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1 Corinthians 1:30 - 2:5
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
2:1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Paul’s resource and resolve were: Jesus Christ
Last week we spoke of the Supremacy of Jesus in all things
Colossians 1:18 (NIV)
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
We have often spoken of the source of all things and reasons for all things is Jesus
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Today we talk more of the Supremacy of Jesus and how that becomes the MOST practical thing in our lives.
Paul begins his first letter to the Corinthians with a call to focus on and fellowship with Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
From “koinonos”; partnership, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction -- (to) communicate(-ation), communion, (contri-)distribution, fellowship.
The faithful God has called us centrally to FELLOWSHIP (KOINONOS) with His Son- Jesus Christ.
Paul proclaims that the believer should be in a state of “BECOMING" not just “GETTING" in Christ Jesus
1 Corinthians 1:30
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
- Christ becomes our wisdom
- Christ becomes our righteousness
- Christ becomes our sanctification
- Christ becomes our redemption
Paul centers the practical dealings in their lives around Christ
- Division is dealt with centered in the revelation of Christ’s un-dividedness
1 Corinthians 1:10-13a
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided?
- Sexual immorality is dealt with in relation to our body’s union and purpose with Christ
1 Corinthians 6:13-20
“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
- Marriage issues are dealt with in relation to the call of Christ
1 Corinthians 7:17
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.
- Differing levels of revelation about periphery issues dealt with in Christ
1 Corinthians 8:11
And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.
- All things are dealt with as we are encouraged to live for the glory of God
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
The most IMPORTANT & PRACTICAL THING in the Christian’s life is the Supremacy of Christ.
There is not one area of your life that does not relate to Jesus Christ in some way now that you are a disciple.
Coordinating and calibrating our lives around the person of Jesus Christ should be the central activity of the disciple.
May Jesus be supreme in our affections, attitudes, and actions!