Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
When people make mistakes, the temptation is usually to belittle those who have fallen in one way or another. As we study Corinthians it becomes obvious that they missed the boat on many Christian principles, and in the midst of this anybody could teach about the bad, show the sin, preach the condemnation, and deliver the hellfire. However, God is love and with His love as our motivation and for our foundation: we always want to teach or be taught the good, to show or be shown the Savior from sin, to preach or to hear about our righteousness, and to deliver and receive the eternal blessings recorded for us in God’s Word. This is exactly what Corinthians teaches because the positive light of God’s healing Word will always win over negative darkness.
I Corinthians 15:57:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This wonderful verse of Scripture is an actual prayer, with a beginning in thankfulness, the middle with the acknowledgment of what God has given to us – the victory, and this victory is our eternal life. Then the prayer ends by thanking God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as Jesus instructed us to do in our personal prayer life (John 14:13-14). This prayer has raised the Church of believers from being emaciated and downtrodden back up to the standard of God’s Word, rather than condemning us into some kind of pseudo-religious obedience. Corinthians has set us on high, from the state of being failures to becoming thankful in the victory; this is how God strengthens His very own children. Isn’t this a magnificent way to learn how to walk with God within the confidence that His Word generates?
The Church in Corinth as a whole was not criticized but loved back to spiritual health, and encouraged back into remembering the victory, knowing that they still indeed had eternal life within the very fiber of their being. Thankfulness is not only the response of the Church at Corinth, but will always be the response when love is the motivation behind helping people walk with God. Let us read why Paul wrote II Corinthians:
II Corinthians 2:4:
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
Coming to know Jesus Christ is an adventure in this life that takes place in the depths of our hearts. The mission of Christ has always been and will always be to make God known. Christ continues to make God known to us, and as our knowledge of God increases we will clearly begin to recognize the actual victory of obtaining our eternal life with complete thankfulness. This is the victory that enables us to say “thanks be to God” from the depths of our hearts.