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Lent Day 6

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1-19

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Church Divided Over Leaders

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]


Today's Meditation: 

Paul has had an extensive history of contact with the city of Corinth, beginning when he established the church in Corinth. Paul received reports of disturbances in the church. Paul’s letter was in response to these reports. Paul makes it clear “I am an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God”, not the will of any man. Paul, like us, is thankful for the grace God has given us by Jesus. We have been enriched by Him in all utterance and in knowledge. Paul’s plea to the Church in Corinth is true today; asking that we not allow our differences to create divisions that are going to distract us from the ministries of the church that we are called to fulfill. We are all baptized to the same triune God. It is the will of God that we are unified in the message of the cross.


Prayer:

Father God, We are thankful for the many graces that we have been blessed with. Guide us to unity that allows us to fulfill the needs of your church. Continue to lead us back to the cross. Amen.


Gary Schritter


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