FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART
The Whole Truth And Nothing But the Truth 3: The Church
1 Corinthians 3:1-15
Greetings! In this third and final instalment of ‘The Whole Truth…’, I would like to highlight on the Church, that is, God’s people in a community, in relation to God’s eternal Word.
In 1 Corinthians 3:1-15, Paul reveals the immaturity of certain people in the church in Corinth when they boast about whom or which camp they belong to. Put it simply, if we quarrel among one another we are but mere infants of the faith in the eyes of God. It does not matter if one is a member, an elder or a spiritual leader. The person who is jealous, who quarrels and is divisive is a drinker of milk not an eater of solid food! God sees such a person as worldly, not spiritual (3:1).
In this passage, Paul was at pains to point out that neither he nor Apollos, but God alone is to receive the full credit for the work done on the believers. Needless to say, we will earn our reward in heaven for our faithfulness as we serve God. Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf, a nobleman and bishop of the Moravian Church in the 1700s, got it right when he said, “Preach the gospel, die and be forgotten.” That is the kind of attitude and position we are to adopt in serving the Lord. Disciples of Jesus Christ ought to talk and live Christ. As we serve we do not share about the great work we have done but how great God is. The Christian life is not so much about us as it is about our Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ is our foundation, that’s the bottom line! Preach it and live it!
So how are we doing as a church? Do we brag about which group or whom we belong to or do we earnestly build the saints and boast in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:31; Galatians 6:14), the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the Word made flesh (John 1:14)?
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