Sincere and Pure Devotion
The love Paul has for the church at Corninth. Paul,has sincere love for this church, which leads him to be bold and speak truth into tough places. In verse 3 of this chapter we see that his main hope is that the church would have a “sincere and pure devotion” to Christ.
The verses following show us what it looks like to have a sincere and pure devotion:
- Sincere and Pure Doctrine — Verse 4 talks of the danger of incorrect doctrine. Incorrect doctrine is dangerous because it leads to incorrect living. If you don’t have a Biblical view of God, you don’t have a true view of God. It is only the God that is revealed in the Scriptures that can save you from your sin. This is why knowing your Bible and understanding it in its context are vital for sanctification.
- Sincere and Pure Boldness — Pauls main purpose in life was to glorify God and he knew one of the main ways for him to do that was to boldly proclaim the gospel and protect the churches from straying from that gospel.
- Sincere and Pure Character — Paul had a zeal for the Gospel. He was willing to do whatever it took to get the gospel to as many people as possible, but he also knew that his character was tied to his gospel, so he was willing to protect his reputation from slander and falsehood, not for himself, but for the sake of the gospel.
Do you have a sincere and pure devotion to Christ? Ask God to help you know what needs to change in your life to make this passage true of you.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice