Paul tells the Corinthians that he delivered to them “as of first importance” what he himself had also received: the facts of the Gospel message. First, Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; next, that Jesus was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. Then, the risen Savior appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve, and also to more than five hundred brothers at once (most of whom were alive at the time of the writing of his epistle). Paul finishes his “fact sheet” by saying the Lord appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and finally to himself, “as to one untimely born.” Paul considered himself to be the “least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” Yet God’s grace overcame his rebellion, causing him to work harder than all the other apostles for Christ’s mission.
Truly, the Gospel of salvation and the resurrection of Jesus are intimately connected. Because Jesus lives, we know that he paid our penalty, that God has accepted his sacrifice, and that our hope is real. This is the Gospel that we received, and in which we stand.
Jesus of Nazareth entrusted to the Apostles a good deposit of faith that the church receives, guards, and passes down.
Paul testified that he declared to the Corinthians “as of first importance” the very things that he himself had received concerning Jesus of Nazareth. This is the meaning of the credal statement that we believe in the “apostolic church.” Our faith rests squarely on the confession of the apostles, eyewitnesses of Jesus’s majesty and suffering.
Thank you, dear Savior, for the testimony of your apostles, your chosen eyewitnesses who walked with you and bore truthful testimony of what you did and what it means for the world. We cling to their testimony and declarations, by faith, and know all they said about you is true. Amen.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
Romans 12:1 suggests worship is living in a mindset of surrender to God’s will. Such a mindset will allow work itself to be an act of worship. As workplace priests, we understand that ultimately our accountability is to God and thus we always strive to act in ways that please and glorify God at all times . . . no matter what we do and no matter if anyone is watching or not. . . . It does not matter if we clean toilets or lead a Fortune 500 company—either way, work can be, but is not automatically, worship. It depends on our attitude. For work to be worship we need to realign our attitude towards work so that it is consistent with God’s vision of work.
~ Scott Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work: A Theology and Practice for Ordinary Saints. Eugene OR: Resource Publications, 2017. pp. 38-39.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Enter the Priesthood of All Believers, 1 Peter 2.4-10
Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work