This week Pastor Shaun is wrapping up chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians as he preaches the next to the last sermon in the series we have called, “ONE”. This week I want to draw your attention to Paul’s concluding thought in chapter 15 so that we can hear pastor Shaun’s sermon in a hindsight sort of way. In other words, I want to give you the conclusion first.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul states,
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)
Paul’s charge to the church of Corinth and to us is to be;
Steadfast- that is to be steady or dutifully firm.
Immovable- that is to be fixed, secure, and stable.
Abounding in the work of the Lord- that is to faithfully Herald the finished work of the resurrection; the gospel.
All the while we should maintain the knowledge that our heralding of the good news is not in vain- that is to say, “the message of the gospel will accomplish God’s purpose for eternity.”
This is Paul’s application to this long discourse regarding the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus seals the gospel work in us that God planned before the foundation of the world. The resurrection of Jesus seals the fact that one day we will be resurrected. The resurrection of Jesus guarantees that our labor to fulfill the Great Commission will absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, 100% be successful according to God’s will which he decreed in eternity past.
So, as you turn on the news, go on social media, or get into conversations that tempt you to believe this world is out of control, REMEMBER that God is in complete control, the gospel is going forth, and God’s plan will be carried out for eternity because of the resurrection of Jesus.