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The many who think they’re called don’t take it seriously, that is, they treat each day the same, and avoid sharing Jesus’ massage in conversation.
(1Cor 1:24-29; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence.)
Most denominations teach a method by which a person can turn ‘repent’ and become a Christian. That’s a problem when attempting to teach the seriousness of living Jesus’ commandments, because folks can then boast of their decisions. God’s calling is His choosing, so those who’re called can’t boast.
God’s Church at Corinth should have realized their association with Paul, was to have part in Jesus’ message. Christians are sanctified in Christ and have purpose in God, to make their calling sure by living saintly. Paul called church members brethren with no strain or narrow sectarianism, because of their pureness in living, and Jesus called His apostles brethren, saying ‘He didn’t call them slaves because slaves aren’t given to understand what the master is doing.’ True believers should call each other brethren for the same reason.
True Christian living is looking to Jesus Christ, as the Vine and they the branches. Our riches are in Him, awaiting our claiming and use. The riches of Christ are at each Christian’s disposal living as God’s heirs by grace and through the Holy Spirit. Called Christians know they can’t look to their fleshly minds to understand God’s truth but wait on His gifted revelations. It is sharing Jesus’ message, sorrows, sufferings, and labors for a world where knowledges will cover like water the sea. A world undivided, looking to the king of kings, ‘as God’s Church is One with Him now.
(1Cor 1;10; Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.)
Paul’s object in His Corinthian letter was to end strife among members. That Jesus is the Light of each.
(John 1:1-5; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.)
When it’s known that we’re called for God’s purpose, there’s no thought of a lack of wisdom in His Word.
See first paragraph page one, (1Cor 1:18-29) then see the conclusion.
(1Cor 1:31; But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, ‘He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.’)
Jesus Christ is the Lord God Moses referred to, saying, ‘One coming after me, ‘him you must obey.’
Believing in Jesus implies the doctrine of Atonement, humbly bearing His way, ‘His life’s practices’ in daily living. Oh, to have the grace of knowing Jesus and never being ashamed, ‘to teach a crucified Savior in a humble crucified spirit as Paul did.’
(1Cor 2:1-8; When I came to you brethren I came not with excellence in speech, of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect, ‘being perfected’ yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nougat: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.)
Paul is saying to Christians, don’t depreciate yourself, but give yourself over; ‘Jesus will find a niche for you and make your life worth living through His faith.’ God the Father puts believers into a union with Jesus. Everything needed for life and godliness is in Him.
Paul came to Corinth from Athens, where he first had sought to win people by studies, philosophy and preaching Jesus crucified. As he entered Corinth, he deliberately determined that his theme would be the crucified Lord, expressing His good news in the simplest phrases. When we speak Jesus’ truth the Spirit is ever at hand enforcing our testimony by demonstration and power.
(1Cor 2:9-16; But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit search all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.)
The mind of Christ doesn’t lead folks to look at images, denominations or clerics to worship.
We’re instructed to try the spirits, compare scripture to scripture, allowing scripture to interpret scripture, but without spiritual guidance the many twist them to fit an agenda. (We know we’re in Jesus and He in us when we’re gifted to know His deity, ‘as the Son of God revealing His Father and Himself, that God the Father has allocated all things to Him: He being the prophesied sacrificial Lamb of God, the Re-creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Savior, Redeemer, Mediator, coming King of Kings, the Alpha and Omega inspiring the Holy Scriptures, making perpetual promises and sharing plans to God the Father’s chosen, plans that can’t be changed. The One who’ll subject all to God the Father when New Jerusalem comes down.
Gifted to believe in Jesus this way through His gifted faith without reservation makes His chosen at One with Himself, God the Father and one another: it’s the family of God whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life.