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Final Challenge and Advice
1 Cor. 16: 13-14

Introduction

At first glance, these two verses look very short and simple. But if you really try to think and
understand what the Apostle wants for the Corinthian Christians to do, you can see that it contains a
lot of things. It may even be the summary or the summation and the totality of the end result for all
the things that Paul is teaching them. There are five things he has mentioned and we will take a look
at it one by one.

I. Watch (1 Cor. 16:13a)
A. Be watchful. For what? Sin and Temptation.
1. Our thoughts (Ps. 139:2).
2. Our affections (Pr. 4:23; Col 3:2).
3. Our words (Ps. 17:3; 39:1; 141:3).
4. Our actions (1Sam. 15:22; 1Cor. 10:31).
B. What must we watch against?
1. Ourselves (Jer. 17:9; Jas. 1:22).
2. Satan (1 Pet. 5:8).
3. The world (1 Jn. 2:15).
4. Men.
a. That they seduce us not into sin (Pr. 1:10-11).
b. Nor into error (Acts 20:29-31; Matt. 7:15; 2 Pet. 2:1; 3:17).
C. What must we watch for?
1. For opportunities of doing good (Gal. 6:10), and performing our duty.
2. For death (1Th 5:2-3).
3. For the coming of Christ (Matt. 24:44).
D. When must we watch?
1. In time of prosperity.
a. That you be not proud of it (Jer. 9:23; 1Ti 6:17).
b. Nor trust in it (1Tim. 6:17; Ps. 49:6; 52:7)
c. Nor abuse it (Jas. 4:3).
d. Nor set your hearts upon it (Ps. 62:10).
e. To improve it to God’s glory (Pr. 3:9).
2. In time of adversity (Eccl. 7:14).
a. Not to be impatient (Ez. 9:13; La 3:39).
b. But to be thankful (Job 1:21).
c. Not to charge God with injustice (Job 1:22)
d. Nor draw sinful inferences from it (Eccl. 9:1).
e. To be better by it (Ps 119:71; Heb. 12:10).
3. At all times (Lk. 21:36; 2Tim. 4:5).
E. Why must we watch?
1. It is for your lives (2Cor. 6:5).
2. Many enemies watch against you (1Pet. 5:8).
3. Unless ye watch, no sin but you may fall into (1Cor. 10:12).
4. The more we watch over ourselves, the more God will watch over us (Ps. 121:1;
127:1).
5. The more watchful we are, the more comfortably we shall live.
6. We have but a short time to watch (Matt. 26:40).
7. Eternity depends upon it (Matt. 25:12-13).
8. We know not when our Lord will come (Mk. 13:33,37; Lk. 12:37).

Illustration 1: How Quebec Fell To English Forces
Some day you may visit the interesting and historic French-Canadian city of Quebec. There you will
see the Plains of Abraham, where the English forces of General Wolfe won Quebec from the French.
When you see the steep ascent that Wolfe’s men had to make up the face of the great rocky cliffs,
you will be amazed that they succeeded.
Mere boys should have been able to hold off a force of soldiers from scaling such cliffs and gaining
the heights. Yet Wolfe and his men made the ascent and gained the citadel. Why? Because the
overconfident defenders became careless and pleasure-loving; and, one night, when they were off
guard, the enemy saw his opportunity, scaled the heights, and took the city.
Quebec fell because its defenders failed to keep watch. Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations

Illustration2 : Pompeii’s Sentinel
When Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius there were many persons buried in
the ruins who were afterwards found in very different positions.
There were some found in deep vaults, as if they had gone there for security. There were some
found in lofty chambers. But where did they find the Roman sentinel?
They found him standing at the city gate where he had been placed by the captain, with his hands
still grasping the weapon. There, while the earth shook beneath him; there, while the floods of ashes
and cinders overwhelmed him, he had stood at his post; and there, after a thousand years, he was
found.
So let Christians stand by their duty in the post at which their Captain places them.
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.

II. Stand fast in the faith (1 Cor. 16:13b)
A. . What faith must we stand fast in?
1. That God is (Heb. 11:6).
2. That He is a rewarder of all that come to Him (Heb. 11:6).
3. That the way to come to Him is by Christ (Heb. 7:25).
4. That this Christ is God-man (Jn. 1:14).
5. And hath satisfied for our sins (1Jn. 2:1-2).
6. And now intercedes for our souls (Heb. 7:25).
7. That by His satisfaction and intercession our sins may be pardoned (Rom. 8:33-
34).
8. That He will come again at the last day (Acts 1:11).
9. That He will judge all the world (2Cor. 5:10).
10. That the wicked will then be condemned to hell, and the righteous received up
into glory (Mt. 25:46).
B. Why stand fast in this faith?
1. Otherwise we can do no acts of piety (Heb. 11:6).
2. Nor have our sins remitted (Gal. 2:16).
3. Nor our souls saved (Acts 4:12).
C. What are the means of this steadfastness?
1. Search the Scriptures (Jn. 5:39).
2. Converse much with God in prayer.
3. Entertain no doubting thoughts.
4. Indulge no sin, lest it debauch your principles.
5. Oft frequent the public ordinances (Rom. 10:17).

Illustration 3: Witnesses—Standing
At an open-air meeting in Liverpool, a skeptic gave a strong address against Christianity to a large
audience and at the close said, “If any man here can say a single word in favor of Jesus Christ, let him
come out and say it.” Not a man moved. The silence became oppressive. Then two young girls arose,
walked hand in hand, as if moved by the Holy Spirit, up to the speaker and said, “We can’t speak, but
we will sing for Christ,” and they sang with great power, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus.” When the
song ceased, every head was uncovered, all were deeply moved, some were sobbing, and the crowd
quietly went away, apparently with no thought of the sceptic’s words. Can you stand with God
against the blasphemies, against sneers, against temptations to dishonesty, against bribery in subtle
form, against flattery, against persecution? Heart-warming Bible Illustrations.

III. Quit you like men (1 Cor. 16:13c)
A. What is it to quit yourselves like men?
1. Carry yourselves like men.
a. Like rational creatures. What more rational than that we should serve Him
that made us (1Co 6:20); choose the best things before the worst (Isa 55:1-
2); mind our own good and welfare (Mt 16:26); do to others as we would
have others do to us (Mt 7:12); and submit to God’s will (La 3:39).
b. Like those who have immortal souls (Ge 2:7).
c. Like those who are capable of the enjoyment of God Himself (1Co 13:12).
2. Be valiant and courageous as men (Eph 6:10-11).
a. Be not daunted with afflictions (2Co 4:16-17).
b. Nor drawn aside with prosperity (Mr 4:19).
c. Press through all difficulties for heaven (Ac 14:22).
B. Why quit ourselves thus like men?
1. We have many potent enemies (Eph 6:11-12).
2. Without spiritual courage we can never conquer them.
3. The reward will make amends for all (1Co 15:58).

Illustration 4: Healthy Fear
A young soldier of evident breeding and culture had one peculiarity. He would never drink alcoholic
beverages with the others. One day the major asked him to take a message to the express agent in
town. “Where shall I find him, sir?” he asked. “Just go into Casey’s saloon and sit down. He’ll show
up in the course of the afternoon.” The soldier drew back and said, “Beg pardon, sir, but can’t I meet
him some place else?” “Why, what’s the matter with Casey’s? Are you afraid to go there?” “Yes, sir,
because drink was what made me enlist and leave my family in the first place. I was drunk and didn’t
know what I was doing.” “You may go,” said the major curtly. “I’ll find a more accommodating and
less cowardly man.”
From then on, this soldier carried a reputation for cowardice because he was realistic enough to
avoid danger, he knew he was too weak to face. However, the opinion of the battery changed one
day when he was one of the seven chosen to fire a cannon salute to a visiting general. One bag of
powder failed to discharge, and the sergeant ordered it pulled out. As it fell to the ground, the men
were horrified to see that one corner of it ignited. For a breathless moment no one moved. Then this
soldier flung himself upon it and with his bare hands smothered the deadly spark. From then on he
was the hero of the company. You may depend upon it; the man who is afraid of doing wrong will be
brave enough when the occasion calls for it. Illustrations of Bible Truths.

IV. Be Strong (1 Cor. 16:13d)
A. In faith (Mt 15:28; Ro 4:20).
B. Love (Mt 22:37).
C. Trust on God (Job 13:15; Heb 13:5-6).
D. Why? Be strong and courageous.
1. The stronger your graces are the weaker will your temptations be.
2. The stronger your grace is the greater will your comfort be (Joh 14:1).
3. Be but strong, and you need not fear but to press through all difficulties, and
get to heaven. (Bp. Beveridge.)

V. Let all your things be done with charity.
A. The simple rule is, let love to God, to man, and to one another, be the motive of all
your conduct. Let everything be done out of love, and everything can be done well.

VI. Conclusion:
Paul tells the Corinthians to be watchful. Then he admonishes them to stand fast in the
faith that had been given to them. He wants them to be mature and to act like a man,
stop acting childish and be strong in faith, love, and trust in God. In doing all of these, it
should be done out of love. Will you follow Paul’s advice thru the inspiration of the Holy
Spirit? You should.

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