1 Corinthians 1:1-17; unity expanded…a common experience of grace

As we continue to break down 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 we move from the first focus of unity, a common sanctification to its second focus of unity, our common experience of grace.  While sanctification reminds us we are all in this spiritual growing process together, slipping, falling and succeeding in God’s power and forgiveness, verses 4-9 show us how grace binds us also.  Paul reminds the Corinthian church that “grace was given to you” in order to produce “enrichment in Him in all speech and knowledge”.  This grace produces giftedness, anticipation and a calling into fellowship with His Son.  What does this mean for us as we bump elbows with our brothers and sisters in our church fellowships?  At least in part it means that because we were all “commonly” in desperate need of God’s renewal in our lives, our individual gift of renewal from Him as we enter a faith relationship with Him (our “in-common” experience of grace) empowers and awakens unique abilities  in each (and all) of us to reach out and encourage our churches (see also 2 Cor 1).

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