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Is Your Salvation Secure?

November 22nd, 2009

abstract fire on blackThe sermon today from 1 Corinthians 3:9-17 focused on the practical issues of doing good or bad works. The passage teaches us that Jesus Christ is the only foundation but that there are different ways to build on that foundation. Our works are likened to various building materials and the day of judgment is likened to fire. Certain building materials will burn up in fire and others will survive. In the same way our good works will earn us rewards, while our bad works will suffer us loss.

What was not covered in the sermon, at least in any detail, was the subject of Eternal Security. Can a saved person lose their salvation? Is it correct to say “Once Saved Always Saved”?

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 is a powerful passage in this debate. But before, I elaborate, let me invite you to post your questions or concerns about this topic by leaving a comment below.
Jesse

What does 1 Corinthians 1:7 mean “so that you come short in no gift…”?

November 4th, 2009

I recently gave a sermon entitled “Seven Facts about You” (click to listen) from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.

A question came up after the sermon about verse 7. What does it mean when it says “so that you come short in no gift”?

For verse 7, there are a few possible interpretations. Consider this quote:

“The exact meaning of you are not lacking in any spiritual gift is uncertain. The possibilities are:

(a) there is not one of God’s gifts that you do not have (TEV and REB have this interpretation);

(b) there are none of God’s gifts that you do not have enough of;

(c) there is not one of God’s gifts that you have less of than any other gift (the King James Version [KJV] seems to take this meaning).”

from Ellingworth, P., Hatton, H., & Ellingworth, P. (1995). A handbook on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. UBS handbook series; Helps for translators. New York: United Bible Societies.

However, I think the best explanation for this verse is that no believer is left without a spiritual gift.

Examine the context. Paul is establishing several facts about the Corinthian believers and any “who call on the name of the Jesus Christ our Lord”. So this must be something that is true for every believer.

We know from experience that not every believer has every gift. We also know logically, if that was true there would be no diversity, and passages like 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 would lose their meaning. The metaphor of the body with all its different parts would also lose its meaning. This addresses (a).

It is also not true that every believer has their particular gift maxed out. Quite often I see people with a particular gift, but they fall short in it. I suppose you could say that they aren’t really falling short, they just aren’t appropriating the gift’s full potential. You might also say that it applies at the church level, but again, you’d have to admit that it sure doesn’t seem to be true in many churches. This addresses (b).

Lastly, I can personally testify that some gifts are stronger than others in me, so I don’t think (c) is true either.

It IS true, though, that every believer is given one or more spiritual gift(s). No believer comes up lacking by not having a spiritual gift.

Do you know how the Lord has gifted you? How are you giving back to Him?
Please contact me or seek out a friend to help you discover or use a gift for the Lord.

Jesse

For verse 7, there are a few possible interpretations. Consider this quote:

“The exact meaning of you are not lacking in any spiritual gift is uncertain. The possibilities are:

(a) there is not one of God’s gifts that you do not have (TEV and REB have this interpretation);

(b) there are none of God’s gifts that you do not have enough of;

(c) there is not one of God’s gifts that you have less of than any other gift (the King James Version [KJV] seems to take this meaning).”

–Ellingworth, P., Hatton, H., & Ellingworth, P. (1995). A handbook on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. UBS handbook series; Helps for translators. New York: United Bible Societies.

I, however, think the best explanation for that verse is that no believer is left without a spiritual gift. Consider the context. Paul is establishing several facts about the Corinthian believers and any “who call on the name of the Jesus Christ our Lord”. So this must be something that is true for every believer.

You and I both know that not every believer has every gift. If that was true there would be no diversity and passages like 1 Cor 12 and Romans 12 would lose their meaning. The metaphor of the body with all its different parts would also lose its meaning. This addresses (a).

It is also not true that every believer has their particular gift maxed out. Quite often I see people with a particular gift, but they fall short in it. I suppose you could say that they aren’t really falling short, they just don’t realize it. You might also say that it applies at the church level, but again, you’d have to admit that it sure doesn’t seem to be true in many churches. This addresses (b).

Lastly, I can personally testify that some gifts are stronger that others in me, so I don’t think (c) is true either.

It IS true though that every believer is given one or more spiritual gift. No believer comes up lacking by not having a spiritual gift.

Hope this helps,

Jesse

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