July 25, Reading 3 – 1 Corinthians 16

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SAA Notes

I like to dwell on verses 13,14. They are so simple yet so challenging.

SJA Notes

Paul ends this first letter with specific callouts and exhortations, for individuals and for churches. These were encouragements for the readers then, and too for us today.

It is a good thing to be encouraged with the work of the gospel that is going on outside of our own local churches. Places around us, and those far away.

Let’s keep each other in prayer.

* Gracious Lord God,

Thank You for Your church, that You continue to build, all across the world.

Please help bind up the broken-hearted, heal the sick, give strength to the weary and courage to those in fear.

Amen.

July 24, Reading 3 – 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

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Resurrection is a necessary first step before we enter heaven. This resurrection hope in Christ takes the sting out of death, out of my death and yours. What a wonderful exhortation there is in verse 58!

SJA Notes

“The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.”

We follow the man of dust down to the grave, the perishable being sown in death.

And praise be to God, that through Jesus we follow Him, the man of heaven, that after being sown we are raised to life, as spiritual bodies.

Right now, these our bodies, they are but a bare kernel, a little seed.

But through Jesus, that perishable will become imperishable, that mortal will become immortal.

At the last trump!

“For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

This passage is a wonderful encouragement to us, our hope in glory (a new resurrection body).

Let’s be encouraged.

* Gracious Father,

Your plans for us are so strangely wonderful that we cannot but catch a glimpse and be broken at Your grace and mercy.

That You would have importance and worth in these mortal and perishable bodies, following the footsteps of the first Adam, a man of dust.

That these bodies would have importance in the NOW, but even more in the THEN. That on the final day, when Jesus comes and puts all things (death the last enemy) in subjection under His feet – On that day of judgement so final it should reverberate through our conversations every day – On that day we will see Your full plan for our resurrected (sown in dishonor, raised in glory) bodies.

Thank You Lord! What a loving God You are!

Amen.

July 23, Reading 3 – 1 Corinthians 15:1-34

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The death and resurrection of Christ are central to the Gospel. Their truth is the hinge upon which our faith turns.

SJA Notes

“But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”

Paul simply and plainly states one of foundational truths that we boast in (and we should boast in this).

That Jesus was raised from the dead.

What a strange and often-derided position this is to take.

I mean, seriously! If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then we are the saddest of created mankind.

But He did.

Jesus rose from the dead. He broke death for us.

Do we believe in this?

* Father God,

We believe in You, please help our unbelief.

We long for Your love, please open our eyes to what You have done, will do and continue to do right now for us.

Please remind us each day of Jesus; His work for us, saving us from our sin and from the shadow of death.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour You are!

Amen.