May 15, 2019
In 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, the apostle Paul reminds his readers of their privileged position as God’s chosen people, but he also reminds them that it had nothing to do with them. In other words, God had not chosen them because they deserved it. They had not earned His favor or worked their way into His good graces. Paul describes them as having been weak, foolish, low, and despised. It was because of Christ that they had access into God’s presence. Their faith in Christ was the sole reason they enjoyed a right standing with God. There was no reason for them to boast in their own merit. Their right to come into God’s presence was because they had received the righteousness of Christ.