It has been about 46 days since I wrote anything before the devotion. We have about another week of 1 Corinthians and then we will move into 2 Corinthians. I have heard some stories of how God has encountered you in your lives, and I myself have been encouraged. My email is always open to any and all if you have any issues to work through. I will be glad to help point you in certain directions and find people locally to give you encouragement. Blessings upon you all and bless others.
Grace & Peace,
1 Corinthians 15:3-11
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 Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
What Paul is talking about here is that the gospel he preaches is consistent with the testimony of Peter, the Twelve, and over five hundred more. It is important that the story, the testimony, the gospel, that we tell others is true to the testimony of others who follow Christ throughout history and geography (time and space). In the Apostle's Creed, we call this the "catholic" or "universal" Church.
Does what you say about Jesus measure up to the universal testimony? Do you talk about Christ's death and resurrection?
Christ Jesus, thank you for taking upon death and conquering it. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins. Thank you for witnesses along the way. May I join that cloud. Amen.