When you hear the word “judgment” what do you normally think of? Well, if you are like most people you most likely think of punishment, or wrath, or doom, or fear, or even death. As believers, however, when we hear of judgment we need not have such a negative view.
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As Paul continues to deal with the issue of division within the church at Corinth, he continues to show the areas that this division is deficient. In our passage before us this morning he focuses on the deficiency of their view of human leaders and the effect that such a view will have on the church.
As Paul continues to address the issue of division within the church at Corinth, he continues to focus on the superiority of a foundation built upon the wisdom of God vs. the wisdom of men. In our present passage, he reminds the reader of the sufficiency of God’s wisdom and the deficiency of the division in light of that sufficiency.
“The whole drift toward modernism that has blighted the church of God and nearly destroyed its living Gospel may be traced to an hour when men began to turn from revelation to philosophy.” (Martin Lloyd Jones) This is no new issue as is seen in our passage before us this morning. G Campbell Morgan stated “I do not like to call it modernism. It is an ancient antique that is being dug up! It is all here, (in our passage) and it all comes down to this: The difference between the wisdom that results from what is known as philosophy (human wisdom), and the wisdom that is built upon Divine revelation.”
Paul quickly moves from the position of the believers in the church of Corinth to their practice. Remember, he is not questioning their position, but he is addressing the failures in their practice. The primary issue that he sees is the issue he addresses first. This is the issue of division within the church an issue that must be resolved before any of the other issues can be solved.
Paul teaches us an important lesson as he begins his letter to the church at Corinth. Through his prayer of thanksgiving we come to the realization that as believers we always have reason to give thanks. No matter how much we or someone we love may be struggling in their Christian lives, we can always rejoice in the grace of God.
In I Corinthians, Paul addresses a church that he had founded several years earlier, a church which had fallen into great disarray. He addresses both the problems he has been informed of, as well as several questions that the church had asked of Him. He constantly points them back to their sufficiency in Christ and directs them to stop living as they are and in his own words “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (16:13-14)