All Things Belong to You

All Things Belong to YouText: 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

We have been abundantly blessed by God. Paul emphasized this in our text – “all things belong to you.” But what does this mean? To answer that, we need to look at what he said and what is in the context.

The Context Is About Not Boasting

  • In one’s own wisdom (1 Corinthians 3:18-20) – the gospel is foolishness to the “wise” of the world (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
  • In men (1 Corinthians 3:21) – Paul already warned of this (1 Corinthians 1:12); sign of being carnally-minded (1 Corinthians 3:4)
  • So what does this have to do with Paul’s point? – God gives every good thing/everything we need; there is nothing to be gained by seeking after wisdom which leads us away from God (1 Corinthians 1:21); there is no reason to seek to follow men because this leads us to become arrogant for our “party” (1 Corinthians 4:6)

What Belongs to Us

  • Paul, Apollos, Cephas – those who proclaim the gospel; we do not belong to them (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:12-13; 3:4); instead, they are bondservants for Christ’s sake (1 Corinthians 3:5-6; 2 Corinthians 4:5)
  • The world – the things that God has created of a physical nature; man is head over God’s creation (Genesis 1:26, 28); God blesses us with every good thing (James 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:17); His providence in the natural world endures (Genesis 8:22; Acts 14:17)
  • Life – life is given to us by God (Acts 17:25); we are free to choose how we live our lives (Joshua 24:15); however, life is uncertain (James 4:13-15); therefore, we must recognize that each day is a gift
  • Death – this is not typically something we want to have, but it belongs to us regardless (Hebrews 9:27); for the Christian, death means we gain something better (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14; Revelation 14:13); we should not fear death as the world does (Matthew 10:28; Philippians 1:21)
  • Things present – what we have access to now; the word (1 Peter 2:2; Acts 20:32), the church (1 Timothy 3:15), our brethren (Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25), temporal blessings (1 Timothy 6:17-18), opportunities for growth and service (Philippians 1:22; 1 Peter 4:1-2)
  • Things to come – what we hope to gain after this life is over; the presence of the Lord (Philippians 1:23), the eternal kingdom (2 Peter 1:11), all the saints of all the ages (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), eternal blessings (Revelation 21:4; 22:1-5), the ability to gather around the throne of God and praise Him forevermore (Revelation 7:9-17)

We Belong to Christ

  • Collectively, the church belongs to Him (1 Corinthians 3:16) – He bought it (Acts 20:28)
  • Individually, we belong to Him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) – He redeemed us (1 Peter 1:18-19)
  • Therefore, what belongs to us is to be used for His honor and glory, according to His will

Conclusion

  • God has provided us with every good thing
  • Therefore, let us use everything He has given us to serve and glorify Him

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