1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (New Living Translation)
I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.
when we say that we are praying for you what that means is yes we are praying for you! Come pray with us! We are familiar and greatly appreciate you and your gifts God has given you now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.
1 Corinthians 1:4
“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;”
King James Version (KJV)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
The apostle Paul was amazing. He is writing one of the most problematic churches and yet finds reasons to give thanks for them. First, he is thankful for them because Jesus died for them. When God extends his grace to others, how can we not do the same? Second, he recognizes the areas of their abuse are also a reason to give thanks — they may have distorted it, but when reigned in to honor God, these gifts could bless their church. Even though he has tough words to follow, Paul’s example reminds us that a child of God is something to be cherished, even if that child has problems.
Gracious Father, give me the heart to see reasons to be thankful for all of your children. I confess that it is often so easy for me to view others based on how they view me, share my theological opinions, or how much trouble they cause me. Forgive me, for I know if you had done the same with me, I would have never been one of your children. Please help me rejoice in your children. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
What does 1 Corinthians 1:4 mean?
Paul begins his letter to this troubled church with some remarkably positive words for them. These are also encouraging for all of us who are Christians. This opening is even more striking because of the bold words of correction Paul will use later. He is writing to respond to wrong behaviors and attitudes he has heard about among them. At the same time, he seeks to answer their questions about how to live as believers in a godless culture.
Paul starts, though, by declaring that his first thought when the believers of Corinth come to mind is to thank God for them. He does this “always,” meaning regularly and continually. He expresses that he is truly grateful to God for these people he spent so much time with. Next Paul describes why he is so grateful for them. First, he gives thanks because they have been given grace from God in Christ Jesus. In other words, God has already welcomed them into His family and given them a place with Him in eternity because they came to Him through faith in Christ.
Neither we nor the Corinthians deserve that enormous gift. We have earned quite the opposite with our sin and, in many ways, we continue to fail to live up to the good God has given to us. Paul is so glad for the grace they have received, even as they continue to fail to do what is right in some important ways.
First Corinthians 1:4–9 is about God’s grace to the Corinthians. Before beginning to address problems in the church, Paul first declares his thanks to God for the people. Specifically, he is thankful for God’s grace and the good gifts God has given to them. Those gifts confirm that the Corinthians are truly in Christ. This means Christ will sustain them all the way to the end. Because they are in Christ who has paid for their sin with His blood, they will stand blameless before God on the day of the Lord.
Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth begins with thanks for the great and powerful gifts God has given to them by His grace and through their faith in Christ. They will stand blameless before God in the end. Right now, though, they must stop dividing themselves according to which Christian teacher they follow and become unified in and around Christ. The gospel message of Christ’s death on the cross is weak and foolish to the world, but God has given faith in Christ to those who believe it and find God’s power and wisdom
What Does 1 Corinthians 1:2 Mean? ►
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
1 Corinthians 1:2(NASB)
This verse was not only a blessing to the believers at Corinth but to all Christians, but to all who have been saved by grace through faith. This truth is a blessing to all who have been born from above – to all who are part of the Church of God, for this verse reminds us that ALL Christian are sanctified in Christ. All are saints of God and set apart unto Him, for we are all united with Christ, and all are positionally set apart in Him.
Oh, we are certainly being sanctified in this life as we grow in grace and mature in the faith, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, but even this group, whom we discover to be the most carnal Christians in the new Testament, have been sanctified in Christ Jesus and set apart unto God.
When we recognise what amazing grace the Lord is showing to this group of unspiritual Christian who were engaging in such ungodly pursuits and divisive arguments, it should cause us to humble ourselves before our long-suffering Father, Who demonstrates equal grace and patience towards every one of His children.
Should we not seek day by day to willingly submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and seek to live godly in Christ Jesus, as we grow in grace?
Should we not humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cry out for Him to search our hearts and test our thoughts and identify any offensive behaviour in our lives, knowing that by His grace He has set us all apart for His good purpose, so that in His strength we may complete the good work that He foreordained that we should walk in?
Heavenly Father, search me I pray and identify any area in my life that is not pleasing to You and may I live godly in Christ Jesus and in submissive obedience to Your Holy Spirit. I pray that I may fulfil all that You would have me to do in my life, to Your praise and glory, this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN
What Does 1 Corinthians 1:5 Mean? ►
that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge–
1 Corinthians 1:5(ESV)
The little words every and all seem so insignificant and yet what a tremendous reach they have in our lives and what joy should fill our hearts knowing that in EVERY way we are enriched in Jesus, not only in a few or some or many ways – but in every way. And we are not only enriched in every way but as if to garner our attention we are reminded that Christ’s enrichment covers ALL speech and ALL knowledge! We are not only enriched in every way in Christ, but His super-abundant enrichment and favour includes all utterance and all knowledge.
The indwelling holy Spirit has been sent to enrich us by guiding us into all truth relative to sound doctrine; salvation; sanctification; glorification and all that streams from the amazing grace of God. And it is the same holy Spirit that opens our understanding to the magnificent character of God that is beyond understanding and yet is being opened up to us more and more, as we seek to know Him better.
No wonder Paul could rejoice that in every way we are enriched in Him in all speech and understanding – which is being continuously showered upon us all in great profusion and which stands as a testimony that Christ is confirmed in us.
Every child of God that has been born from above and placed into the body of Christ by the Spirit is equally enriched and knowing the superabundant riches of God’s gracious enrichment should we not walk in utter devotion to the God – who has so blessed us? Should not we, who have been rescued from the jaws of sin and death – live and walk in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to our holy God.
Should not we, who have been accepted in the beloved and been made children of God – walk in the spirit of unity, one with the other and show forth His grace within us to others?
Should not we who have been enriched in every way in Him, in all utterance and knowledge – show forth the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the holy Spirit in our lives from this day forward and henceforth for every more?
Loving Father, thank You for enriching me is all possible ways ways in Christ Jesus my Lord. I pray that I may live in a way pleasing to You in all speech and activity, so that Your name is glorified in my life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.