Hello, everyone! So sorry I haven’t delivered on the “Bible study” element of my blogging in a while, but here I have now an overview of 1 Corinthians 1!
Disclaimer: The first chapter was so good, I couldn’t possibly pack everything into this post. Read it yourself :)! so I chose a two things that stood out to me in particular.
First of all: I’m not sure about you, but in my life, I keep having to remind myself: It’s about God. Not me. God, not me.
Again. And again. And again.
The first chapter of Corinthians reminds me even more.
“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This verse profoundly affected me.
Sometimes I—maybe you—feel, when we step back and look at the big picture of how terrible we are, when we attempt to count every sin we’ve ever committed, that there is nothing redeemable about us. How are we even Christians? There is no way we can fix ourselves!
But that’s the point: It’s not. About. Us.
Who will keep us strong?
Who will make us blameless?
Our job is to have faith in him, not try to take our spiritual lives into our own hands.
The other thing:
“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by the world’s standard; not many influential, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong […] so that no one may boast before him […] therefore, as it is written, let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Yet another verse reinforcing the fact everything we are we owe to God. It is all God. Not us. And when we look at it, surely he does pick the least among us.
Look at Judah. How terrible was he?
Or David. David certainly wasn’t perfect.
the list goes on and on. Were any of these people wise, righteous, perfect? Even by the world’s standards, what Judah did to Tamar was wrong.
Guess who else isn’t perfect?
But God didn’t choose us because we were perfect—He did it to shame the world and so that our only boast is in Him. Again, it stresses the fact that salvation is God’s doing, not our own, for we are unrighteous.
But what a blessing that is, that we are not responsible for our own sanctification! I could never do it, could you?