Monday, February 26, 2007

No other foundation...than Jesus Christ!

Paul admonished the church at Corinth in 1 Cor. 3 not attempt to lay any foundation other than that which has already been laid, namely Jesus Christ. The following list is the foundation of Christ that Paul had poured into the Corinthians prior to telling them again (1 Cor. 3) to be deeply rooted in Christ, and in Him alone!

Acts 18
(Background to Paul's 1st visit to Corinth)
(v5) devoted himself to the Word and to the fact that Jesus is the Messiah
(v9) in the face of opposition he kept preaching Christ because the Lord said ‘Acts 18:9-10 And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; [10] for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city."

Foundation of Jesus Christ in...

Gospel of Grace
1:4 grace was given to you by God inC

The cross

1:18 Word of the cross is foolishness to those perishing, but to those being saved it is the power of God
1:23 we preach Christ crucified: to Jews a stumbling block (didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah), to Gentiles foolishness (depended on wisdom)
2:2 determined to know nothing among you except Christ and Him crucified

The Glory of Christ
1:24 Christ is the power and wisdom of God

Expository exaltation in Christ: proclaiming Him
2:1 I came to you proclaiming God
2:4 my words were in demonstration of the spirit and power of God
2:7 we speak God’s wisdom
2:13 we speak what the Spirit teaches Christ-centeredness
2:2 determined to know nothing among you except Christ and Him crucified

Persevering Love of Christ
1:8 Christ will confirm you to the end

God’s Sovereignty and Glory in the work of Christ in relation to salvation
1:27-28 God has chosen the foolish things to shame the wise; weak to shame the strong; the base things of the world
1:29 that no man may boast before the Lord
1:30 by God’s doing you are in Christ Jesus: who became to us wisdom; righteousness; sanctification; redemption
1:31 that he who boasts, boasts in God

Role of the Holy Spirit
2:10-11 The Spirit searches and knows all things, even the depths of God
2:12 we received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit of God

God’s faithfulness
1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship

Dependence upon Christ
2:5 so that your faith would rest not in man (3:4-8) but in God
2:14 natural man doesn’t understand the things of God, because they are spiritually darkened (3:7 God causes the growth)

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