Well, here it is--the final installment of our First Corinthians study. It certainly took much longer than I expected. First I had trouble sending these studies due to technical issues and then my computer crashed. I thank God that He enabled me to finish and now it's time to move on to Second Corinthians. But first let's finish up this study.
It is interesting to me that both the start and close of Paul's letters have so much content. There were and are no idle words. We would do well to pay attention to every word, for the Spirit had some reason for including them as Paul wrote. This week I wrote about 1 Corinthians 16:9:
vs. 8&9 -- Paul was in Ephesus when he wrote this letter and something significant was going on there. God had opened a door of significant ministry for him there. When God opens a door, no man can close it. When He closes a door, no man can open it. But along with the door comes opposition. It is easy to interpret opposition to mean that you are doing something wrong, but often it appears to prove and confirm that you are doing something right.
Where is the greatest opposition in your life right now? Is it hiding or blocking a door of oportunity? Furthermore, don't just expect the opposition to be external. Where is your greatest internal opposition? Where do you battle fear, low self-esteem or rejection, causing you to procrastinate or flee? Paul was going to stay on until Pentecost, however long that was in spite of the opponents. You and I need to do the same.
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