“Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” – 1 Corinthians 15:34
It’s interesting that this is said to the church at Corinth.
For those of you who do not know, the church at Corinth is one of Paul’s most successful church plants. They had the greatest faith, collected the most money for the saints in Jerusalem and elsewhere, were extremely instrumental in the spreading of faith in Jesus Christ in the region around them, and they were the boast of Paul’s ministry. They were a splendid church filled with God’s love and grace and power.
And yet, here we have Paul telling them something very clear cut and something quite discouraging: Some have no knowledge of God.
Now, Paul is not speaking regarding people in general. He is not saying this about humanity, but rather, he is saying this about the church in Corinth.
There are some in the church that have no knowledge of God. And then Paul tells them, “I say this to your shame.”
“I’m saying this to shame you,” says Paul. The church at Corinth has in some way failed in their mission to spread the Gospel and bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and a personal relationship with the Father. “For some have no knowledge of God.”
And why is this? Because of the way members of the Corinthian church behave.
Paul tells them to WAKE UP from their drunken stupor. This is not to mean that the people in Corinth are drunk on wine and spirits all the time. Far from it. Paul is speaking of them being drunk on themselves and their own pride and way of life.
So, he says, “Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning.” (emphasis mine)
He says it is right for the church at Corinth to wake up and stop sinning. It is as a result of their continuous sins that there are some that have no knowledge of God.
Does this call reach you today, Christian? Brothers and sisters, is this ringing in your heart and mind? Are you so drunk on yourself and your own accomplishments that the people around you do not know about God? Are you so drunk on yourself that even you do not know God? That you and the people around you do not have a knowledge of God?
So, believers, I say to you as Paul said to the Corinthian church:
“Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.”