“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.” – 1 Corinthians 16.22
The Apostle Paul wrote the book of First Corinthians to a group of carnal Christians living in the city of Corinth. The reason Paul wrote this epistle is because worldly philosophies had infiltrated the hearts of the believers. Throughout the book, Paul deals with the divisions, difficulties, and disbelief that had become a part of everyday life for the Corinthian believers. As he finishes dictating the book, he takes the pen from the secretary and writes the words we find in our text, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.” The word “Anathema” in the text means to be accursed or devoted to destruction. Paul’s statement was designed to direct them to the great and essential matter of religion, the love of the Lord Jesus; and was intended, doubtless, to turn away their minds from the subjects which had agitated them, the disputes and dissensions which had rent the church into factions, to the great inquiry whether they truly loved the Savior. Essentially, Paul wanted the Corinthians to keep the main thing the main thing. How about you today? May God help us to make sure that we always keep Jesus Christ first in our life.