Monthly Archives: June 2011
“Babes in Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 1:31
Are you mourning, believer, because you are so weak in the divine life: because your faith is so little, your love so feeble? Cheer up, for you have cause for gratitude. Remember that in some things you are equal to the greatest and most full-grown Christian. You are as much bought with blood as he is. You are as much an adopted child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is the full-grown man. You are as completely justified, for your justification is not a thing of degrees: your little faith has made you clean every whit. You have as much right to the precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers, for your right to covenant mercies lies not in your growth, but in the covenant itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure, but the token of your inheritance in him. You are as rich as the richest, if not in enjoyment, yet in real possession. The smallest star that gleams is set in heaven; the faintest ray of light has affinity with the great orb of clay. In the family register of glory the small and the great are written with the same pen. You are as dear to your Father’s heart as the greatest in the family. Jesus is very tender over you. You are like the smoking flax; a rougher spirit would say, “put out that smoking flax, it fills the room with an offensive odour!” but the smoking flax he will not quench. You are like a bruised reed; and any less tender hand than that of the Chief Musician would tread upon you or throw you away, but he will never break the bruised reed. Instead of being downcast by reason of what you are, you should triumph in Christ. Am I but little in Israel? Yet in Christ I am made to sit in heavenly places. Am I poor in faith? Still in Jesus I am heir of all things. Though “less than nothing I can boast, and vanity confess” yet, if the root of the matter be in me I will rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the God of my salvation.
C.H. Spurgeon Morning & Evening, Morning, October 19
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Boasting Only in the Lord
26 Brothers, consider your calling: not many are wise from a human perspective, [a] not many powerful, (A) not many of noble birth. 27 Instead, God has chosen (B) the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the strong. 28 God has chosen the world’s insignificant and despised things (C) —the things viewed as nothing—so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something, 29 so that no one [b] can boast in His presence. (D)30 But from Him you are in Christ Jesus, who for us became wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, (E) sanctification, (F) and redemption, (G)31 in order that, as it is written: (H) The one who boasts must boast in the Lord. (I)(J)
a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.