last on the list

May 2016 (28)

1 Corinthians 15:8-11

1Co 15:8 But last of all, as though to a person born at the wrong time, he was seen by me too.
1Co 15:9 Because I am the least of the missionaries, not worthy to be called a missionary, because I persecuted the church of God.
1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been misspent, but I worked even more than all of them, and not I, but the grace of God with me.
1Co 15:11 Therefore whether it was me or those others, this is the way we proclaimed him, and this is the way you believed him.

last on the list

Paul had listed the witnesses to the resurrection:

  • First, the scriptures which predicted it,
  • Then, the eyewitnesses who proclaimed it,
  • Last on the list was Paul himself, who witnessed the resurrected Christ on the road to Damascus.

Paul put himself last on the list of people that anyone would consider a reliable source of information about God. He had not been one of the twelve, or of the five hundred, or one of the original missionaries sent out. He had persecuted the church before he met Jesus. Consequently, he had to work harder than any of them to verify the gospel he preached. It was purely the power of the Holy Spirit which led people to believe his message. The same is true of us. We cannot prove what we proclaim. We must rely on God himself to do that. We just need to be faithful to him.

LORD, we offer no excuses. We just commit to proclaiming your gospel, and trusting you to convince those we share it with.

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