by RAY ORTLUND

1 Corinthians 16:13

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Manliness has taken a beating in our modern world.  It is often either denied or distorted.  It’s difficult even mentioning manliness without turning it into a joke somehow.

But the gospel is so comfortable with God’s created order that manliness has a vital place.  Paul takes all he has taught in 1 Corinthians — the humility of the gospel, sexual integrity, marriage and singleness, personal entitlements, how to take communion, spiritual gifts, the resurrection — he translates all that theology into this practical summary: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

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