Sunday, January 7, 2018
“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:10,11 KJV).
Who is the “wise masterbuilder?” In what way is he “wise?” What is he building? Where do we fit in?
Two decades prior to today’s Scripture, the ascended Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Saul of Tarsus in Acts chapter 9 to end his satanic ministry. Saul—an unbelieving, hateful, Hell-bound, Israeli religious leader—had not thought twice about torturing and executing his fellow Jews who had believed in Jesus as Messiah/Christ (Son of God and King of Israel). However, once God directly intervened and met Saul face-to-face, Saul was truly a changed man. There, on that road to Damascus, Saul came to see and trust that Jesus Christ, whom he and his nation had bitterly opposed and murdered, had actually died for his sins, had been buried, and had been raised again for his justification (1 Corinthians 15:3,4)!
After saving him, the ascended Lord Jesus Christ commissioned Saul. Many years later, now known as Paul, he spoke of his conversion. Acts chapter 26 reports: “ And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.  But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;  Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send [apostello] thee,  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
The Holy Spirit thus caused Paul to write in Romans 11:13: “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle [“sent-one”] of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.” Since God sent Paul to the Gentiles, He sent Paul to Corinth….