Posts Tagged ‘Raised’


2 Corinthians 5:13-15, 17, 21
If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!… God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

A few weeks back, the youth pastor in our church shared God’s word and the theme of his message was ‘Acting Crazy’! Yes, you read it right and I kid you not. He and a team of youth had just returned from Costa Rica where they went to paint and fix up a church in a remote village and then make a kids park near the village soccer field. Nothing too overt and yet a big deal for the young men and women who went along for whom the reality of life in a developing country was an eye-opener. His point was that in our new God transformed selves, we are called to be ambassadors of Christ and we should try to be different from the broken world, whether in word or deed. Is that what Paul is also saying here?

As a Christian, one of the challenges we face is to convince people that we are not of this world. Anyone who cannot understand what we are saying laughs at our beliefs because we look, act and react like anyone else. I was a mocker once but now after I realized what Christ’s death and sacrifice meant to me, I am the mocked and I praise God for it. The question we need to ask is are we living in the world as a part of it or walking against the tide? If we are one with the world and call ourselves transformed or ambassadors for Christ, anyone would laugh, but when we stand up for our faith and live for Christ and not for the world, the world sees the difference. Many will mock and taunt us but our God sees and uses our lives to touch the many needy around. We count it joy to die to the world and to live for Christ! Let’s stand up and celebrate the one who died for us and saved us from death.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.


1 Corinthians 6:12-14
“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

Paul writes to the body of believers who are part of the church in Corinth and what he wrote them holds good even today. The church in Corinth was torn in a multitude of ways and today Paul addresses 2 key issues, lawsuits among believers and sexual immorality. With respect to lawsuits between believers, he recommends we take our disputes with believers to other believers in the church and present it for their judgment before we go to the courts of the land. This is because God gives us wisdom and will help us resolve such matters internally instead of taking it out to courts of unbelievers who will question our own beliefs. The next topic is sexual immorality and it seems that followers in the church then did not see an issue with sexual immorality. Even today, many believers are plagued by this sin that destroys families, homes and makes the unbelievers question the very foundation of our faith.

As humans, we have the freedom to choose and this is why Paul says everything is permissible to me but not beneficial. We are not controlled by anything and therefore in this freedom we revel but because of our brokenness we live and dwell in sin. As believers, our bodies are bought with a price, Jesus’s own blood shed on the cross of calvary, and because the Holy Spirit resides in us, our bodies are the temple of God. Any sin we commit with our bodies as believers is directly a sin against God and this is not acceptable to God. We therefore have to be good custodians of our bodies and Paul warns us severely against sexual immorality. I pray that God will protect us as His children from falling into the sins of the Corinthian believers and keep us faithful till the end.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy