1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;…
First of all in his profoundest arguments; first of all in his richest encouragements; first of all in his severest, denunciations; first of all in his fervid exhortations; first of all in his impassioned expostulations; first of all in his enraptured, sometimes his entranced and enraptured and absorbed anticipations of the life and the immortality that was to come. If he wanted to induce a habit of self-denying liberality, mark him — thus he did it: — "You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you, through His poverty, might be made rich." If he wanted to get men to forbear with one another, thus he did it: — "Be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ's sake, hath forgiven you." When he wanted to get men to lead righteous, sober, and godly lives, thus he did it: — "You are not your own, you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your bodies and in your spirits, which are His." If he wanted, whenever he had a congregation like this, to get the impenitent and the unbelieving out of the hands and out of the snare of the devil, thus be did it: — "There is no other sacrifice for sin (don't trifle with that one), but a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation that shall devour the adversary." In a word, he determined not to know anything among men, but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Your teaching cannot get on without the alphabet; and Paul could not have got on without his alphabet. And thus it was evangelically, that wherever he went he gloried in nothing save the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(W. Brock, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;