To Christians, one of scripture’s most significant principles is salvation. It’s the heart of the gospel, together with the death and resurrection of Jesus. I Corinthians 15:1-4 (NIV) articulates this as clearly as any of the principles we’ve considered.
Paul writes: “Now brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you…For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”
I’m not aware of any other significant principle in scripture that’s labeled “of first importance.” By the gospel we are saved. And the gospel is that Christ died for our sins “according to the Scriptures,” was buried, and was raised on the third day “according to the Scriptures.”
In Ephesians 2:4-9, Paul writes of salvation using bold and transcendent language: “[B]ecause of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ…it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”
This one significant principle “according to the Scriptures” is a good one on which to close our study.