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1 Corinthians 15:3

    1 Corinthians 15:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For I gave to you first of all what was handed down to me, how Christ underwent death for our sins, as it says in the Writings;

    Webster's Revision

    For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    World English Bible

    For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:3

    For I delivered unto you first of all - Εν προτοις· As the chief things, or matters of the greatest importance; fundamental truths.

    That which I-- received - By revelations from God himself, and not from man.

    That Christ died for our sins - The death of Jesus Christ, as a vicarious sacrifice for sin, is εν πρωτοις; among the things that are of chief importance, and is essential to the Gospel scheme of salvation.

    According to the Scriptures - It is not said any where in the Scriptures, in express terms, that Christ should rise on the third day; but it is fully implied in his types, as in the case of Jonah, who came out of the belly of the fish on the third day; but particularly in the case of Isaac, who was a very expressive type of Christ; for, as his being brought to the Mount Moriah, bound and laid on the wood, in order to be sacrificed, pointed out the death of Christ; so his being brought alive on the third day from the mount was a figure of Christ's resurrection. Bishop Pearce and others refer to Matthew 12:40; Matthew 16:21; and Luke 9:22; "which two Gospels, having been written at the time when Paul wrote this epistle, were properly called by the name of the Sacred Scriptures." It might be so; but I do not know of one proof in the New Testament where its writings, or any part of them, are called the Scriptures.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:3

    For I delivered unto you - See the note at 1 Corinthians 11:23. "First of all." Among the first doctrines which I preached. As the leading and primary doctrines of Christianity.

    That which I also received - Which had been communicated to me. Not doctrines of which I was the author, or which were to be regarded as my own. Paul here refers to the fact that he had received these doctrines from the Lord Jesus by inspiration; compare the 1 Corinthians 10:23, note; Galatians 1:2, note. This is one instance in which he claims to be under the divine guidance, and to have received his doctrines from God.

    How that Christ died for our sins - The Messiah, The Lord Jesus, died as an expiatory offering on account of our sins. They caused his death; for them he shed his blood; to make expiation for them, and to wipe them away, he expired on the cross. This passage is full proof that Christ did not die merely as a martyr, but that his death was to make atonement for sin. That he died as an atoning sacrifice, or as a vicarious offering, is here declared by Paul to be among the "first" things that he taught; and the grand fundamental truth on which the church at Corinth had been founded, and by which it had been established, and by which they would be saved. It follows that there can be no true church, and no wellfounded hope of salvation, where the doctrine is not held that Christ died for sin.

    According to the Scriptures - The writings of the Old Testament; See the note at John 5:39. It is, of course, not certain to what parts of the Old Testament Paul here refers. He teaches simply that the doctrine is contained there that the Messiah would die for sin; and, in his preaching, he doubtless adduced and dwelt upon the particular places. Some of the places where this is taught are the following: Psalm 22; Isaiah 53:1-12; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 12:10; compare Luke 24:26, Luke 24:46. See also Hengstenberg's Christology of the Old Testament, vol. 1:pp. 187,216, translated by Keith.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:3

    15:3 I received - From Christ himself. It was not a fiction of my own. Isaiah 53:8,9.