1 Corinthians 4.10-15 – The one unalterable faith.
Posted: 17 July 2012 in 1 Corinthians

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

Paul is sometimes accused of being a bully because of his forceful manner in insisting that his converts abide by what he has taught them. But he, like the author of Jude, knew that there was a faith, once delivered to the saints, and no man could add or subtract from it. He it was who, on the road to Damascus, had received a divine commision to teach that faith. We, of course, do not have the services of an apostle to instruct us in the way of faith, but we do have the Bible, and we too must abide by the faith once delivered to the saints.

In this consumer driven society, being told that this is THE way, and it is not up for customisationn, is even less popular than it was in the first century. But God does not even try to be fashionable. When he speaks it has more to do with truth, and with his eternal will.

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