1 Corinthians 1:23-31

Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:23-31

Observation

  • The focus of Paul’s message was that Christ was crucified for the forgiveness of sins
  • The religious Jews found the message didn’t have enough power
  • The Greeks found the message wasn’t sophisticated enough
  • For believers they found that through the message they experienced both God’s power and understood God’s wisdom
  • God’s foolishness is wiser than mankind’s greatest wisdom and God’s weakness is stronger than mankind’s greatest strengths
  • There was nothing particularly special about the Corinthians and yet God chose them to do a mighty work through them
  • God purposely uses the weak, feeble, and despised people of this world that He might receive the glory and so no man or woman can claim the credit He deserves.
  • The Corinthians had come to Christ because of God’s choice.
  • Through Christ they were being made wise, righteous, sanctified (holy), and redeemed.
  • Because this work came through Jesus, there was no room for anyone to boast about the work they had done.

Application

It is important that I consistently thank God for choosing me and working in and through my life. I must remember that though God has used many people to help me and I have exerted some effort to grow, that the real power of transformation has come from God Himself. Though I should thank those who God has used to help grow me, I should never give them too much credit for what ultimately God has done in me. I must also remember that the greatest power available, and the greatest idea to share is the simply message that Jesus the Christ was crucified for my sins and rose again to accomplish for me what I could not do on my own. In short – “Jesus did it, I couldn’t, and I just need to accept it.”

Prayer

Father, thank you for loving me so much that you sent your son, Jesus, to be crucified on my account. Thank you that through Christ the Holy Spirit now lives in me and I daily get to experience Your life transforming power. Help me share Your wisdom with others that they too may receive true life. Forgive me for confusing my spiritual progress with either the work of another human being or my own efforts. I know that I am made righteous, I am sanctified, and I am redeemed by Christ’s death and resurrection alone. Help me live my life today in thanks for that great gift. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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