Friday 30 August, 2013

1 Corinthians 15: 1–11

15 Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the good news I preached to you. You received it and have put your faith in it. 2 Because you believed the good news, you are saved. But you must hold firmly to the message I preached to you. If you don’t, you have believed it for nothing. 3 What I received I passed on to you. And it is the most important of all. Here is what it is. Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. 4 He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be. 5 He appeared to Peter. Then he appeared to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than 500 believers at the same time. Most of them are still living. But some have died. 7 He appeared to James. Then he appeared to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, he also appeared to me. I was like someone who wasn’t born at the right time or in a normal way. 9 I am the least important of the apostles. I’m not even fit to be called an apostle. I tried to destroy God’s church. 10 But because of God’s grace I am what I am. And his grace was not wasted on me. No, I have worked harder than all the other apostles. But I didn’t do the work. God’s grace was with me. 11 So whether it was I or the other apostles who preached to you, that is what we preach. And that is what you believed.

It is good to be reminded of the basics of the gospel. Not that we forget it, but sometimes we start to take it for granted.

In Luke 7, Jesus says of the woman who poured perfume on his feet  “Her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown.” Paul says a similar thing here – that he works even harder for the gospel because of the great grace shown him – being called by God and forgiven after persecuting the church.

I think we need to remind ourselves frequently of God’s grace and love for us in calling and forgiving us. Meditate afresh today on what Jesus did for you.

Written by Megan Cornell

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  1. David Newton says:

    It is a little scarey to think that God’s grace can go to waste. It is actually the extravagant nature of grace (undeserved favor) that risks the possibility of waste. — In simple terms you would say ‘every time someone shows undeserved favor they are risking it not being appreciated’ — The risk of waste is actually a manifestation of God’s love.

    Your example in Luke 7:36 is great for meditation on the subject. As a result I have to admit I am a waster of God’s grace towards me!

    Your post is simply stated but it has had a big effect on me.
    Thank you Megan

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