Why Is the Gospel Good News?

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

1 Corinthians 15:1-10

euangelion – battlefield victory, birth of royal heir, electoral victory
Series: good news for the guilty, ignorant, lonely, poor, rejected
First, why is it called “good new” – what are we talking about?

I. What Is the Good News?
A. Headline: Jesus Resurrected from Death
1. Prophesied: 1 Co 15:3 Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
2. Is 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
B. Facts:
1. 1 Co 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
a. V. 4 buried = really dead
b. Couldn’t survive embalming process
2. Raised on the third day
a. Not fainting or coma = dead
b. According to scriptures – also prophesied
c. Ps 16:10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
3. Eyewitnesses: 1 Co 15:5–8 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
1. v. 5 Cephas, then to the twelve
a. V. 6 more than 500
b. Most of whom remained – verifiable
c. V. 7 James, all apostles
d. V. 8 last to me
B. Implication: Christ Is Lord
1. 1 Co 15:24–26 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
2. 1 Co 15:27–28 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

II. Good News Changes Lives
A. 1 Co 15:9–10 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
1. V. 9 least of the apostles – Not fit to be called an apostle
B. Grace of God
1. God decided what you are
a. Not you, not your past, not your sins – God does
b. Not about what you deserve – that’s good news!
C. God wants you – he wants everybody
D. 1 Co 15:10 His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
1. It can prove vain – if you don’t respond
2. I labored – not I, but the grace of God
a. Makes you part of something great – saving the world

III. Good News Applied: You Can Be Resurrected to Eternal Life
A. 1 Co 15:51–58 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
1. V. 53-54 You will be imperishable and immortal
2. V. 55 death is swallowed up in victory
B. V. 58 your toil is not in vain
1. Your faith, effort, sacrifice will not be wasted
2. 1 Co 15:33–34 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.