MONDAY September 18, 2017
Confirmed in Christ
…even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift… - 1 Corinthians 1:6-7
Paul mentioned the word testimony which in the Greek is marturiasmeaning “a witness, evidence.” The work of Christ in our lives is evident to others. It is a miraculous work He has done in us, through Christ, “the Anointed One.” Jesus has given to us a solid guarantee of our salvation. How are we confirmed in Christ? We are confirmed by the Holy Spirit:
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come [salvation] - (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
It is important to notice the Holy Spirit’s involvement in the church of Corinth, as we go through the entire book of 1 Corinthians.Yet, what was the problem concerning the Holy Spirit in the church? The believers in Corinth were misusing the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit. These spiritual gifts are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Paul made known that all these gifts were given by God, through the working of His Spirit:
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. - (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
Are you using the gifts of the Holy Spirit for God’s glory, or for your own purposes?
What the Spirit does is exactly what the Lord does; the Spirit's work is not an additional or special work beyond the Lord's; the Spirit is the Lord at work.
~F. D. Bruner~
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