Just as last week we gleaned some marks of healthy church life from Paul’s remarks concerning the collection, this week we see marks of faithfulness to the Lord’s work from Paul’s incidental remarks concerning his travels. If I could sum up the main point in vv. 5-12, it would be, Christian ministers must be faithful to the NT pattern of ministry. Although Paul’s ministry as an Apostle differs from that of pastors today, in Paul’s plans for himself, Timothy, and Apollos we can learn several sound lessons still applicable for those who do the work of the Lord as Paul did.
Do not mistake the brevity of v. 58 to mean that the practical consequences of the resurrection are not weighty. On the contrary, the resurrection has world-changing results in this life, leaving aside all that it means for us in eternity. Here’s the main point: You must live consistently with the reality of the resurrection. If Christ is alive, and if Christ will really raise you, then you should live differently. Paul gives us two great responses to the doctrine of the resurrection:
The last verse of this paragraph is a sublime cap to this glorious chapter on the resurrection, followed only by the practical results of our resurrection in v. 58. God’s Word calls you this morning to return thanks to God for your salvation. Here are the reasons: