All things – 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

Complimentary Scripture

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?

2 Corinthians 6:10
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 15:28
And when all things have been subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be made subject to Him who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all.

2 Corinthians 10:7
You are looking at outward appearances. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should remind himself that we belong to Christ just as much as he does.

Galatians 3:29
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.

Select Commentary

MacLaren: DEATH, THE FRIEND

1 Corinthians 3:21 – 1 Corinthians 3:22.

What Jesus Christ is to a man settles what everything else is to Him. Our relation to Jesus determines our relation to the universe. If we belong to Him, everything belongs to us. If we are His servants, all things are our servants. The household of Jesus, which is the whole Creation, is not divided against itself, and the fellow-servants do not beat one another. Two bodies moving in the same direction, and under the impulse of the same force, cannot come into collision, and since ‘all things work together,’ according to the counsel of His will, ‘all things work together for good’ to His lovers. The triumphant words of my text are no piece of empty rhetoric, but the plain result of two facts-Christ’s rule and the Christian’s submission. ‘All things are yours, and ye are Christ’s,’ so the stars in their courses fight against those who fight against Him, and if we are at peace with Him we shall ‘make a league with the beasts of the field, and the stones of the field,’ which otherwise would be hindrances and stumbling-blocks, ‘shall be at peace with’ us.

Brethren, we have to take His yoke upon us by the act of faith which leads to a love that issues in an obedience which will become more and more complete, as we become more fully Christ’s. Then death will be ours, for then we shall count that the highest good for us will be fuller union with, a fuller possession of, and a completer conformity to, Jesus Christ our King, and that whatever brings us these, even though it brings also pain and sorrow and much from which we shrink, is all on our side. It is possible-may it be so with each of us!-that for us Death may be, not an enemy that bans us into darkness and inactivity, or hales us to a judgment-seat, but the Angel who wakes us, at whose touch the chains fall off, and who leads us through ‘the iron gate that opens of its own accord,’ and brings us into the City.

My Pondering

When we accept Christ’s invite to eternal fellowship, we are His.
And what is His is ours; that’s everything for evermore.

Everything that we need for now and hope for forever. We haven’t seen nothing yet, compared to what’s in store. You can bank on that!

In Heaven, the pavement is gold. Can you imagine that?

When you listen to the birds sing, what lyrics do they bellow?
(I hear praise and worship to Jesus the King)

When you see a flower bloom, what does that represent?
(I see unfolding beauty and a glimpse of our creator)

When you witness a beautiful sunset canvas, is that not a glimpse of some wonderful? (It resonates to me that God has much more in store)

When you partake in the birth of a child, after that baby cries it’s first breathe of oxygen and then later smiles contentedly, how does that fill your heart? (It speaks boldly to me that we are more than a blob of random cells, we are His creation, created intentional and uniquely for relationship)

When after a long, hard, hot day a gentle breeze blows and you drink a glass of cold water, does it not whisper that God is good? (Yes, we live in a fallen world but His love abounds and His glory arises)

What a promise we have in Jesus that 1 Cor Scripture illuminates.

A brief prayer

LORD, it is all yours yet You want us to partake gracefully, willingly and respectfully…help us all know You and be with each of us. Be our overcomer, conquering even death, so that it’s nothing but sleep…with a beautiful awaking on the other side. That eternity with You is everything, all in all!