1 Corinthians 2:9 says: ‘But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.’ Martin Rossol took us on a little exploration of just what these ‘unimaginable’ things might be; and then how we might be encouraged by them!
The Holy Spirit plays a much more open, visible role in the New Testament as opposed to the Old. The Holy Spirit is key in regeneration- bringing to life the spiritually dead part of people. He is also involved in changing a follower of Jesus to more and more exhibit traits that mirror or reflect the character of a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
In this time of uncertainty, many want to get regain some of those things we have counted on; something stable. Martin Rossol suggests that because Jesus rose from the dead, that those who believe in Jesus have some things in their lives that are very secure, and which should be of great benefit.
In the passage under consideration today, St Paul likens pastoring similar to parenting. And St Paul has concerns about his “spiritual children”. They are drifting from how he thought he had taught them, and now he is trying to challenge them to “come back” to what they should know.
The sermon today is about serving. It is about being a good steward; about stewardship. And that especially for leaders. Of all human beings, Jesus was the one more in a position to be served than anyone, yet he exemplified what “serving” is really all about.
Yes, while Jesus followers are called to build, more critical is on what we build. And the foundation of Jesus Christ is super fundamental.
Think you have it all down pat? All grown up? That’s what the believers in Corinth thought as well. Ooo, it must have be a tough few paragraphs when they read St Paul’s letter.
Temptation. Something we all deal with. Pastor Jim’s sermon based on this one verse was an eye-opener. Make sure you listen.