Martin Luther (1483-1546) famously said that a Christian is “simultaneously saint and sinner.” (Well, technically, he wrote it in Latin.)
As followers of Jesus Christ, I think it’s difficult for us to hold both sides of Luther’s statement together simultaneously or regularly. How about you? Which do you tend to see yourself as most often – saint or sinner?
Like most New Testament letters, the introduction of 1st Corinthians is the key to understand the whole letter. In this introduction (1st Corinthians 1:1-17), we find both of these truths about our identity held together in a rather jarring contrast. It’s important that we delve into that tension and contrast. I don’t know about you, but I tend to skip past the essential truths in verses 4-9 and focus on the rebuke that comes after in verses 10-17. How about you?
This Sunday we’ll delve into 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 and the twin tension that Luther highlighted, i.e., saint and sinner.
However, as brilliant and helpful as Luther’s insight about this tension was and is, it misses/omits a very crucial truth that we desperately need to grasp and cling to. What did Luther miss? Spend some time reading and reflecting on 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 and see that you think. We’ll talk more about all of this on Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions.
I look to worshiping together with you on Sunday.
Yours in Christ’s love,