From: Jamie Smith
1 Cor 15:3,4: “... that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was entombed, and that He has been roused the third day according to the scriptures,”
Believing the above verses indicates salvation and membership in the Body of Christ, the out-called ones. There are three parts. Do I believe all three?
Part 1: “... that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures ...” Do I believe that the person of Christ died or do I believe that only His body died? “According to Scripture,” did He just transition to a spiritual existence? Is that what Scripture says death is? If Christ died, then how do I deal with the fact that God cannot die? Did He die for every single sin, even the sin of unbelief? Did He die “for our sins” or did He die “for our sins” only if I believe that He died “for our sins”? These are very basic concepts that all Christians should have settled.
Part 2: “... and that He was entombed ...” As far as I can tell, this statement is a part of Christian teaching without much disagreement.
Part 3: “... that He has been roused the third day according to the scriptures.” Do I believe that Christ died on Friday and then was roused the following Sunday morning? That is not three days. From the accounts in Scripture, it appears that He died before dusk on Wednesday and rose early in the morning on Saturday. That would be three days and nights.
Is evidence for my salvation clear only if I believe the exact truth about these three parts in detail? If I don’t believe the above at all, then of course salvation has not yet come. If I at all believe the above but am not clear about the details, then it appears salvation has indeed come. The next thing to do would be to get clarity.