“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV). What Paul preached was that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose to life the third day, all according to the Scriptures. He followed the sinners’ response to “die to sins,” and be “baptized into Christ Jesus’” death (Romans 6:2-3 NKJV). Believing in vain happens when a Christian believes doctrines that deny Gospel truth. Faith becomes “vain,” or empty, if Jesus’ resurrection is denied (1 Corinthians 15:14); or people fellowship God and live in darkness (1 John 1:6); or once-saved, always saved (1 John 1:8); or that people are saved by faith only and before baptism.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.