Paul’s Advice to the Corinthians
Introduction. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14). For a few moments
let’s focus on the admonitions given in verse 13.
(vs. 13a). What must Christians watch for?
A. Jesus’ teachings on
1. His coming (Matthew 24:36-44).
2. For temptations (Matthew
3. For persecutions (Mark 13:9).
teachings on watchfulness (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10).
C. The “watchman
for the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 33:1-10).
II. “Stand Fast In The
Faith” (vs. 13b).
Jesus’ asked the question “…when
the Son of Man comes will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).
The longer a Christian
lives the more he or she will see examples of those who have not maintained
their faith. The Parable of the Sower which Christ tells in all three of the
synoptic gospels perhaps explains why this is:
A. Some hear
the word but Satan snatches it from their hearts - Luke 8:12 Does Satan
exercise some supernatural control over the human heart?
1. The heart
of the believer and unbeliever (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). This must be
understood to mean that God allows them to receive a delusion; James 1:13
teaches that God tempts no one.
There were times when
God allowed demons to control the will of people whom they possessed (Demon possessed
man: Mark 5:1-20). Does this continue to the present?
limits (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:1-3).
When we choose to do
the will of Satan we are in a sense under his control. As 2 Timothy 2:26
receive the word but fall away quickly when tempted (Luke 8:13).
It is vitally
important that the new convert become deeply rooted in their faith. This
involves growing in the knowledge of the word, reshaping their deeds and their
thoughts and cultivating associations that are edifying. Without this one will
not have the resources needed to conquer temptation.
C. Some allow the word to be choked by cares, riches and pleasures (Luke
offers a way to conquer each of the obstacles mentioned here.
1. Cares. Should be conquered with the realization of the Lord’s
care and presence in our lives (Matthew 6:25-34; Hebrews 13:5).
2. Riches. Should be rejected with contentment with life’s
necessities (1 Timothy 6:6-10).
3. Pleasures. Must be resisted with the realization that they are
temporary, and that eternal pleasures await the righteous (Hebrews 11:25;
“Be Brave, Be Strong” (vs. 13).
A. The fate of
the cowardly (Revelation 21:7-8).
1. True fear (Matthew 10:27-31; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
B. The strength of the faithful (Ephesians 6:10-16; 1 John 4:4).
Let us all strive to follow this same advice in our life. Let us watch (for the
Lord’s coming. temptation & trial). Let us be steadfast in our faith. Let
us be brave and strong (in resisting evil and standing up for what is right).