The gospel of Christ is found in three historical facts the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, our main focus will be on His death.
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
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 (1 Cor 15:1–4 NIV).
Each of these historical facts holds for the sinner and for the saint a call to believe God’s precious promises (2 Pet 1:3–4). The promise of God in Christ’s death is that the sacrifice Christ made was sufficient to pay/cover the debt of sin for the whole world and all time (1 John 2:2; Rom 6:10). Christ’s death satisfied the wrath and justice of God of toward sin (Rom 3:25; 5:8,9,10). The call of the gospel, regarding the death of Christ, is that we wholeheartedly trust the satisfying/atoning power that its sacrifice affords God towards sinners and obey the call of faith in this promise by baptism, immersion in water, the form of teaching to which we were entrusted (Rom 6:17).
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Rom 6:3–4).
The faithful act of baptism and the gospel itself call the saint to continue to trust the power of God to keep His promises (Rom 4:21; 1 Cor 15:2). This historical fact of the Christ’s death is also a call to the unregenerate sinner to trust the God who makes this promise and die to himself with Christ and live a new life with Christ (Rom 6:4; 2 Cor 5:17). May God bless us all with the obedience of faith to receive and live a new life in Christ!