Monday, July 12, 2010

Wake up from your stupor

1 Cor 15: 33 - 34

" Do not be deceived, bad company ruins good morals. Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame"

I have seen this scripture used out of context so many times. I believe when we look at this scripture in the context of what is actually being said it will enlighten our hearts to Gods grace.

What is the drunken stupor that he is talking about? What sinning are we to stop?
Take a look at the context of what Paul is busy addressing to the people. He is talking about believing in the raising of the dead, particularly about the raising of Jesus. There were people who were saying that there is no raising of the dead, thus challenging the very core foundation of our belief as Christians. He mentions that if Christ was not raised then we are still in our sin (condition of sin).

It is clear here that the drunken stupor and sinning that they are involved in is 'unbelief'. The very sin that caused man to stumble in the garden. Man did not believe.

He does not just throw in a verse commanding moral living to deal with behavioral patterns. The whole issue he is addressing with regards is that the are being stupid in not believing in justification through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Quite simple really.