What is the core of the Gospel?
Christ’s death and resurrection:
1 Corinthians 15 “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. “
Jesus died physically on the cross for our sins.
He rose from the dead and appeared to people.
He was not a ghost but had a body that could be seen, felt and touched.
He ate food with them.
He ascended to heaven.
Physical death was brought by Adam. But Christ’s righteousness brought the resurrection of the dead.
1 Corinthians 15 “20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
When Jesus returns He will raise the dead in Christ and destroy the final enemy of death.
1 Corinthians 15 “50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “ Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
When Jesus returns, these things will happen:
– The dead believers will be resurrected.
– The believers who are living will be transformed into immortality becoming exactly like the resurrected and glorified Jesus.
– Death will be abolished.
– Judgment will be given to all unbelievers.
– That will be the end of the world as we know it.
When Jesus comes we will be transformed into His glory.
Philippians 3 “20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
1 John 3 “2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
Everyone who believes in Jesus will be saved and resurrected into the new heaven and earth – where there will be no more sin, death, pain – there will be everlasting righteousness.