1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1Co 15:1 Now, I want to share some information with you brothers; this is the gospel I evangelised you with, which you recieved, in which you also stand,
1Co 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you own it, unless you have come to believe randomly.
1Co 15:3 Because I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received– that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,
1Co 15:4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures,
resurrection faith or random faith
Paul had heard that some within the churches at Corinth were beginning to question the veracity of the resurrection. He begins responding to that rumour by explaining that the very gospel message that he had proclaimed which led the Corinthians to accept Christ was firmly grounded on the reality of the resurrection. Three events — Christ’s death, his burial, and his resurrection — were listed as the three first things that Paul taught, when he was explaining the gospel. He did not begin with their sin, and he did not begin with God’s love. He began describing three events, and taught the significance of those events to the scriptures. The result was that the faith the Corinthians eventually accepted was a resurrection faith.
Now, Paul asks them whether their faith is a resurrection faith, or did they just come to believe randomly. It made a difference for Paul. The gospel proclaims Christ as having died and having been raised from the dead. Any other “faith” is just random faith, not saving faith.
LORD, thank you for the good news of a saviour who died for us, and has been raised from the dead.