For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance...
Thoughts for Today:In our passage today, Paul was not just speaking about the subtleties of religiosity that seem to consume Christianity today. For example: When is it appropriate to receive communion? What day of the week should worship be held? Or, what are acceptable titles of church officers?
Instead, Paul will reiterate the most important things he had shared with them. We will have to wait until our next passage to see which one Paul will reveal as the "first" of all the great truths of salvation, but it got me to thinking about how I would rank these truths. The following is a partial list, although not in order:
Virgin birth of Jesus.
Salvation by grace through faith.
The Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
Existence of heaven and hell.
The deception of mankind by Satan.
Second coming of Christ.
Fellowship of the church.
The Lord's Supper.
Creation of the world and humanity.
Authority of Scripture.
Death and resurrection of Jesus.
As you can see, there are a lot of very important truths that are essential to our faith. So why does Paul place one at the top of the list? Because everything else hinges upon it. We'll find out his answer in our next passage.
Questions to Ponder:What is at the top your list? Which great truth of salvation do you hold as number one? Why? When sharing your faith, what do you think is the most important Biblical truth to convey?