Consider Your Calling

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Paul contrasted those who are perishing and those who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18). The difference was in their response to the word of the cross (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24). There are just these two groups – the perishing and the saved. We need to be sure we are in the right group.

Those Who Are Perishing

  • First, it’s important to note that God wants everyone to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), but not all will be (Matthew 7:13-14) – what Paul said is generally true (“not many…“)
  • Those who are wise according to the flesh – they place too high a value on the knowledge/wisdom of this world (cf. John 7:15; Acts 4:13); valuing the knowledge/wisdom of this world too highly can hinder faithfulness (Romans 1:20-23; 1 Timothy 6:20-21)
  • Those who are mighty – physical strength/health is good, but not of primary importance (1 Timothy 4:7-8); same with wealth (Ecclesiastes 7:12); self-reliance is good, but not to the exclusion of God (Revelation 3:17-18; Luke 12:16-19)
  • Those who are noble – emphasis on one’s ancestry; many take pride in this (cf. Philippians 3:4-5; 2 Corinthians 11:18, 22); this can also be a hindrance to following God (Matthew 3:7-9)

Those Who Are Being Saved

  • Remember, God doesn’t want us to perish, but to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) – we must change to avoid the way of the perishing
  • Those who seek after the wisdom from above (Proverbs 8:22-23, 32-36) – this wisdom is truly desirable (James 3:17); found by following God’s word (Proverbs 23:23)
  • Those who recognize their dependence upon God – every good thing is from God (James 1:17); we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)
  • Those who are born again (John 3:3-6; 1 Peter 1:23; Romans 6:3-4) – we must be baptized just as the Corinthians were (Acts 18:8); necessary for salvation (Mark 16:16)

The Fundamental Difference

  • The fundamental difference between the saved and the perishing is humility
  • God determined that salvation would be proclaimed through His word (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18) – those who reject His word will one day be put to shame (1 Corinthians 1:27); this is the opposite of what they want
  • Man often wants to, in some way, make himself seem more important – wrong attitude (Romans 12:3); futile to boast before God (1 Corinthians 1:29); also not to be arrogant and view others with contempt (1 Corinthians 4:6)
  • To be saved, we must have humility (1 Corinthians 1:31) – learn, believe, and do the will of the Lord; seek His wisdom, put your trust in Him, be born again

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