Saints GO Marching On Series – 1 Corinthians
Intro: When a 9-11 operator gets a call that there is a house fire the next step that the operator takes is crucial in the handling of the incident. Immediately the operator calls the fire department. As a fire fighter it is imperative that we respond to the structure fire as quickly as possible. From the moment the operator notifies the local fire station, until the fire truck gets on scene, communication is key. Upon the arrival of the fire engine at the scene the officer of the apparatus give’s Central (Emergency center of communication) a size up of the structure fire. In this size up the officer establishes command and gives a detailed account of the structure, its size, a little about the construction and on what side of the structure there might be smoke or fire. All this information is given to the dispatcher just in case there is a need for additional resources. If it is a big fire the tones will go off for a 1st alarm, with the possibility of injury the EMS is also paged out. There might also be a need for Law Enforcement and the Utility Company to come and turn the power off. The list could go on and on, having the right resources can save lives and property.
The Apostle Paul made it very clear early on in this letter to the Corinthians that the Christian or the (Saint) has additional resources to help them march on. It was important that he communicated this! The name of Jesus Christ is mentioned ten times in the first ten verses. Paul wanted the minds of the Corinthian believers to be immediately centered upon Jesus Christ. The answer to the Corinthian problems did not lie in his ability to discuss and reason, nor in his laying down rules and regulations for them, but in Jesus Christ. He immediately discussed some of the resources which the believer receives when he accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)
Meaning the Saints go marching on, and on and on, take the licking and keep on ticking because nothing can separate you from the protection, the love, the security of the man who gives us the victory. Text: 1 Corinthians 1:4-31 (NKJV)
“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- Upon the receiving of Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are immediately given Godly resources.
1. Resource 1: the grace of God: Vs. 4
“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus."
The believer's first resource is the grace of God. Grace means the undeserved favor and blessings of God. We do not deserve God looking upon us with favor nor God blessing us with His favor. But God loves us with an unbelievable love, so He favors us with the most unbelievable gifts. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The Corinthian church (the believers) knew and experienced the grace of God. They knew what it was to receive the favor and blessings of God. God's grace is not earned. It is something completely undeserved and unmerited. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
2. Resource 2: the gift of God: Vs. 5-7
“That you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The believer's second resource is the gift of God's grace and Spirit. God's grace enriched the Corinthian believers "in everything": They were especially blessed with the gifts of utterance and of knowledge. Utterance: all the spiritual gifts involving speech, which would include gifts such as prophecy, teaching, and tongues—all forms of speech needed to praise God and to witness for Christ. Knowledge: the spiritual gift of understanding spiritual truth and doctrine, of having unusual insight into the nature of God and His call and mission in the world.
The believer who seeks to live the Christian life through self-effort is like the man who, in attempting to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, found his boat becalmed for days. Finally, frustrated by his lack of progress, he tried to make his stalled boat move by pushing against the mast. Through strenuous efforts, he succeeded in making the boat rock and so created a few small waves on the otherwise smooth sea. Seeing the waves and feeling the rocking of the boat, he assumed that he was making progress and so continued his efforts. Of course, although he exerted himself a great deal, he actually got nowhere.
So it is in the Christian life. The source of the Christian’s strength lies in God’s grace, not in exertions of will-power, or in efforts of discipline, or any other self-effort.
The church and its believers were enabled by God's grace to know and understand the truth of God's Word and to speak the truth to a lost and dying world. The Spirit of God had enriched their lives by giving them all the gifts of spiritual knowledge and spiritual speech. God will confirm the faith of a true believer. He will seal a person's decision for Christ with the Holy Spirit. God will pour His Spirit and His grace out upon a person who truly trusts His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The one thing God wants above all else is for the believer to be firmly established in the faith of His dear Son. “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 (NLT)
The saint knows that he will receive a place (a home) or a mansion in heaven. "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:2-3).
The saint knows that the sufferings of this world do not come close to comparing with the glory of the Lord's return and of heaven. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
3. Resource 3: the guide of God: Vs. 8
“Who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The believer's third resource is the security of the Lord Jesus Christ, the assurance which He brings to the believer's heart. The word "confirm" means preserve and establish, make steadfast and firm and secure. Jesus Christ will preserve and secure the believer from falling.
The word "blameless" means, guiltless. It means that no one will be able to accuse or bring any accusation against the believer when he stands before Christ in the Day of Judgment. The "day of our Lord Jesus Christ" will bring about the judgment seat of Christ, and only those who are preserved by the blood and power of Jesus Christ will be counted blameless: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
4. Resource 4: the glory of God: Vs. 9
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The believer's fourth resource is God Himself, His glorious call. God has called believers for one specific purpose: to be in fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. The longing of God's heart is for men to know His Son... God is not after us to fellowship with His Son only on a temporary basis. When God calls us to fellowship with His Son, He means eternal fellowship. He is adopting us as children so that Jesus Christ will have our fellowship as brothers. “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Galatians 4:4-6
Conclusion: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
Illustration of Grace: An old Indian, after living many years in sin, was led to Christ by a missionary. Friends asked him to explain the change in his life. Reaching down, he picked up a little worm and placed it on a pile of leaves. Then, touching a match to the leaves, he watched them smolder and burst into flames. As the flames worked their way up to the center where the worm lay, the old chief suddenly plunged his hand into the center of the burning pile and snatched out the worm. Holding the worm gently in his hand, he gave this testimony to the grace of God: “Me … that worm!”
In my introduction I set the stage for all that transpires with a house fire and I concluded with the understanding, having the right resources can save lives and property. It is with God’s Grace the saint has been given the greatest resource, that of Jesus Christ! So Saint March on!
These are some of the resources of being a saint! So saint march on!
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