GOT TRUTH? – 1 CORINTHIANS 1:2 / JOHN 8:31-43
In 1 Corinthians 1:2 the Apostle Paul wrote, “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”
Although the Apostle Paul spends a great deal of time rebuking the saints in Corinth, this book is not simply a rebuke alone; but it is also a reminder and instruction for these believers in Corinth to walk in the truth which they had received through faith in Jesus Christ.
Within this letter Paul addresses a plethora of problems, which were spiritual in nature. Yet, these spiritual problems manifested themselves through the physical actions, or by the way in which the people lived their physical lives. It is for this reason, Paul consistently turned the attention of these believers back to the reality of their redemption and their responsibility to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ as He continually sanctified them. The Scriptures clearly teach that all believers, those who have been sanctified, are called to be saints (the people of God; those declared to be holy by God) and are commanded and expected to live accordingly.
However, there is somewhat of a dilemma within 1 Corinthians concerning the people to whom Paul wrote.
- On one hand Paul declared that they were sanctified and called to be saints:
VS 2 “to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,”
- While on the other hand, Paul declared that they were carnal:
Chap 3:1-3 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal,
even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye
were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there
is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”
Yet, Paul answers this dilemma in chapter 6.
Chap 6:9-11 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Those who live a lifestyle of such unrighteousness shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
So, while they were babes, in their understanding, due to their failure to submit to God and His Word, the Lord would not allow them to continue in such a condition. If there were those who did live such a lifestyle, Paul clearly declares that they had no part with God.
The contrast here is that Paul said that he did feed them, although it was milk rather than meat. However, there was an appetite for the Word of God, nonetheless. Paul’s statement can be viewed in light of the words of our Lord. Jesus told those who questioned Him, that those who continued in His Word were His disciples in deed (John 8:31); and that those who were not had no place for His Word (John 8:37); because they could not hear or receive His Word (John 8:43).
The real question and matter at hand is this: “Does the Word of God have place in your life?” If God’s Word has taken root in one’s life, there will be a growing desire to know Jesus Christ more, through His Word, and to submit to His Word on a daily basis. This is what it is to truly be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Christ prayed to the Father, expressing His desire for all of those who would follow Him: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Is you life continually being sanctified by the truth of God’s Word?
Do you have truth – or more importantly, Does truth have you?