12th January 2018

Introductions Matter 

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified (set apart, made holy) in Christ Jesus, who are selected and called as saints (God’s people), together with all those who in every place call on and honor the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
I Corinthians 1:2 (AMP)

Sometimes it’s easy to read past Paul’s introductions to his epistles, and yet often they give us a treasure trove of ideas to build us up and inspire us. It’s understandable because his introductions can sound so similar at times.

Take, for example, the scripture above. Let’s think about the phrases Paul and Sosthenes use.

To the church of God in Corinth: the church is the church of God, one body united by his Son. It does not belong to a local leader or to a group, but is the precious possession of God.

to those sanctified in Christ Jesus: holiness is received, not achieved. It is an act of grace. The term “sanctified” refers to our being individually set apart to receive the holiness of Jesus within us. This happens “in” Jesus Christ – because we are in union with Jesus through his life.

who are selected and called as saints: thus we are chosen to be holy in life. Paul often uses the word “saints” to describe Christians, the redeemed believers.

together with all those who in every place call on and honor the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: we are together as the church of God, no matter where we are physically. Calling on and honouring the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is a confession that he is Lord, the one to whom we submit every part of our life and being.

their Lord and ours: Just as the church does not belong to one particular area or place, neither does Jesus, who is Lord of all. His Lordship is for everyone, every time and every place.

Whenever you read one of the introductions to a biblical book, pause for a moment and meditate on what it has to say.

Prayer
Thank you, father, that the church is yours, and that we are sanctified in Jesus, who is Lord of all. In Jesus
’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

 

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