“It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you — unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.”

1 Corinthians 15:2

“It is this Good News that saves you…” (1 Corinthians 15:2)

Truth has always been a challenge to discover in any era and ours is no different.

The constant questioning of truth claims, warnings about “fake news” and the repeatedly heard mantra of the 21st Century – truth is what you believe it to be – have undermined our confidence, and many people have given up hope of determining truth.

Is it possible to live with hopeful truth today?

Paul certainly believed it was, especially when it concerned the meaning of life and in reminding the Corinthians about the Good News, he also draws attention to what it has done for them.

Using the image of a building construction, he states that the Good News has not just become the foundation for their spiritual lives, it is also the foundation for how they live.  But this foundation was now under serious threat because some at Corinth were saying “the dead will not be raised.” (1 Cor.15:12)

“Is this true or not?” you can hear the Corinthian believers asking! To answer that, Paul reminds them of the Good News he has been preaching for some time and which has rescued them, “if (they) hold firmly to it.”

He essentially says: “Are the dead raised? To answer that, you need to get back to the Good News; you need to hear it again and to be reminded of its content – the death and resurrection of Jesus!”

“But is it true?” I hear you ask. “Can I really believe Jesus died and rose again from the dead?”

Paul certainly did – for him, the Good News was not fake news – and we will examine his reasons for saying so over the next few days!

For further reflection: 1 Peter 1:21-25.