I THANK MY GOD ALWAYS ON YOUR BEHALF

1Co 1:4 – 6  “I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: . . .”

It is becoming of us to thank God continually that He has worked His marvelous power in the hearts of His people, and that we see the evidence of His guidance in their daily lives. Notice, we are to thank God on their behalf. Thanking God for His influence in our own lives is good. Being called to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is also needful to have a thankful heart toward God for the grace He has placed in the lives of those around us. In doing so, we remind them (and us) that it is a gift bestowed upon them. We also need to call attention to the fact that Jesus Christ is the only avenue for this gift of grace (“given you by Jesus Christ”). How wonderful to consider that our Risen Redeemer is the direct channel of this wonderful influence in our lives!

There is great power in the understanding that, by this grace, He enriches our lives in “every thing.” The whole of our experience, when viewed through the grace of God, is to make us wealthy (“enriched”). Not wealthy in this worlds goods, but rich in our communication with each other (“all utterance”) and in the act of knowing (“all knowledge”). In this verse, utterance and knowledge carry the idea of ACTION and ENGAGEMENT with our Lord and with each other. The catalyst for our involvement is the fact that the evidence (“testimony”) of Christ is established in us! 2Co 4:10  “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”

May God magnify our Lord Jesus Christ in us that we may happily be the evidence that He lives!

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