1 Corinthians 1.1-8
the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be
saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs
and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus
Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by
Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all
knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in
no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall also confirm you unto the
end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:1-8 KJV)

Paul, a called apostle of Jesus the Christ through the will of God and Sosthenes the brother, to
the congregation* of God which is in Corinth– those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called
holy-ones, with all who are calling upon the name of our Lord Jesus the Christ in every place,
both theirs and ours: grace to you* and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus the
Christ. I am always giving-thanks to my God concerning you*, for the grace of God which was
given to you* in Christ Jesus; that you* were enriched in him in everything, in all speech and all
knowledge; just-as the testimony of Christ was steadfast in you*; so-that you* are not lacking of
any gift*; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus the Christ, who will also confirm you* to the
end, so that you* are irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus the Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:1-8
MLV)

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be
saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God
always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were
enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ
was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of
our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:1-8 NKJV)

Saul was told of his position when he was traveling to Damascus to persecute the church. (Acts
8 & 16) He was called and appointed by God to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. Sosthenes was
the chief of the synagogue in Corinth. (Acts 18:17) Together they address the people who belong
to God in the city of Corinth.

These people are sanctified, or made holy, in Christ Jesus – set apart for the service of God in
and through Jesus who is the Messiah. They were called to holiness – they were called to be
saints. Even as all who call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be
brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; {to the end: Gr. perfectly} As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath
called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for
I am holy. (1 Peter 1:13-16 KJV)

The greeting is for the gift of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, along with peace, to be theirs.
Paul was thankful for the saints in Corinth, although they had problems. He was thankful that they
had obtained the grace of God which is given … by Jesus Christ. He was thankful that they had
become Christians, that they by faith had accepted the saving grace of God in the sacrifice of His
Son upon the cross. He was thankful for their initial obedience to the gospel washing their sins
away in the same manner as he had (Acts 22:16). He was thankful that they had received the
promise of eternal life. He was thankful for the riches of His mercy and grace they received, both
in the spiritual gifts of speech (whether prophecy or speaking in unlearned languages) and in all
knowledge.

The testimony of Christ, the preaching of the gospel and their acceptance of it, was confirmed by
what it wrought in their hearts, minds and lives. The reality of the gospel was shown by their
obedience. The direct result of this is that they were behind no one in what they received from the
Lord. They were waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming, or revelation, of
Jesus was His return.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in
white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this
same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:10-11 KJV)

The coming, or revelation, of our Lord Jesus Christ is used of the final judgment which men shall
face when Jesus returns.

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to
you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his
mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his
saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was
believed) in that day. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 KJV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
{abundant: Gr. much} To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you, {for you: or, for us} Who are kept by the power of God through faith
unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a
season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found
unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye
love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full
of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9 KJV)

Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the
grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ
which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory
that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did
minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto
you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be
brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning
yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1
Peter 1:10-16 KJV)

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange
thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that,
when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for
the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part
he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Peter 4:12-14 KJV)

The Corinthians would be established, strengthened, or confirmed till the end – till the time of
judgment spoken of, so that they may be blameless, forgiven – washed white in the blood of the
Lamb, in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to
repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness
by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he
hath raised him from the dead. {hath given. (Acts 17:30-31 KJV)

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore
the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are
made manifest in your consciences. (2 Corinthians 5:10-11 KJV)

I have been slow in posting, and in responding because of a variety of reasons. 1) It was a
holiday, and it is a time I cherish with my family, especially my wife, who has borne with me
through many difficulties including the change in our lives my stroke and partial loss of vision has
brought. 2) Because of the difference my stroke has made in my ability to think quickly, and to
endure controversy. 3) Because of the fondness that I have for Holger, and our past associations.
4) I wished to take time to make sure I said what I wanted to say in words that could be
understood, and which clearly represented the word of God, because you chose to put this on my
timeline which is seen not only by those who are Christians, but by those whom I know and know
of around the world who do not know of the church of our Lord. Words as they are written, do not
convey the tone of the voice, or the gestures and expressions, which communicate the love and
tenderness which is behind them. Be assured of my love for you, my love for the brethren, my
love for God, my love for the truth, my love for my friends, and my love for all men, whether they
agree with me or not. However, love does not mean the acceptance of error, no matter what the
source, whether family, friend, or foe.

There is nothing in this passage which suggests the continuance of spiritual gifts unless you are
willing to admit that spiritual gifts are necessary to be a saint, or to be able to be acceptable in
the day of the Lord. If that is the case, then it needs to be explained how every Christian could
stand before God acceptable, when not all received spiritual gifts.

Further, the teaching of this passage shows that it was the expectation of the saints for Jesus to
return, disagreeing with your position placing the resurrection at the destruction of Jerusalem.

The original post of 2 Timothy 2:17-18 evoked the response that it did because it plainly and
forcefully states that your position errs from the truth, and overthrows the faith of some. Mental
gymnastics are done around the passage, just as those who utilize religious titles try to get
around Matthew 23:5-11. As followers of Realized Eschatology are fond of saying, “Your
disagreement is not with me, it is with the word of God.”
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