My beloved brethren
Be steadfast, immovable
Always abounding in the work of The LORD
Knowing that your toil is not in vain in The LORD
1 Corinthians 15:58
Many of the BIBLE studies I share have come from one-on-ONE studies with our Beloved LORD GOD. It is HE that taught me to examine The Scriptures (1 Ths 5:21). I absolutely love studying my ABBA FATHER’s WORD with HIM! HE’s taught me not to skim over or speed-read the Scriptures, but to read each one carefully, paying particular attention to things HE points out to me. I date, highlight, and notate in my BIBLE what HE has pointed out during that time of study. And then I reflect or meditate on what I have learned, and ask HIM to help me carefully walk in what HE has taught me. It’s during this process, HE writes HIS WORD upon my heart.
Why must one read each Scripture carefully? Because of the absolute importance of each word. We must never forget we are looking upon the very WORDS of Almighty GOD (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20). We must grasp that HE is sharing HIMSELF (Jhn 1:1, Jhn 1:14, 1 Jhn 1:1-3). We must fully understand that by HIS WORD all of creation was spoken into existence (Psa 33:6, Heb 11:3). We should know it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest Hebrew letter to fail (Isa 55:11, Luk 16:17). And we must carefully consider the weight our Beloved LORD GOD places on both HIS WORDS (Deu 8:3, Mat 4:4) and ours (1 Sam 2:3, Mat 12:36-37, Mat 15:15-19, Eph 4:29, Jam 3:2).
In the opening paragraph I described the process of examining the Scriptures. And we are going to do just that in this study. We will be examining 1 Corinthians 15:58. I would like to first share with you that the foundation Scripture (which is always located just below the graphic) is laid out how The Holy SPIRIT of my Beloved LORD GOD points it out to me. The Scripture centered on a line-by-line basis in The BIBLE study is highlighted with different colors for each line in my BIBLE. 1 Corinthians 15:58 was broken down by The Holy SPIRIT in 5 parts, drawing particular attention to each of the following parts:
2) My beloved brethren
3) Be steadfast, immovable
4) Always abounding in the work of The LORD
5) Knowing that your toil is not in vain in The LORD
Therefore is used as a conjunctive adverb, the conjunctive part refers to something previously stated, and the adverb provides a greater description. Instead of using “therefore” one could say; that because something happened; as a result of this or that; for this or that reason. By starting at verse one of 1 Corinthians chapter 15, our Beloved LORD GOD through the apostle Paul lays out the doctrine of resurrection and a solid hope for believing it. With this very first word “therefore” In 1 Corinthians 15:58 Paul then provides the incentive for, and the way we should carry out our service for The LORD.
My beloved brethren, this word of encouragement is to incentivize those who hear it. It is not for everyone. It is only for those who do the will of our Beloved LORD GOD from the heart (Mrk 3:35, Eph 6:6, 1 Pet 4:2, 1 Jhn 2:17). For those who will take part in the first resurrection (Rev 20:5-6), also known as the resurrection of the righteous (Luk 14:14, Act 24:15), or the resurrection of life (Jhn 5:29, Dan 12:2).
Be steadfast, immovable. Be steadfast in heart, and immovable in faith. One who is steadfast in heart is one whose heart is firm, fixed, settled or established. Circumstances or indefinite time periods do not cause them to lose heart (Luk 18:1-8, 2 Cor 4:1-18), or give up from discouragement (Isa 40:30-31, Gal 6:9, 2 Ths 3:13, Heb 12:3).
One who is immovable in faith is one who truly knows GOD (Jhn 10:14, Jhn 14:23, 1 Jhn 2:3-6, 1 Jhn 4:6-8). Their faith in HIM cannot be shaken, it is not even capable of movement. Because they know HE cannot lie (Num 23:19, Tit 1:2, Heb 6:18), HE is faithful (Deu 7:9, 1 Cor 1:9, 2 Tim 2:13) and all HIS WORDS are faithful (Psa 119:86, Psa 119:89-90, Psa 119:138) and will not fail (Isa 55:10-11, Luk 16:17). Their faith in HIM is not just for others, but also for themselves (Psa 9:18, Pro 13:12, Jam 1:2-4).
Always abounding in the work of The LORD. “Always abounding” means to not just be engaged, but to be highly productive; to excel in; to be diligent; to always have a willing heart (2 Chr 31:21, Col 3:23-24).
The work of The LORD is to always be engaged in doing the will of our Beloved LORD GOD (Jhn 4:34), in every single thing we do (Col 3:17, Jam 2:26). Which means our daily walk through the power of HIS Holy SPIRIT is one that brings glory (Psa 115:1, 1 Pet 4:11) and thanksgiving to our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST (Act 3:8-9, 2 Cor 1:11, 2 Cor 9:10-15), advancement of HIS Kingdom (Act 20:24-27, Rom 10:14-15, 1 Cor 3:6-9, 2 Tim 4:1-5), service to both the brethren (Eph 6:18, Col 1:25, Heb 13:17, 3 Jhn 1:5-8) and all mankind (Php 2:14-15, 1 Tim 2:1-4, Heb 13:1-3, Heb 13:16).
Knowing that your toil is not in vain in The LORD. Knowing is to have a deep conviction through experiencing the truth and faithfulness of GOD (Job 42:5, 2 Pet 1:16-19).
It is only then that you will be fully convinced (2 Tim 1:12), that your toil (labor; deed; actions) is not in vain (fruitless; unprofitable; without effect; futile) ― Php 2:16, Isa 49:4, 1 Ths 3:5
“In The LORD” is a key phrase in this sentence. If JESUS CHRIST is not your LORD & SAVIOR, and you do not have HIS Holy SPIRIT dwelling in your heart; than all you do profits you nothing (1 Cor 13:1-3, 1 Jhn 4:16), and everything seems vain to you, as demonstrated by the disobedient King Solomon (Ecc 1:1-2, Ecc 12:8).
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of The LORD
The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil
Being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains
You too be patient
Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of The LORD is near