A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 15:3

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”
(1st Corinthians 15:3)


The gospel is not just that Christ died. The gospel is how that He died for us according to God’s eternal and immutable decree, “the scriptures” (Acts 2:23: Revelation 13:8).

The scriptures declare that His death was appointed (Genesis 3:15; Genesis 22:8; Psalm 22; Psalm 69; Matthew 16:21; Galatians 4:4).

The scriptures declare that His death was voluntary, He willingly laid down His life for us (Isaiah 53:7; John 10:17-18).

The scriptures declare that His death was subtitutionary (Isaiah 53:4-6; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; 1st Peter 3:18).

The scriptures declare that His death was to accomplish definite atonement for His people (Isaiah 53:8; Matthew 1:21; John 10:15; Hebrews 2:17).

The scriptures declare that His death satisfied all the demands of God’s holy Law (Isaiah 42:21; Isaiah 53:10-12; Daniel 9:24).

The scriptures declare that His death was most effectual to put away all the sin of the covenant people (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 38;17; Micah 7:18-20; Hebrews 9:26; Hebrews 10:17; 1st John 1:7).

Every pledge of salvation has its accomplishment in the Lord Jesus Christ, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2nd Corinthians 1:21). All that God has promised concerning salvation in Christ is certain and sure, “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21)

John Gill said, “Every promise, type and prophecy recorded in the law, in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning His sufferings and death, had their fulfillment in Him; nothing was more clearly prefigured and foretold and nothing more punctually and fully answered.”

Our Lord said, “But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?…But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” (Matthew 26:54-56), “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

The apostle Paul said, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Christ.” (Galatians 6:14)


T. Harding

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