Wednesday, August 31, 2016

1 Corinthians 1:4-9


1 Corinthians 1:4-9

1Co 1:4  I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts He has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.

Paul Starts all his letters this way. Please note in the verses below Paul uses a similar intro to Romans, Philippians, and Colossians.

1Co 1:5  Through Him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. 1Co 1:6  This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true.

Paul had seen the growth of the Colossian church. But in true Roman Style they were ramping up the words and inputting some additional showmanship to draw attention to themselves and not to Jesus Christ.

1Co 1:7  Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Every believing church has people in it that have different spiritual gifts. The Colossian church had all the spiritual gifts they needed to carry out God’s work.

1Co 1:8  He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

Life Application New Testament Commentary
1:8 There will be an end to the eager waiting of believers (1Co_1:7), because Christ will return. Not only have the believers received gifts for building up the church and standing against sin, but Christ would also keep them strong until the day the Lord Jesus Christ returns. Because Christ has died for believers, given them spiritual gifts, and promised to return for them, Paul guaranteed these believers that God would also consider them free from all blame (see Rom_8:33-34; Eph_1:7-10). This guarantee was not because of their great gifts or their shining performance, but because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for them through his death and resurrection.

1Co 1:9  God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.