1 Corinthians 15:1-4 :
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
The problem is, some of the Corinthians didn’t keep in memory what the Apostle Paul preached to them previously – how that Christ died for their sins, was buried and rose from the dead on the third day because they were denying the resurrection of the dead, and if people deny the dead are resurrected, then they deny Christ’s resurrection too which is an integral part of the gospel. No resurrection – no justification – no salvation – faith that is vain.
Denying the element of the resurrection when believing the gospel is what the Apostle Paul called believing in vain.
Remembering something isn’t a work. It’s either retaining something in your mind or alternately, forgetting something which either amounts to belief or unbelief, or faith that is vain in the end. So it goes without saying that a person cannot believe and be saved if he/she cannot remember the right thing, in this instance, Christ’s resurrection from the dead in tandem with Christ’s death for our sins, as well as His burial.
I know I sound like a stuck tape recording sometimes, but the Apostle Paul says we need to MAKE all men see….. that word in itself constitutes LABOUR – not for one’s salvation, but labour as a good work as a member of the body of Christ.
If one has to work for one’s spiritual sanctification, why did the Apostle Paul tell the Corinthians who were either babes in Christ or carnal Christians the following :
1 Corinthians 6:11 ~ And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
“……. ye are sanctified……….” not “…….. ye will become sanctified dependent on your good works”.
People need to discern between the sanctification of one’s spirit as a saved and sealed member of the body of Christ, sanctification as an element of salvation which is a free gift, and becoming sanctified in the flesh, i.e., a vessel of honour to the Lord where the renewed mind controls the rotten flesh.