God’s Grace as the Fuel of Thanksgiving

Posted: March 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

Monday I will share with some guys at the seminary some things I’ve seen and savored from 1 Corinthians 1:4–9. In short, Paul is able to give thanks to God for the Corinthians because of the grace of God that they have been given in Christ. Thus, God’s grace fuels Paul’s thanksgiving.

Here is my attempt to trace the argument found in these five verses:

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Let me explain:

First, Paul gives thanks (vs. 4a). This is a bit surprising given the mess the Corinthian congregation is in.

Second, vs. 4b through vs. 9 gives us the ground (G) for Paul’s thanksgiving. Paul can give thanks because God has been gracious in the past (vs. 4b–6). This past grace has resulted in present gifts of grace (vs. 7). Past and present grace give rise to hope in future grace (vs. 8).

Third, this recounting of past, present, and future grace leads to Paul’s doxological conclusion: God is faithful (vs.9).

Thus, God’s grace (past, present, future) fuels the fires of Paul’s thanksgiving even in the midst of a mess.


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