “would you like to have a Bible study together?”


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