Christopher B. Harbin
1st Corinthians 15:3-11
A healthy perception of our identity, dignity, and worth is hard to come by. We hear so many messages that we are the center of the universe as consumers, and then we hear that only certain classes of people are of real importance. Commercial propaganda wants to make all of us feel as though the only thing that really matters in the individual's wants and desires. We all should be beautiful, wealthy, famous and successful. Then we see that only a handful of people qualify to project the image of what success means. It becomes difficult to determine our true worth and value. For some of us, worth is an issue in which we fail to measure up to expectations placed upon us. For others of us, we tend to think more of ourselves than we ought. What should we use as a faithful guideline to assess our worth?
Paul wrote this Corinthian correspondence to a group of folks we would like to consider as very unworthy of his attention. They were fighting among themselves over all sorts of issues. They were as far from embodying the gospel as people outside the gospel would have been. They bickered over issues of worth, standing, and importance in the same manner as the society all around them. Some of them seem to have accepted being placed in categories of lower rank. Others were vying to find themselves in those higher categories of worth. They struggled to make sure definitions of value placed them in those categories of superiority.
When Paul addresses worth, however, he turns to the bedrock issue of corporate unworthiness. He reminded them that there was a reason that Christ Jesus came into this world and died. He died in the main due to two issues. First of all, his death declared that God loves us, every one. Secondly, Jesus died due to the face that not one of us is worthy of God's attention. We are all unworthy, because of our sin, turning against God in rebellion. We choose to li ...
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