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Our theme this week is of God coming to visit his people. In 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 we read about the results of God’s visitation. What does happen when Jesus is among his people? His people are enriched (v. 5). The Word of God dwelling in us can change our speech. He changes our way of looking at the world, so as to adjust the way we use our knowledge. His message of resurrection and life strengthens us. The hope we have in eternity gives us an eagerness about his coming. Even while we are waiting, we find that we have all the spiritual gifts we need. Particularly, we find ourselves in fellowship with Jesus.
Our greater culture insinuates that Christians are of no use. We don’t always seem politically active, at least not in the ways which are approved by the majority political agenda. According to this passage, Christians certainly will not look at the world of politics as a savior. That isn’t going to be our ultimate hope. Our hope is found in the Lord of the resurrection.
Again, this doesn’t mean that we let all of creation fall apart and hurry it along its way. God has still called his people to be stewards of his creation. It just means that we will look to the one who can make us blameless. This is Jesus. As we live in fellowship with him, we can bring others along. He is, after all, the savior of the world.
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