Last week, we were introduced to the city of Corinth and the miraculous work that God had done in the city–He had called people to be saints together. As he prepares to launch into a long portion of the letter dealing with the different divisions amongst the believers in this church of Corinth, Paul is taking time to help them remember what God has done and what their response should be.
This week we looked at 1 Cor. 1:4-9, in which Paul gives thanks. Paul never directs his thanks at a certain person or individual within the church who had done something outstanding–he always directs his thanks to God, for the people and the areas He has gifted them in.
Most of all, Paul reminds them of the Gospel–the life-changing, all-providing power that gifts us with past, present, and future benefits that are more powerful than a never-depleting gold mine. Paul is about to address a number of problems within the church, but first he needs to remind them that this Gospel will never run out of power to change them and the way they live in this world! There is no addiction too strong, no anger too dark, and no sexual sin too powerful to stand up to the power of the Gospel!
Within our own Corinthian context, this same Gospel is the power we need for all the problems of this life. While an actual goldmine may seem to solve a lot of problems, there are many that it can never help–illnesses that money can’t cure, relationships that riches won’t repair, and sin problems that luxury will not overcome.
Pastor Brian referenced a recent trip his family made, and how, after shopping for the best price on plane tickets, he finally hit the “confirm” button to purchase those airline tickets–securing his plans for the trip. After that, his family spent months thinking about, planning for, and making purchases to assist their trip.
In the same way, our salvation has been confirmed–because of Christ. Paul said in verse 7 that we will “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Gospel calls us to live a life preparing for a future–this new destination of our souls means we think about, plan for, and invest our lives in a future, eternal destination.
If you didn’t get a chance to hear the sermon, take a few moments to listen to it here–you’ll enjoy hearing about Pastor Brian’s recent attempts to receive free coffee for life and Pastor Hester’s Lamborghini. Most of all, you will be reminded of the grace and faithfulness of God in our past, our present, and our future, and the goldmine of the Gospel that provides for every need.