1 Corinthians 15:3
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New International Version
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

New Living Translation
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.

English Standard Version
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

New American Standard Bible
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

International Standard Version
For I passed on to you the most important points that I received: The Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

NET Bible
For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received--that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I have declared to you from the first, according to that which I have received: The Messiah died for the sake of our sins, just as it is written;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I passed on to you the most important points of doctrine that I had received: Christ died to take away our sins as the Scriptures predicted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures

King James 2000 Bible
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
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
For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures:

Darby Bible Translation
For I delivered to you, in the first place, what also I had received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures;

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

Webster's Bible Translation
For I delivered to you first of all, that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures;

Weymouth New Testament
For I repeated to you the all-important fact which also I had been taught, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with 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,

Young's Literal Translation
for I delivered to you first, what also I did receive, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Writings,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:1-11 The word resurrection, usually points out our existence beyond the grave. Of the apostle's doctrine not a trace can be found in all the teaching of philosophers. The doctrine of Christ's death and resurrection, is the foundation of Christianity. Remove this, and all our hopes for eternity sink at once. And it is by holding this truth firm, that Christians stand in the day of trial, and are kept faithful to God. We believe in vain, unless we keep in the faith of the gospel. This truth is confirmed by Old Testament prophecies; and many saw Christ after he was risen. This apostle was highly favoured, but he always had a low opinion of himself, and expressed it. When sinners are, by Divine grace, turned into saints, God causes the remembrance of former sins to make them humble, diligent, and faithful. He ascribes to Divine grace all that was valuable in him. True believers, though not ignorant of what the Lord has done for, in, and by them, yet when they look at their whole conduct and their obligations, they are led to feel that none are so worthless as they are. All true Christians believe that Jesus Christ, and him crucified, and then risen from the dead, is the sun and substance of Christianity. All the apostles agreed in this testimony; by this faith they lived, and in this faith they died.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - First of all; literally, among the first things; but this idiom means "first of all." It does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament, but is found in Genesis 33:2; 2 Samuel 5:8 (LXX.). This testimony to the Resurrection is very remarkable, because:

1. It is the completest summary.

2. It refers to some incidents which are not mentioned in the Gospels.

3. It declares that the death and resurrection of Christ were a subject of ancient prophecy.

4. It shows the force of the evidence on which the apostles relied and the number of living eye witnesses to whom they could appeal.

5. It is the earliest written testimony to the Resurrection; for it was penned within twenty-five years of the event itself.

6. It shows that the evidence for the Resurrection as a literal, historical, objective fact, was sufficient to convince the powerful intellect of a hostile contemporary observer.

7. It probably embodies, and became the model for, a part of the earliest Creed of the Church. For our sins; literally, on behalf of. The passage is remarkable as the only one in which "on behalf of" is used with "sins" in St. Paul. In 1 Corinthians 1:13 we are told that he died" on behalf of us" (Romans 5:8; see 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). The expressions involve the image of Christ as a Sin Offering for the forgiveness of sins. According to the Scriptures. The chief passages alluded to are doubtless Isaiah 53:5, 8; Daniel 9:26; Psalm 22; Zechariah 12:10; together with such types as the offering of Isaac (Genesis 22.) and the Paschal lamb, etc. Our Lord had taught the apostles confidently to refer to the Messianic interpretation of the Old Testament prophecies (Luke 24:25, 46: Acts 8:35; Acts 17:3; Acts 26:22, 23; John 2:22; John 20:9; 1 Peter 1:11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I delivered unto you first of all,.... Not only in the first place as to order; but among the chief and principal things, as the words will bear to be rendered, this was insisted on in his ministry; this was one he after relates, even a crucified Christ, or the doctrine of his dying for the sins of his people; and which he mentions to lead on to his resurrection; which he meant to improve, and does improve, in a very strong manner, in favour of the resurrection of the saints. This doctrine of a crucified Saviour, which he at first determined only to make known among them, and did make known, was what he fully and faithfully delivered to them, as he had received it:

that which also I received; not from men, but from Christ; for from him he had the doctrines of the Gospel, as well as the ordinances of it; and he delivered nothing to be believed and practised, but what he had received, and which ought to be the practice and conduct of every Gospel minister; whatever they have received they should deliver, and nothing else: and especially the following important doctrine,

how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; that is, of the Old Testament, the writings of Moses, and the prophets, according to Scripture promises, Scripture types, and Scripture prophecies; particularly Genesis 3:15 Daniel 9:24 which declare that his heel was to be bruised, that he should be brought to the dust of death, should pour out his soul unto death, and be stricken and cut off in a judicial way, and that for sins; not his own, but for the sins of his people, in order to atone for them, procure the pardon of them, take them away, make an end of them, and abolish them; all which he has done, as the Gospel declares, and the apostle affirms; and thereby was accomplished what Moses and the prophets did say should come to pass. Every promise, type, and prophecy recorded in the law, in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning his sufferings and death, had their fulfilment in him; nothing was more clearly prefigured and foretold, and nothing more punctually and fully answered.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. I delivered unto you—A short creed, or summary of articles of faith, was probably even then existing; and a profession in accordance with it was required of candidates for baptism (Ac 8:37).

first of all—literally, "among the foremost points" (Heb 6:2). The atonement is, in Paul's view, of primary importance.

which I … received—from Christ Himself by special revelation (compare 1Co 11:23).

died for our sins—that is, to atone FOR them; for taking away our sins (1Jo 3:5; compare Ga 1:4): "gave Himself for our sins" (Isa 53:5; 2Co 5:15; Tit 2:14). The "for" here does not, as in some passages, imply vicarious substitution, but "in behalf of" (Heb 5:3; 1Pe 2:24). It does not, however, mean merely "on account of," which is expressed by a different Greek word (Ro 4:25), (though in English Version translated similarly, "for").

according to the scriptures—which "cannot be broken." Paul puts the testimony of Scripture above that of those who saw the Lord after His resurrection [Bengel]. So our Lord quotes Isa 53:12, in Lu 22:37; compare Ps 22:15, &c.; Da 9:26.

1 Corinthians 15:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Resurrection of Christ
2by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,…
Cross References
Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Matthew 26:24
The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."

Luke 24:25
He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Acts 8:32
This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Acts 17:2
As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

Acts 26:22
But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen--

1 Corinthians 11:23
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,

Galatians 1:4
who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Hebrews 5:1
Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

Hebrews 5:3
This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.

1 Peter 2:24
"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."
Treasury of Scripture

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

I delivered.

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

1 Corinthians 11:2,23 Now I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things, and …

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Matthew 20:18,19 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed …

Mark 16:15,16 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Luke 24:46,47 And said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ …

Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by …

Christ.

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many …

Romans 3:25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this …

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse …

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Hebrews 10:11,12 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes …

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

according.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Psalm 22:1-31 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from …

Psalm 69:1-36 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in to my soul…

Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed…

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

See on

Luke 24:26,27,46 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory…

Acts 3:18 But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all …

Acts 26:22,23 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day, witnessing …

1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which …

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

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