1 Corinthians 1:6–7 (AV)
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
In yesterday’s dose of Logos Paul wrote of how enriched the church in Corinth was in all utterance, and in all knowledge. They were enriched because of the testimony of Christ. The word testimony means witness. The Greek word is martyrion which comes from the word, martus. That word may look familiar because from it comes our English word martyr. Paul is pointing back to verse four by saying, “This grace you have been given? It is confirmed (verified) by your witness for Christ.” We should all want the witness of Jesus Christ to resonate from us! That is Paul’s point.
Paul is writing this letter during a transition time or a pivot point in the nation of Israel. Since the letter was written in A.D. 59, the Temple in Jerusalem was still standing. It would be destroyed in A.D. 70 (and will not be rebuilt until the time leading up to the Great Tribulation). With the Temple still standing, the offer for the kingdom of God to come to earth was still valid. If the people of Israel, as a nation (meaning their leadership), looked to Messiah Jesus and said, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”, Jesus would return and set up his earthly kingdom.
Therefore, Paul, in verse 7, wants these Corinthians (who were primarily Jews) to have every kingdom gift at their disposal. He did not want them to come behind in any gift. That means, the sign gifts, such as speaking in tongues, miraculous healings, raising the dead, and the like were still valid. He wanted them to have all of them! Later we will see that Paul says these gifts will cease. When will they cease? After the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70.
Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is not the Rapture. Here Paul is referring to the Second Coming. As mentioned, the kingdom offer was still on the table. They were waiting for Jesus to come back to set up his kingdom. Recall the disciples question to Jesus in Acts 1:6, “Lord, wilt thou as this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” They were waiting for the kingdom. Jesus told them, “It is not for you to know…”