Selwyn continues to explore the verse we looked at yesterday: ‘in Christ you have been enriched in every way’ (1 Corinthians 1:5). He starts today’s study, by saying: “That means that everything Jesus touches He enriches, in this life as well as in the life hereafter. The spirit is enriched, the soul is enriched, the body is enriched.”
And, the best part for me, was Selwyn’s conclusion: “Our spirits, souls and bodies were made for Christ, and when we live in Him everything is enriched. Everything.”
I’ve added a few verses, to those set by Selwyn for reading and meditation, 2 Corinthians 9:5-15 (NIV), Paul is addressing the Corinthians in regard to the collection of money for the distressed Christians in Jerusalem: “So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way (rich in every type of spiritual gift) so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
[I thought that a note in my NIV study bible, on the last verse (above), to be worth including here:“Indescribable gift: God’s own Son. God is the first giver; he first selflessly gives himself to us in the person of his Son, and all true Christian giving is our response of gratitude for this gift that is beyond description.”]
These days, I don’t talk much about Shayne McCusker’s conversion experience (March 1991); mainly, because many evangelical Christians are suspicious of personal experiences, pentecostal people make too much of them; and non-Christians cannot believe, and just get angry and think you are mentally ill. 🙂
However, one of the lasting impressions I have of that experience, is the feeling that ‘everything was perfect’, within the presence of my Lord, and my God. My mind, body, and spirit briefly experienced what it is like to be without imperfections – when everything I am (as created by God), is seen in the light of Christ. It was a foretaste of what it will be like after I die; this experience completely removed, forever, any fear of death – from a spiritual perspective. Now, and then, of course – the physical pain that might be momentarily suffered – does cause some fleeting worries, at times. Still a frail human, this side of the grave. 🙂