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The Grace of Godliness - Part 1

THE CONFESSION OF GRACE            Page 3
V. 2 (Cont'd.)

** Are there individuals who hear the gospel, respond for a while in a "Christian-like" manner and then let go or walk away from the truth of the Word, having "believed in vain"?

Yes! Our Lord repeatedly spoke of those who had a useless, non-saving faith. For example, just in Matthew's gospel alone He spoke of:

Matthew 7:13-14 - gates and paths that seem right
Matthew 7:24-27 - houses without foundations
Matthew 13:18-23 - gospel seed falling on poor soil
Matthew 13:24-30 - tares that look like wheat
Matthew 13:47-50 - good and bad fish in the same net
Matthew 25:1-13 - virgins without lamp oil
Matthew 25:14-30 - servants who wasted their Talents

In all of these examples, the individual's faith was useless because they did not hold fast to the Word of God, they were never saved! In our passage this today, Paul is pointing out that some of those in Corinth had possibly done the same thing.

V. 3 - 4

** What three things did Paul report to the Corinthians about our Lord Jesus Christ?

1) That He died for our sins 2) He was buried 3) He was raised on the third day (and all according to Scriptures).

** Did Paul just make all that up, was he the originator of some wildly concocted story?

No! He "delivered" only what he had "received"...it was the Truth, inspired by God Himself!

** What Scriptures might Paul be referring to for proof of the Messiah's death, burial, and resurrection? Let's look together to see what Paul is talking about.

Psalm 22:11-18 - The Messiah's Death
Isaiah 53:7-9 - The Messiah's Burial
Psalm 16:8-11 - The Messiah's Resurrection

The Old Testament directly or indirectly, literally or in figures of speech, foretold of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection.

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