Enriched in Every Way-I Corinthians 1:4-9

1 Corinthians 1:4-9 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way — in all your speaking and in all your knowledge— because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”

1 Corinzi 1:4-9  “Io ringrazio sempre il mio Dio per voi, per la grazia di Dio che vi è stata data in Cristo Gesù; perché in lui siete stati arricchiti di ogni cosa, di ogni dono di parola e di ogni conoscenza, essendo stata confermata tra di voi la testimonianza di Cristo; in modo che non mancate di alcun dono, mentre aspettate la manifestazione del Signore nostro Gesù {Cristo}. Egli vi renderà saldi sino alla fine, perché siate irreprensibili nel giorno del Signore nostro Gesù Cristo. Fedele è Dio dal quale siete stati chiamati alla comunione del Figlio suo Gesù Cristo, nostro Signore.”

            Paul planted the church in Corinth and if you read the account in Acts 18, his efforts came with much resistance and nominal success. Corinth was a rival city of Athens and perceived as the most immoral of the Greek cities. In a time of seeming discouragement, God speaks to Paul and tells him to keep on preaching because God will bring many people to the Lord. As a result, Paul stays in Corinth for the next eighteen months preaching the Gospel and God was faithful.

These opening verses are Paul’s first words and letter to the Corinthian church plant about a year later. He rejoices to see that the testimony he had preached and taught in Corinth has now born fruit. Paul says of these believers that they were enriched in every way (v.4-6), waiting for (expecting) the Lord’s return (v. 7) and trusting day by day in the faithfulness of God (v. 8-9). The word “confirmed” in verse 6 is derived from a legal Greek word that guarantees the contents of a contract. Paul assures them and us that God will keep His contract with us. It is the integrity of God that will preserve those that trust in Him and it is also the lack of integrity (both in Corinth and today) that can breach the contract. We should never use God’s confirmation through Jesus Christ as an excuse for sin but make it the foundation for a relationship with God.

Pray with me:  Lord, as I grow to know You more and more as my Savior and Lord, I am reminded that I am completely enriched in God. Help me to always cherish Your faithfulness and keep my part of the contract with You.

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