Summary: 2 of 2. Paul guided the Corinthian church to properly ascribe glory to God. Only the church has a proper regard for God. When is God properly regarded? (Proper)Regard for God is resolved thru validating Our...
REGARDING GOD-II—1Corinthians 1:26-31
Nice 1 Percenter Boyfriend
One night a teenage girl(Barbara) brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, & they were appalled by his appearance: drove up on a trashed out Harley, which they could hear thruout the neighborhood long before he arrived. He sported a WWI style German army helmet complete with a spike on top & a German ‘iron cross’ emblazoned on the front & back. He had two Swastika tattoos, one on each forearm, & a chain attached to his ear on one side & connected to the same side of his nose. He gets off the Harley hangs his helmet on the three pronged ‘devil’s pitchfork’ backrest. Without introducing himself, & with a smug attitude & tone, he says, ‘I’m here for Barb, will you tell her I’m here?’
Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside & confessed their concern. "Dear," said the mother diplomatically, "he doesn't seem very nice."
"Oh please, Mom," replied the daughter, "if he wasn't nice, why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?"
We must have a proper regard for the reality of our situation!
Also read the 'Church Covenant'—
—We can mimic behaviors without regarding God!
To Glory=To take great pride or pleasure in.
Paul guided the Corinthian church to properly ascribe glory to God.
Paul guided the Corinthian church in their regard for God.
Only the church properly ascribes glory to God.
Only the church has a proper regard for God.
*When is God properly regarded?
How is God properly regarded?
5 recognitions properly regarding God.
Previously we had found that one’s,
Regard for God is resolved thru validating Our...
1. COMPANY We Keep(:26)
2. POWER We Wield(:27-28)
3—Regard for God is resolved thru validating...
:29—“that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
Thru such Divine nullification of flesh-driven reality, there remains absolutely “no flesh” which can boast in God’s “presence.”
Seeing as the world’s cleverly devised & confusing ‘salvations’ are actually discounted by God, there is no possibility that they will be able to stand boldly before God if they remain in them & reject the salvation of God.
Whereas the believer/Christian, even in his/her flesh, can & is encouraged to approach God boldly!
Heb. 4:15-16—“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy & find grace to help in time of need.”
“Glory/Boast”(See :31)—kaucaomai—1) To glory (whether with reason or without); 2) To glory on account of a thing; 3) To glory in a thing. Strong—from some (obsolete)base akin to that of aucew(to boast) & eucomai[to wish]; To vaunt(in a good or a bad sense).
Eph. 2:8-9—“For by grace you have been saved through faith, & that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast[kaucaomai].”