Read the Bible in 2023 ◊ Week 16: Sunday
which I preached to you,
which also you received,
in which also you stand,
by which also you are saved,
if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
Today’s Bible reading 1 Corinthians 15–16. As Paul brings his letter to the church at Corinth to a close, he gives us a chapter of assurance, hope, and triumph, as he bears witness to the gospel and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Pray and ask God to teach you and stir your heart in trust and gratitude to Him as you read these chapters.
My children memorized 1 Corinthians 15:3–4 when they were little. I’ve heard passages from 1 Corinthians 15 read on Easter Sunday and at funeral services. Paul lays out the gospel and assures us of our hope in Christ—death is not the end, in Christ we will be made alive!
I also hear the trumpet of Handel’s Messiah as I read.
The chapter ends with Paul’s charge to us who belong to Jesus.
The Therefore looks back to what he has just written: Death is swallowed up in victory…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why we can have courage and encouragement to be: steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Notice Paul gives us yet more encouragement at the end of the verse: knowing your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
In the chapter 16, Paul gives greetings and in addition to specific instructions to the church, this charge for us all.
Look at the commands in 1 Corinthians 15:58 and 1 Corinthians 16:13–14. These are not once and done commands. The verb form in the Greek tells us they “are to be commitments to a long term way of doing something;” each is a “command to keep on doing an action as one’s general habit or life-style.”1 Once more Paul underscores the centrality of love to the Corinthians, Let all that you do be done in love.
Beset as they are with problems, the Corinthian believers are his beloved children, Paul closes his letter with a prayer of blessing, and a reminder of his own love for them.
My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
In gratitude with love for God, let us take to heart Paul’s words and persevere.
Silvesterzug Laterne: Bk muc. (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Trumpet: PJ, background cropped by EWikist. GFDL-1.2-or-later. (CC BY-SA 3.0). Click the photo to enlarge.
Video: Teddy Tahu Rhodes sings ‘The trumpet shall sound’ from Handel’s Messiah with Leanne Sullivan on baroque trumpet, the Orchestra of the Antipodes and conductor Antony Walker.
1Gary Hill, Gleason L. Archer, consulting ed. The Discovery Bible (Moody Press, Chicago:1987) 354–355, xvi.
I’m using Michael Coley’s Bible reading plan (one page PDF to print) to read through the Bible in 2023. Each day my posts are on different books because he divides Bible readings into seven categories, one for each day of the week: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy and Gospels. There’s more information on his plan and other ones at Read the Bible in 2023.
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