Building: With the Gospel 2-28

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1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Are you listening for what God has to say to you? 

These are the things we must believe (live out) if we are to be saved from the wrath to come. Specifically, saved to God our father. Here are the basics of Christianity for every Christian tradition, fellowship, or assembly. These are the building blocks that we are to use in building up the body of Christ, that we are to teach and preach and share with our neighbors through the love of God!

This is what we know: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into this world to save people from their sins through the blood-shed and life given on the cross. Then the resurrection validates the atoning death of Jesus our Lord. 

This is what we are to share: that God sent His son to pay the penalty of sin. That, when we accept the gift of Salvation that is found in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and set free from the wrath to come. We freely give our lives to Jesus Christ and are made a part of His Body, the Church. 

When we share the good news of salvation, with both our words and our actions, Jesus is able to build His Church, to add to our number daily those that are being saved (see Acts 2:42-47). 

God says, through the Gospel, that you are redeemed, that you have new life in Christ, and that you are no longer your past, you are not what you did, you are forgiven, set free from the wrath to come, set free from the law of sin and death. He says you are His child, His beloved, a part of His Church.

Vs. 9-10 – Grace is undeserved Devine assistance, the undeserved favor of God. Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely, the peace of God given to the restless, the unmerited favor of God shown to those who merited death and eternal destruction. It is said that grace is the opposite of karma, which is about getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve and not getting what you do. 

Christians live every day by the grace of God. We receive forgiveness according to the riches of God’s grace, and grace drives our sanctification. Paul tells us, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13). Spiritual growth doesn’t happen overnight, we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 2:18). Grace transforms our desires, motivations, and behavior, making us more Christ like.

God’s grace grounds and empowers everything in the Christian life, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:9).

Digging Deeper

  • Are you a witness of the Gospel?
  • How are you, as an instrument of God, helping to build the Church?
  • How are you helping to further the Kingdom? 
  • How is grace working in your life today?

Further Reading: Isaiah 53:5-6, 9, Psalm 16:10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Romans 5:1-11, Hebrews 5:8-9

Grace:  Romans 11, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Timothy 2:1, Hebrews 4:16

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