1 Corinthians 1:
“I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah, according to God’s plan, along with my friend Sosthenes. I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth, believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!
* Who are we? We are believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life.
May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours. Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
• May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours.
• lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus.
• The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.
* The moment you gave your life to Christ he’s been right beside you having your back. He will always be thee to pick you up when you stumble. You will never walk through life alone. He’s got you till the end of time.
I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.
* We must learn how to get along with each other. We must lay our differences aside. We’re all in this journey called life together. Be there for each other. Life each other up. Be a friend. You never know what someone is going through. Don’t add to it.
While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti -miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”
* Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.” I love that. Even if God had weaknesses our best strengths couldn’t compare. Nothing can come against our God.
Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”” 1 Corinthians 1:1-10, 22-31 MSG
* God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?
* You are somebody. Where society trues to overlook you, your Heavenly Father doesn’t. You are a prized possession to him. Keep working. He’s bringing out in you what he sees so everyone else can see it.
* “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” Don’t “toot your own horn.” Don’t be boastful or prideful. Blow a trumpet for God. He is the reason for everything, everything you have, and everything you are.