Insights on Today's Reading
1 Corinthians 1 - The Corinthian church in many ways is like most Christian churches today. They were gifted, verse 7, they were "saints" verse 2, and they didn't always get along with each other, verses 10-17. The word "saints" comes from the same Greek word for "holy" or "sanctify." The idea behind the word is being "set apart" for the Lord. That includes every single believer in Christ. And Christ wants His family to get along with each other! Paul also emphasizes the simplicity of the Gospel message, verse 18, that appears as "foolish" to the unsaved, but is God's power to save all who come to him. One other note is from verses 21-23 Paul makes clear that God doesn't need "famous people" or people with special abilities to impress others. God chooses those who will bring Him greatest glory. That includes you!
1 Corinthians 2 - Paul preached a message not with the wisdom of this world, verse 4. He preached so that people could be saved. He reminds us that we cannot begin to imagine the great things God has prepared for those who love Him, verse 9. He also emphasized that we need the Spirit of God's ministry to illuminate our minds and hearts to understand the things of God, verses 13-16.
1 Corinthians 3 - Paul is concerned that these believers were acting like "babes in Christ" verse 1, and not showing the mature growth in Christ they were meant to have. He reminds all believers that they are to work together for the Lord, verse 9, and that we all build our lives on the foundation of Christ, Himself, verse 11. Too many Christians waste their efforts on meaningless activity that doesn't help the cause of Christ. Others use their lives to bring precious souls to the Savior. Every Christian's work will be examined by God. All believers will go to heaven, but some will miss out on God's "well done" because they wasted their lives here.
1 Corinthians 4 - Paul never concerned himself as to how people thought of him. He was an example of how believers should humble themselves in their service for Christ. Paul actually said that the believers should "imitate him" in their own Christian walk, verse 16. Are our lives being lived in such a way as to give others an example to follow?
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