(1 Corinthians 16:13-24) – “Our Lord come!!”
This is the final part of a long and involved letter. You can imagine that this church had a lot to take in when they first received it.
The loose ends are tied together by the overarching encouragement in verse 14.
“Let all that you do be done in love.”
If the church would understand this point, the other matters would seem to fall in place.
But, a good leader doesn’t leave their people with good principles alone, they also provide a more thorough understanding of those principles by offering practical steps.
But Paul knew that even with all these good teachings, the church in Corinth would still experience a tough time because their environment was so anti-God.
So he begs for the Lord to come!
Paul’s view is twofold. He sees the church as having a mission to the lost wherein they must be committed.
But he also sees them as little children, belonging to God and being assaulted by the world, the flesh, and the devil.
It’s a tough place to be in…You love the people in the world and desire for them to know the Lord, but it would be so awesome for Jesus to come back.
So we do our best and trust God to equip us and get us through. It’s all His grace and it’s all about Him!