Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Commentary Paul's exhortation to stand fast in the faith is especially important in view of the susceptibility of the Corinthians to false teaching (2 Cor. 11:3).
Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (1 Co 16:13-14). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.
Did you know? The greater part of 1 Corinthians is in the form of rebuke and correction. The first fourteen chapters deal primarily with errant behavior, and chapter 15 deals with errant theology. Even chapter 13, the beautiful treatise on love, was given to correct the lovelessness that so characterized the Corinthian church. But the rebuke and correction were themselves given out of deep love. Paul was steeped in the love of God, and his rebuke, like the Lord's own rebuke of His children, was always given in love. "Those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives" (Heb. 12:6).
In 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Paul gives five final imperatives, five last commands, to the Corinthians. They are to be alert, firm, mature, strong, and loving. These commands are, in many ways, the positive side of what in earlier chapters the apostle had told the Corinthians not to be. Each command can serve as a point of departure for reviewing the epistle.
MacArthur, J. (1996, c1984). 1 Corinthians. Includes indexes. (471). Chicago: Moody Press.
Weekly Memory Verse
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.