Two letters written 2,000 years ago by the hand of the apostle Paul bear much relevancy for Christians today. The Corinthian church was mired down in many things that plague many churches, so Paul’s admonishments to them them ring with a poignancy that we must pay attention to. Greed, selfishness, conflict, lawsuits, ethics, religious practices, financial abuses–you name it, these letters have it all.
Yet these letters are intensely spiritual in that the apostle relates all his wisdom and teaching back to the cross of Christ. In his own words, he declares:
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void. (1 Cor 1:17)
We preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, (1 Cor 1:23)
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. (1 Cor 2:2)
In this series we will study 1 & 2 Corinthians in view of the cross as the “power of God” (1 Cor 1:18) not only for salvation, but also for Christian living.
A few notes are in order:
1. The reader will notice that in this devotional commentary we capitalize pronouns and other direct references to Deity, being consistent with the custom of the NASB. However, it should be noted that the original Greek in which the New Testament was written does not make this distinction.
2. Why just five days per week? Our experience is that for most people routines of life revolve around a five day work week, so it is often easier to schedule devotional reading in that framework. This of course leaves the weekends free for alternate readings — which provides variety. We might suggestion on the weekends, the reader read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Psalms each day. In this way, in one year the entire book of Proverbs will be read three times, and the book of Psams twice–with a few days to spare!
3. We suggest taking 15 minutes each workday morning: 1 minute to pray, asking the Lord to open your mind and heart to His voice. 10 minutes for reading and musing on the meditation, 4 minutes for prayer based on devotional for the day. The more specific you can be in your prayer, the better. Remember, the Lord wants to hear from you. Feel free, of course, keep a log of your prayer concerns, so that you can be consistent.
I pray the Lord will use these brief daily meditations to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.