(Part 27)


December 3, 2017

Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

As Paul greeted the Corinthians in his first letter, he already speaks about their being destined for greatness. What are some of the elements that constitute such greatness in Christ?

  • “I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus” (v.4). The fullness of grace in Jesus is available to us. We are to be like him.
  • “that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge” (v.5). We are provided the fullness of everything needed to live our lives for God and to help build His Kingdom on earth, renewing our minds and hearts. The knowledge that comes from God is “knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God” (Lk 8:10), which God reveals to His disciples.
  • “as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you” (v.6). Paul’s testimony was comprised of the witness of a holy life and persuasive preaching and teaching, that made a great difference in the lives of people, helping bring them to meet, live and share Christ. We too are to do the same.
  • “so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v.7). God pours out gifts in abundance upon His people in order that they might build His Kingdom, until Jesus returns again. If we lack no spiritual gift, we have it all!
  • “He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v.8). We are to be righteous, holy, unblemished and perfect, by the grace of God and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, persevering till the end.
  • “God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (v.9). As God’s children, we are destined to be in eternal fellowship with Jesus, and God in His faithfulness will ensure this.

What do you call all that? It can only be considered greatness. And it is all in relation to our life in Christ. Such is our destiny.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (v.3).

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