What is Expected (I Corinthians 15)

 27 For “God[c] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. I Corinthians 15:27

I thought it was a very fair question, but the person seemed offended by the question.  I wonder, would you be offended by the question?  I guess, before I can ask you if you would be offended by the question, I need to share the question.

                                          “What does God expect from you?”

Did the question offend you?  The church Paul was writing probably was offended by parts of what he wrote.  But in the chapter before us, they certainly would have been offended if they did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus.

As Paul walks us through his proof text of why we must believe there is a resurrection, he includes teaching concerning the Second-Coming of Jesus.

24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

As I read these words, I started to write down my expectations about the Second-Coming:

  1. Jesus will return to the earth in visible form (He was resurrected).
  2. Jesus will establish His kingdom.
  3. Jesus will destroy Satan and his kingdom.
  4. Jesus will destroy our last enemy, death.

Those expectations give us a Segway into God’s expectations for our lives:

  1. We are to die daily to ourselves, 15:31.
  2. We are to be steadfast in our walk with God, 15:58
  3. We are to be immovable in our walk with God, 15:58
  4. We are always be abounding in our walk with God, 15:58

Here is verse 58 in the New Living Translation:

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

God’s expectations never change.  He always wants us to be enthusiastically moving forward in our walk with Him knowing the best is yet to come.

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