Sunday, June 1, 2014
Define Your Way Through It
But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
I Corinthians 15:57-58
Okay, so today we are going to do a little dictionary study of the above verses:
thanks - to express gratitude, appreciation or acknowledgement to
God, - the Creator and Ruler of the universe (yes, the dictionary actually says that!)
gives - to present voluntarily and without compensation (hmmm…interesting…)
us - (believers)
victory - success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war
through - from one to another
our - possessive
Lord - a person who has control, authority or power over others
Christ. - Messiah
Therefore, - as a consequence (of the victory given to us)
beloved - greatly loved, dear to the heart
brethren, - family
steadfast, - fixed in direction, firm in purpose, unwavering
immovable, - incapable of being moved, not subject to change
always - all the time
abounding - to be rich or well-supplied, to be filled
work - exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something
Lord, - a person who has control, authority or power over others
knowing - conscious, intentional, deliberate
toil - hard and continuous work, exhausting labor or effort
vain - without real significance, value or importance
Lord. - a person who has control, authority or power over others
Summary: Jesus is Lord. He has given us victory over our enemy (sin, satan, the flesh, death). Because of this victory, we must be firm in our purpose and immovable in our service of the Lord, understanding that no matter how hard it is, it is not without value in Christ.
What a great set of verses!!!
Have a great week!