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1 Cor. 1:2

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours:

So Paul begins his letter to the Christians in Corinth. It was probably about four years after the time that Paul was in Corinth and started the church of this city. The #1 reason that Paul is writing this letter is because there were some problems in the church – and someone had written to him looking for advice. This letter is being written to correct the problems that were taking place among the believers in Corinth. When I realize the purpose of the letter it makes Paul’s opening words to these people all that more important in my mind. As he starts this letter, his first words to them after his signature were written to remind them of who they were (and who we are!) Paul was writing to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy. Sanctified basically means “set apart”. So Paul is saying folks you have been set apart for Christ Jesus. When Paul used the words sanctified and holy he may well have been thinking about what he had learned as a good Jewish boy growing up. For example, in the temple there was specific furniture that had been built according to the Lord’s commandment, and that furniture was to be used for one thing only – for the worship of God. Like the table that was in the Holy Place where the loaves of bread were placed on a daily basis – the only thing that table was to be used for was to hold the bread. The priests were not allowed to use that table for their meals, or as a desk. . . that table was set apart to hold the bread that God had commanded them to put there.

So before Paul addresses the problems that were taking place he reminds the folks this is the mind set that we should have as believers – we have been set apart to live for Jesus Christ – we have been set apart to bring glory to his name and to do his purposes in the world. The only thing we do is live for Jesus! We are not called to live ordinary lives– we are called to live a step above.

Paul goes on in verses 4-9 to remind them that Jesus has provided all the resources that we need to live a sanctified and holy life that is pleasing to Jesus. When we have problems it is easy to put all our focus on the problems, but Paul wanted these folks (and us) to focus on what God has provided for us so that we can see the problems overcome and solved.

What resources has Jesus made available?

#1 - the enrichment of the grace of God. Grace that touches every aspect of our lives and who we are – grace that saves us from our sins – grace that changes the way we speak and what we understand about God and about ourselves. We have been enriched with the grace of God.

#2 - spiritual gifts that empower us to do the work of Jesus until he comes again.

#3 - the encouragement of Jesus promise to never leave us. In verse 8 Paul says Jesus will keep us strong until the end. That statement reminds of the words of Jesus to his disciples when he told them to go preach with the knowledge that he would be with them until the end of the age.

#4 - the faithfulness of God. God called us, God provides for us, and God will keep us. We can count on God.

Again, it is easy to become focused on our problems and become discouraged. However, when we remember who we are and who our God and the resources he has provided there is no reason that we should live as any less than overcomers!

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Sunday     July 25, 2010   1 Corinthians 1-2 & Song of Songs 8:1-7

Monday    July 26, 2010   1 Corinthians 3-5 & Song of Songs 8:8-14

Tuesday      July 27, 2010   1 Corinthians 6-8 & Psalm 89

Wednesday July 28, 2010   1 Corinthians 9-11 & Psalm 90

Thursday    July 29, 2010   1 Corinthians 12-14 & Psalm 91

Friday         July 30, 2010   1 Corinthians 15-16 & Psalm 92

Saturday     July 31, 2010   2 Chronicles 1-4 & Psalm 93


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