Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

1 Corinthians Day 116 - Curses

16:19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Some interesting facts to point out as Paul ends his letter. He only writes the greeting at the end personally and dictates the rest. The churches, many of them at least, meet in homes. Everyone apparently kissed each other in greeting. It reminds me of an encounter at the mall between by dad and my French teacher. English Canadians of British descent greet with a handshake. French Canadians greet with a kiss on each cheek. I was at the mall with my dad (a truly rare occurrence) and I saw my teacher so I took my dad over and introduced him. He stuck his hand out to shake hers just as she leaned in to kiss his cheeks and he punched her right in the stomach. Not hard but it was funny enough that I still remember it three decades later. ;)

Now back to something a little more important. Paul wrote "Anyone who doesn't love the Lord Jesus Christ let him be accursed." Sounds harsh. Mean even. 

Before we get too judgemental let's consider the facts. This letter is a private letter to the believers in Corinth, not a public service announcement. What he is really addressing is the reality that there are some in the church claiming to be His who do not love Him. He is addressing the Judas' in the church. Is he pronouncing a curse on them? Absolutely not. He is describing their reality. Did Jesus ever curse Judas? On the contrary He lived him fully and equally with the other eleven right to the end. So complete was His love that even after pointing out Judas as the betrayer with the words "What you are doing, do quickly" they assumed He was sending Judas to get something. They had no idea.

Sin is it's own curse. God never curses anyone. When this war between good and evil is over every lost person from Satan on down to humans will bow the knee and confess God did everything He could have done and more. They will admit their rebellion was groundless and completely their doing. Cursed by their own choices. Truly it is the worst curse to flirt with Jesus and walk among His followers yet refuse to give your heart to Him. 

Love wins. Let Him win you. 

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