First Things.


1 Corinthians 15:1-34, Ezra 3-6

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received from: 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.

Lord God, one of the first things that Paul wanted the Corinthians to know in his ministry to them was the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  That was the first thing out of his mouth.  That was the chief message to which Paul kept coming back to throughout his whole ministry among them, even in these letters he wrote them.  I pray, Lord God, help this simple gospel truth find a primary place in my heart and life.  It’s easy for me to focus on the things I should be doing. It’s easy for me to focus on my sins and failures, areas of growth in my own life.  Jesus, I pray that you send your Holy Spirit to me and plant this gospel truth deep in my heart so that this is the primary and chief thing in my heart and life.  This gospel truth reminds me not to worry about what I am to do, but on what you have done.  This gospel truth teaches me not to carry a weight of guilt, but to rejoice in guilt that is dealt with and gone.  All has been finished and done.  All my sin has been forgiven and forgotten.  All victory has been won and has been given to me.  Help this simple gospel truth overwhelm and overflow from my heart into every crevice of my life.  This is the first, middle, and end of all the truth I really need to know for my life now and my eternity forever.  Amen.