A toast to the Bride and Groom
I told y’all there was more to come from 1 Corinthians 3 and I wasn’t lying. I’m sorry it took so long to give you the “more to come” from the scripture.
If ya need a refresher on the words of Paul in chapter 3 then click here, https://barescript.com/2017/12/23/dating-him/ (but y’all come back now).
I read 1 Corinthians 3 on December 23 and it spoke volumes to me. Since then, I have finished the entire book of 1 Corinthians and have been moved by Paul’s word to the people of Corinth and his advice to Timothy, his predecessor. I guess you could say I am on a journey of Paul. I have learned so much the past couple months from Paul and thought I’d finish 1 Corinthians 3 remarks before I begin anything else.
So, let’s get going partay people!
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
A couple key words stuck out to reading verse 11. No one, and by this Paul means no one. No believer and no un-believer can lay a foundation other than Jesus Christ.
Foundation, this is the base on which everything else is built. The foundation is the most important part of a house. If the foundation is not built properly the first time it can be re-built, but for a very large price. Fact of the matter…do it right the first time.
Already laid, the foundation has already been laid y’all. Jesus Christ is the foundation, it is done, it is finished, the story is written and the Kingdom of God wins. Amen. What a blessing it is that we don’t need to wait for the ending of the book to find the answer. There is absolutely no guessing, the foundation has already been laid and you can’t do anything to hinder that.
Y’all for real… ^^^ that is absolutely amazing. If I could sing I would bust out in praise songs right now, because that just FIRES ME UP.
17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
You are that temple, replace temple with me or I and let this scripture sink in. If anyone destroys God’s (creation, aka me), God will destroy them; for God’s (creation, aka me) is sacred. If you have accepted Christ Jesus into your heart and KNOW that he is your SAVIOR then you’re connected with God. Sacred means that you are dedicated and connected to God. Paul describes this beautifully. We are described as a temple because when we receive Christ his word lives in us. A temple is a dwelling place or place of worship, and what better way to worship the King of kings than with our bodies.
21So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God
This verse is incredible. Side note: I have an extremely hard time describing the awesomeness of God and the bible because there are simply no words that can level-up to his utter, down right, slap ya mama good AMAZINGNESS. Okay, back to work. Like I said this verse is WOW, but it can also be very easily overlooked if aren’t willing and ready to get nitty gritty with the word. On December 23 however, I was beyond ready to be nitty and gritty, so I did some research and called up a good friend of mine, John Piper (jk, I just googled his thoughts), but this is the gold that I found:
No more boasting about men! Simple. Why would we so often boast about the actor in a movie, but the dude behind the scenes who wrote the entire script and created each character. Of course we do this because it is who we see, it is who others praise, because we enjoy things that are concrete and see-able (not quite sure if, “see-able” is a word, but whateva). Hold on to this thought as I continue.
Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas… So these guys were rock stars for the kingdom of God. Rock stars that if you lived with them back in the day, you might be a little jealous or likely to praise him for his role in God’s kingdom. Here is where your brain is going to explode (at least mine did and I am still picking up the pieces), the way that God used these guys has a giant effect on you. An effect that you may not ever notice, but their work serving the Lord is for your good. Their lifetime is intricately woven into your life for your joy. Man, God is incredible.
Or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours Again, this is wild. The world, everything wonderful in it and everything horrible in it, is ours. Life is ours. We are not a victim to anything, because it is ours. Death is ours, AMEN!!! Death has no hold on me because our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ died on a cross… and ROSE AGAIN!! Death is our servant for we are alive in the name of Jesus. The present is ours and the future is ours. All of these things serve us, Why?
And you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. We are his bride and he is our groom. The holy spirit filled us up and made us heirs…heirs to the King of kings. We are of Christ because of God. John Piper said, Christ is God’s image, his beloved, his radiance, his essence and his heir. Because we are of Christ, God will do anything for our good.
Therefore, why do we worry, why do we judge, why do we envy, why do we complain about every intricate piece of this world is created by God and used for his good.
***Key note. All of this is not yours, if you are not His. God wants you to be his child…please email me if you don’t know if you are His***