Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work o fthe Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
1 Corinthians is the most comprehensive doctrinal statement on resurrection from the dead in the New Testament. But there are two practical exhortations in this chapter. Paul exhorts his readers to live as Christians in verses 33-34. And he exhorts his readers to labor as Christians in verse 58. Authentic faith is active faith. True faith works. Real Christians glorify God with their lives, as well as their lips. 1 Corinthians 15:58 gives three reasons why every Christian should be actively involved in the work of the Lord.
The Binding Contract
Paul preached a simple gospel of a risen Savior at Corinth. Yet some in the church of Corinth, influenced by their pagan backgrounds, claimed there is no resurrection from the dead. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 15 to refute this grave error (pun intended). In this chapter, Paul argues that the resurrection is Jesus is the essential truth of the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). And the resurrection of Jesus guarantees of the future resurrection of those who believe in him (1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 50-57).
The resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything! Because the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, we must not waste our lives. Saving faith in the risen Savior is the binding contract of Christian service. Because Christ died for you, you should live for him. Good works works do not produce salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). But salvation produces good works (Ephesians 2:10). Christianity is a life you live, not merely a truth you believe. We live what we believe. It is a life of service to others for Christ’s sake. No Christian can do everything. But every Christian can do something. If you are not willing to do anything for the Lord, you do not have the right to call yourself a Christian.
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