I Corinthians 15-16: Holding to the Agreement

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received,

in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

I Corinthians 15:1-2, ESV

 

I was a real estate appraiser for over a dozen years prior to preaching full time. And while I have had the privilege of preaching for over 25 years since that time, there are several lessons I learned from my appraising years that have always stayed with me. One of those lessons is that a contract, if written well, is there to protect and benefit both parties. But in order to receive these benefits, both sides must hold to the agreement.

 

This is one of the things I love about serving God. We never have to worry about Him keeping His part of the agreement (covenant) for His Word is written to both benefit and protect us because He loves us.

 

At the close of his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul reminds all Christians of the Gospel (the Good News of Jesus) that he has preached. He reminds us that those who accept the Gospel are to remain steadfast in it, for it is by this Gospel that we are saved. Otherwise, he assures us through the inspiration of God, we have believed in vain.

 

In plain language, we need to hold to our side of the agreement.

 

Are you? If so you know what peace and joy can be had for those who love the Lord.

 

The reading for the next two days is from the final two chapters of I Corinthians. They not only remind us of the agreement, but provide encouragement and promise to those who will remain true to the end.