Posted by: SandreS | December 7, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 35

A “Not Many” Ministry

Paul’s was a “not many” ministry, and so it is with ours. The “not many” ministry is the ministry to which God has called us!

For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called(I Corinthians 1:26).

When we ask Paul, “How many …?” Paul gives us the answer: “Not many!” So, the next time you are asked one of those “How many” questions, simply reply, “Not many!”

Instead of a “many” ministry, ours is a “foolish,” “weak,” “base,” “despised,” and “things that are not”i.e., “nothing” – ministry!

For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and the things which are not, to bring to nought the things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He who glories, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:26-31).

Let’s not allow ourselves to be carried away with the Gentile obsession of numbering people. Let’s not fight the divine plan and viewpoint! Let’s stop contending with God.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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