Giving Thanks and Providing Testimony
I just lately got here throughout 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 once more and was reminded of all of the methods God has enriched his individuals by way of his grace, blessing us together with his phrases, with understanding. Right here it’s:
I all the time thank my God for you due to his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you may have been enriched in each waywith all types of speech and with all knowledgeGod thus confirming our testimony about Christ amongst you. Subsequently you don’t lack any non secular reward as you eagerly look ahead to our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He may also preserve you agency to the top, in order that you can be innocent on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is devoted, who has known as you into fellowship together with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A standard verse to lean on round Thanksgiving time, and one; butas Scripture is the residing phrase of Godhe tends to disclose acquainted passages to us in another way at completely different occasions. It was verse 6 that caught out to me this time. Partly as a result of it was the one Id all the time handed over with out giving it second thought.
Gods presents to his individuals (v5) confirms our testimony about him (v6). Pauls use of the phrase testimony (martyrion, within the Greek), is fascinating, contemplating this observe from the New Worldwide Dictionary of New Testomony Theology:
Paul is perhapsthe first to offer martyrion a brand new which means and content material when he says in 1 Cor. 1:6: as a result of our testimony [martyrion] about Christ was confirmed in you. This phrase not means a chunk of proof or a recollection giving encouragement or warning; the phrase is used within the sense of the gospel, the proclaimed message of salvation in Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 2:1; 15:15; 2 Thess. 1:10).
My hope is that even our phrases this seasonwords like thanksgiving and vacation and testimonywords simply appropriated by the secular world and put to its informal usewould be remodeled in our speech by the facility of Christ.
The Significance of Phrase Research
Phrases are necessary. The start happened by the Phrase, in spite of everything. The Phrase, which grew to become flesh to remodel our loss of life into new life. God transforms our wordsas he transforms our spirit, our understanding, as he enriches us with all types of speech and with all data (1 Cor. 1:5b).
I encourage you, by way of this vacation season, to deal with particular person phrases in your Scripture studying. If youre a Bible Gateway Plus member, you may have entry to a collection of commentaries and dictionaries for simply such a shut studying. Assets like Mounce’s Full Expository Dictionary and New Worldwide Dictionary of New Testomony Theology are indispensable guides to understanding Gods Phrase extra absolutely.
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And have a blessed vacation season!
Observe: The phrase vacation comes from the Outdated English haligdg, which means, holy day, consecrated day, non secular anniversary. So, once I say, have a blessed vacation season, I imply it in that manner. Could God consecrate this time whereas we search him by studying and studying his Phrase.