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REMINDING THE CORINTHIANS OF HOW GOD VIEWS THEM

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By Dr. Steve Dunn

Time to get into this study in earnest.  We last posted this text and these questions: 1 Corinthians 1:1-7

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1. What things does Paul remind the Corinthians that are true about them?  They are people who have been sanctified in Christ and called to be his holy people. Sanctification come from the verb sanctify.  Sanctify originates from the Greek word hagios., which means to be “separate” or to be “set apart.”  When the people at Corinth became believers, Paul understands they were given a new nature.  That nature is “holy.”  It is a new reality made possible by God’s undeserved gift of grace.  Whereas in their sin, that nature separated them from God and made it impossible to please Him, this new nature makes possible the intimate relationship Jesus intended when he invited his disciples to pray, “Abba (Daddy), Father …”

But as Rick Warren reminds in The Purpose Driven Life, we are saved for service.  We have been called to be the incarnational presence of Christ in the world.  We are to be the flesh and blood who prove the life-transforming power of God.

Here’s the reflection question for today: How should this truth impact our everyday lives as Christians?  How has it impacted your life?   I invite you to comment on this question now.

Next time we will move on to the remaining questions.

2. What does he say has been given to them?

3. What does Paul say God has promised them?

4. What does he tell them about the nature of God?

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