1 Corinthians:1 “…called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ…”
Some have suggested that Paul was the one selected by God to replace Judas from the original twelve. Not much is heard of Matthias in relation to the others, and Paul seems to get more attention in the New Testament. Certainly God chose Paul as one of His apostles, but I don’t see any evidence to suggest that he was a replacement for Judas. Matthias was chosen after prayer and by casting lots which is controlled by God. God certainly blessed Paul with talents and abilities which he used for God’s glory, and he lived his life for Christ with no hesitation.
2 “…called to be saints…”
True saints are no more than saved believers. Part of being sanctified or set apart. No miracles required.
10 “…perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment”
Unity is only achieved when those involved are reaching for the same thing. It’s not about respecting diverse opinions, but searching for the truth from above, that is outside of self.
12 “…“I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.””
Each starts with I. Self.
17 “…not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect”
I worry too much about having a wise argument for anyone with whom I discuss spiritual things. I make two mistakes. I think too much of my wisdom instead of relying on God to reveal Himself through me, and I neglect the simple message of the cross which alone has the power to break down walls which intelligent words will never touch.
18 “…the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”
25 “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
When we are weak, He is shown strong. By being weak, we can clearly see that we could have nothing to do with what is accomplished. Therefore, it has to be all Him. And He can do and go so much further than we can possibly think if we’ll only get out of the way.
29 “that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
31 “…He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.