Abounding in the work

Abounding in the work of the Lord

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 21:21
He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor.

1 Corinthians 16:10
If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.

2 Peter 3:14
Therefore, beloved, as you anticipate these things, make every effort to be found at peace with Him, without spot or blemish.

1 Thes 1:3
remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Pulpit Commentary
Verse 58. – Therefore. Seeing that you ought not to despair, but to share in this confidence of triumph. Steadfast. Firmly fixed in your own conviction (Colossians 1:23 2John 9). Unmoveable. By others (Ephesians 4:14). Abounding in the work of the Lord. Doing diligently and ungrudgingly the work of your lives, which is his work. That your labour is not in vain. The thought of the verse is the same as that of Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Some general facts are very observable in this glorious chapter.

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Therefore my beloved brethren,…. This is the conclusion of the whole, and contains the use the apostle makes of the above doctrine, addressing the saints at Corinth in the most tender and affectionate manner; owning the spiritual relation they stood in to him, and expressing the great love he had for them, which filled him with a concern for them, that they might be both sound in principle, and right in practice, and continue so:

be ye steadfast, unmoveable; in all the doctrines of the Gospel, and particularly in this of the resurrection of the dead, which he had been labouring throughout the whole chapter:

always abounding in the work of the Lord; going on in it, being more and more in the practice of it; either in the work of the ministry, which some of them were in, to which the Lord had called them, and for which he had fitted and qualified them, and in which his glory was greatly concerned, and therefore called his work; or any other work, even all good works, which the Lord commands, requires, calls his people to, and strengthens them to perform: which when they do they may be said to abound, and to be fruitful in every good work: and for their encouragement it is added,

forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord; the labour of such who were in the ministry was not in vain, but was by the Lord made useful for the conversion of sinners, and the edification of saints, who would be their joy, and crown of rejoicing another day; and which must be no small encouragement to labour; and labour in any kind of good work has here its usefulness: it is profitable unto men, and though not meritorious of eternal life, yet the good works of the saints will follow them; Christ will not forget their work and labour of love which they have shown to his name and people, but will take notice of them as fruits of his own grace, and bestow his rewards upon them, though not in a way of debt, but of grace; which the doctrine of the resurrection assures of, and encourages to hope for; and so must he a friend to the practice of good works, as the contrary doctrine must be an obstruction to them.

Websters:
Definition of steadfast
1 a : firmly fixed in place : immovable
b : not subject to change
the steadfast doctrine of original sin —Ellen Glasgow
2 : firm in belief, determination, or adherence :

Synonym Discussion of steadfast
faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. ⟨faithful to her promise⟩ loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. ⟨remained loyal to the czar⟩ constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. ⟨constant friends⟩ staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. ⟨a staunch defender of free speech⟩ steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. ⟨steadfast in their support⟩ resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. ⟨a resolute ally⟩

Steadfast has held its ground in English for many centuries. Its Old English predecessor, stedefæst, combined stede (meaning “place” or “stead”) and fæst (meaning “firmly fixed”). An Old English text of the late 10th century, called The Battle of Maldon, contains our earliest record of the word, which was first used in battle contexts to describe warriors who stood their ground. Soon, it was also being used with the broad meaning “immovable,” and as early as the 13th century it was applied to those unswerving in loyalty, faith, or friendship. Centuries later, all of these meanings endure.

KIRK’S COMMENTARY

Paul’s words here are quite the encouraging type. Be steadfast. Steadfast is determined drive. Persistent.
While at the same time immovable in principle and sound doctrine. I particularly appreciate the next key word; Abounding. Abounding is excelling, overcoming and thriving.

We are to abound in the work of the Lord. This may be interpreted to work exclusively done in full time ministry. However, it most likely refers to any good work, gift or act of service done under the banner of Jesus, in His beautiful name.

God no doubt works in mysterious ways and on different levels including the physical, invisible and eternal. We, or at least I, often focus way too much on the physical. If we are wise, we will truly work to the eternal while being readily cognizant of the invisible.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

When we work for Him, we do it all!

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