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1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The "heart and soul" of Paul's gospel
1-11Now for the fundamental truth of my teaching, — not mine, but what I received, the same that was given to me, and that I handed on to you, — the Gospel which supports you and is saving you, and will save you to the end, if your faith fail not! This is the heart and soul of that Gospel as I received it and gave it to you, and the whole of it is contained in this, that according to the meaning of the Scriptures the Christ died for our sins and was buried, and then according to the same truth of the Scriptures the Christ rose on the third day. The witnesses of this resurrection are first Cephas, then the twelve, then over five hundred brethren most of whom are alive at the present day, then James, then all the Apostles. These all saw him alive and triumphant after death, and the appearances were in the order I have mentioned. And last of all I myself saw the risen Christ,