“Now you have every grace and blessing; every spiritual gift and power for doing His will are yours during the time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:7).
The above passage is part of Paul’s introduction in his letter to the church in Corinth. A church full of dysfunction, false teaching, sexual immorality and more. In addition, the congregation is being torn apart by infighting. Much of what is happening is influenced by their culture since Corinth was known for its immorality.
You might be thinking Paul may as well be writing to the church today,
That is exactly the point. Just like Satan temps Eve by getting her to doubt God, the church in Corinth is looking for salvation by way of man instead of Jesus Christ. Paul reminds them the message of the cross is mighty and powerful when preached in its simplicity. The philosophies of these “wise men, these scholars, these brilliant debaters of the worlds great affairs” (1:20) are nonsense. The world will “never find God through human brilliance” (1:21). Paul wants the believers in Corinth to grasp the fact that through the Holy Spirit they have everything they need to do the will of God. And so do you.
Has your life become complicated?
Has the Covid crisis, political upheaval, financial uncertainty, or persecution caused you to doubt whether God is really in control? Have you allowed others to sway your opinion of who God is? Have you allowed false teaching to infiltrate your church? Has the fear of man caused you to compromise your values? “Satan, the ruler of this world” (John 12:31) will do anything to get you to doubt God’s goodness. He has “blinded the minds of those who don’t believe in the Gospel” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Therefore, we know the world is full of evil and it will only increase as Satan’s time of torment decreases.
Just because the world is temporarily on loan to Satan does not mean he has any power over you. Jesus overcame the world by defeating death (evil). He sent His Holy Spirit as a deposit in the heart of all believers, which means through Jesus, we have overcome the world too. The church of Corinth was caught up in the world. We know who was orchestrating their dysfunction just as we know who is orchestrating it today.
When confusion and fear entrench you know that the enemy is working overtime to draw you into his web. This is when it’s time to go back to the simplicity of the Gospel: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It is in and through Him and no one else that we are overcomers:
“For God has already given you everything you need…He has given you the whole world to use, and life and even death are your servants. He has given you all of the present and all off the future. All are yours, and you belong to Christ, and Christ is God’s” (3:21-23).