Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wherein Ye Stand

              In our verses from 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 quoted below, we read that Paul is reminding us of what we have been taught.  He wants us to know that he had received what he taught, and through that teaching, “wherein ye stand,” is the same teaching as through the Holy Spirit, “ye are saved.
              The part I want to discuss is “wherein ye stand,” and have us look at our own individual “walk and our talk.
            God intends that we as Christians are to be a peculiar people.  Why are we to be “peculiar?”  Because, we as Christians are chosen by Him as “a royal priesthood.  We are to “shew forth” “praises of him” in all that we do.

1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

The last time you were at the Mall or Waaaaaal-Mart, or any other public facility, did you “shew [show] forth” “His praises?”  Did your walk [appearance] show others that Christ lives within you?  What about the “chewing out” you gave the clerk that overcharged you?  Is your talk “praises of him?”
              If you find you are not as you ought to be, are you living in vain?  What are your goals for your life?  If after searching your heart, do you find you are less “peculiar” and more secular [worldly] in your living?  If so, then it is time to give your salvation a check up, move your living, and your “walk and talk” back to God.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

              As a Christian, [a person, who has accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour through His Gospel,] you must go to Him and repent of your lifestyle.  You must work to adjust yourself, through the transforming of your mind, by deciding, [making a decision] that you want to be within that “perfect, will of God.  Then, and only then can you ever hope to be the “peculiar” person God wants you to be. 
              So Christian, “wherein ye stand” before God?  Are you His servant or the servant of the world?  It is your decision.  So what are you going to do?

Bro John R. E Chastain

1 Corinthians 15:1-4  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  (2)  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  (3)  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  (4)  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  

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