July 7/ 1Corinthians 1

Yesterday a relative of mine called and wanted me to take her to see her doctor in Wahpeton. She was having an issue with tiredness and shortness of breath. So I agreed and off we went. All the while we were gone I was at her service. She trusted me to take her there, run some other errands and bring her back without mishap.

The church in Corinth was also having issues. There was sexual immorality, drunkenness, and some where using God’s grace as an excuse to sin. There was division as some claimed to follow Paul, some Peter, some Apollo, and some Jesus. They were not living lives that glorified God and they certainly weren’t making Jesus famous in a good way. So Paul took this first chapter to remind the believers in Corinth of what God had called them to.

Verses 1-9 > God called them to be holy. To be set apart for His use just like I was set aside for my relatives use when she called. But they were not acting like they had accepted the call even though they had. Verse 4 > they weren’t acting like they belonged to Jesus. Verse 5 > God had given them gifts but they weren’t using them to bring people to Jesus. Verses 7-8 > they weren’t waiting for Christ’s return. They were acting like he was never coming back.  Verse 9 > They weren’t being faithful to their call. They were living for themselves and not Christ. Imagine if I had taken my relative to Fargo to the motorcycle shop just because that is where I wanted to go. She wouldn’t of gotten the help she needed just like those around us aren’t going to get the spiritual help they need if we just live for ourselves. The church in Corinth wasn’t being faithful to Jesus consequently unbelievers in Corinth weren’t getting the spiritual help they needed.

Verses 10-25 > God called them live in harmony. Instead of living in harmony they were bragging about following different people; just like we have our different sports teams that we root for! Wow reducing Jesus to a sporting event! I wonder what the people outside the church thought? I wonder what they thought about Jesus? Isn’t church about Jesus? Verse 13 > Paul hits them with a “stop them in their tracks” question; who was crucified for you? Now that question alone should get us all back on track if we have wandered off. Verse 17 > do not our petty differences in the church pale in comparison to the cross? That one word ‘cross’ should cause us to lay down our selfishness, repent of our childishness and ask for forgiveness for disrupting the unity in our church, our family, our workplace. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Picture the cross, it screams unity, harmony, fellowship! Why you ask? Because Jesus took all of our pettiness on himself and then he had himself pinned to the cross! Verse 25 > Yea I know it sounds stupid but it is the wisdom of God. P.S. we were baptized to be identified with Jesus and the cross.

Verses 26-31 > God called them make Jesus Famous. God chose us just because he chose us. It had nothing to do with our wisdom, talents or money and power. There is no boasting in heaven we get there by the grace of God. Nobody earns or buys their way into heaven. If you look at America today the majority of the wisest, riches, most powerful people are not Christians. I guess they don’t buy into the foolishness of the cross. On judgment day guess who is going to look foolish!

1 Corinthians 1:30–31 (NLT) — 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

Hill Toppers to keep us from practicing sinning, being divisive, and disgracing the name of God let us remember that he has called us to be holy(separated for Jesus), to live in unity(we are united with Jesus), and to make Jesus Famous(by the good things we do)!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    God asks for unity in his body but not being the same. Church in the park last weekend, that I was not able to attend due to work, is a good example of this. Many church’s coming together to honor God. He is dissipointed when church splits occur over small issues. Our job is to continue to work to build up the church together.

  2. Thanks for the thoughts- as always- good stuff!