When I am brought low, then the Lord can be more precious to me.
1 CORINTHIANS 1, Verses 1-17
We are grouping four books in the New Testament - Philippians, 1 Corinthians, Galatians and Colossians - as books which contain teachings for us in our journey through life as believers, on our way to heaven. The book of Numbers has shown us illustrations which help us understand these four New Testament books.
1 Corinthians will show us the pitfalls into which we can tumble if we are not careful. Divisions amongst Christians, immorality allowed amongst them, and many more. We might say that the first part, to 10:14, is like a series of danger sign posts along the side of the road, telling where NOT to go; the last part, signs with instructions where to go. The Corinthians were very clever and educated, they had great ability, were very fine speakers etc. But they were depending on these natural abilities rather than on the Lord. The result is always the same; it divides believers; exactly what has happened to the Christians today. Hundreds of groups or denominations, all claiming to be right. Read verse 10. God never asks us to do something without giving us the power to do it. Phil. 4:13, 2 Pet 1:3-4. Do these encourage you? Does God cause a division or men? Is it possible to find the right way? Are you willing in your heart to want to be guided to that way?
1 Cor 1:8-9 Though they were very careless, and were doing many things they should not, he reminds them that the Lord Jesus would never fail in His work for them.
1 Cor 1:10 Most important. God wants all believers to be perfectly joined together in happy fellowship. There could not be even two groups, for that would destroy this verse. There was only one at the beginning.
1 Cor 1:11 Here was the beginning of division.
1 Cor 1:12-13 There is one center. Christ is the center. In heaven we shall all be gathered around a glorified Christ. Now on earth the Spirit of God gathers us around a rejected Christ. Read carefully Jn 17:20-21. Words can never persuade, it is only the submission of our will to God. Are we willing?
Confidence is having it, but not necessarily showing it.
1 CORINTHIANS 1, Verses 17-31
1 Cor 1:17-18 Clever words may make the cross of Christ sound foolish. And clever words can make the narrow path of following Christ sound foolish too.
1 Cor 1:19-28 Foolish things and weak things. Wise things and strong things. Which do we choose? Notice what God has chosen.
1 Cor 1:23 A crucified Christ was a stumbling block to the Jews. (It was like a catch on a trap... when it is touched, it makes the trap door fall.) And the cross was foolishness to the Gentiles. These Corinthian believers were very much affected by what the Jews and Gentiles thought because they were using the head not their heart. They were under the influence of the Jewish and Gentile thinking.
1 Cor 1:24 What a contrast; power and wisdom of God were theirs.
1 Cor 1:26-29 Not many wise, not many powerful, nor many high-born people are chosen to be saved, so that no one can boast, except in belonging to Christ.
1 Cor 1:30-31 What glorious words for each believer in Christ to be rejoicing in.
It is nice to work for the One Who supplies the ground, the seed, the showers and the sunshine... then opens the heart to receive the seed.
1 CORINTHIANS 2
1 Cor 2:1-8 Nothing looked weaker, nor more shameful, than Christ crucified. The Corinthians did not want the shame side of Christianity. Only the nice, respectable, intelligent and gifted side. But unless we are willing to see this, we will continue to keep believers divided. It is pride which keeps us from surrendering our will to the Lord. The correction to every evil spoken of in Corinthians is to be willing to make Christ the Lord (Master) of our life.
1 Cor 2:9 Quoted from Is 64:4, (which goes as far as the Old Testament could go). But...
1 Cor 2:10 ...now we have the Holy Spirit. He tells us God's secrets, if we walk in obedience to His Word. We never could understand them with our intelligence, and this is what is now going to be explained.
1 Cor 2:11-16 Who could understand a man's thoughts, except the man himself? In the same way only God's Spirit knows God's thoughts.
1 Cor 2:12 But believers have received that same Spirit. It is in the power of that Spirit that we now can understand God perfectly! We are one with Him. Now don't confuse what we are saying. We are not saying that every believer automatically knows and understands God and His Word. (Disobedience and carelessness hinder this). But this Scripture is saying that all believers have that ability.
The lack of confidence in God lets in the will and more.
1 CORINTHIANS 3
1 Cor 3:1-9 "Carnal" means to be worldly (like the unsaved people of the world). This must have been a shock to these proud people when they heard what Paul was saying to them! They had a very good opinion of themselves, and this was the very reason why they could not understand what Paul was saying.
1 Cor 3:10-23 Very, very important. There are two buildings which are being built. The church of God, and the house of God. Christ only builds the first - Eph. 2:22. Against His work the gates of hell cannot stand, Matt. 16:18. Men build the second. The house of God is something like the kingdom of heaven. Everyone who says he is a Christian is in these latter two. True believers and mere professors are both in the house of God and kingdom of heaven. Only true believers are in the church of God (kingdom of God). An unsaved minister can be building the house of God. If he tells his listeners to do the best they can so they can go to heaven, he is using wood, hay and stubble. But if we tell the truth about God's Word, we are using gold, silver, precious stones.
1 Cor 3:15 A believer might build badly, by saying things about the Scriptures which are not correct. He is using wood, hay and stubble. All this will be burned up, but he won't be. Fire is a picture of the searching judgement of God.
If my mind is set on things above, I wont be inclined to assert myself about things down here.
1 CORINTHIANS 4
1 Cor 4:3 The Corinthian assembly or church was going on so badly that Paul says that it mattered little to him what their opinion of him was. And he adds that he could not even trust his own opinions of himself.
1 Cor 4:4 Means that he didn't know of anything in his life that was wrong. But he adds that this was not the deciding thing. It was the Lord (the Master of his life) who decided. But he did not have a bad conscience. Do we?
1 Cor 4:7 If one believer has more ability than another to do something for the Lord, it comes from God. Every believer has been given a special job to do (Mk 13:34).
1 Cor 4:14-21 The Corinthians were very critical of Paul, and while he lets this go on, he warns them of the power he has from God, as God's apostle.
He is no fool who gives up the things he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
1 CORINTHIANS 5, Verses 1-5
1 Cor 5:1-5 Paul brings a serious charge against them. That they were allowing a man to be in the assembly who was living with his father's second wife. They were so pleased with all the ability they had, that they were not judging this evil. They were responsible for what was going on, and it was no secret.
1 Cor 5:2 But first they had to humble themselves. If there was no humbling then they would never put the man away. If they did humble themselves then they would act quickly.
1 Cor 5:5 This may puzzle some. It appears as if it might mean that this person would go to hell, but this could never happen to a believer. Always note the exact words of Scripture when you do not understand. It says "For the destruction of the flesh", not "the soul or the spirit". These can never be destroyed. Read 1 Cor 11:29 and 30. Though Paul was an apostle, and therefore had power to do this, he didn't. But he tells them to do it and to put away this man from the assembly. The former ("to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh" verse 5) can't be done today because there are no apostles, but the assembly can do the second thing as verses 7 and 13 say plainly.
Do not be afraid of consequences... if I do what is right, God will take care of them.
1 CORINTHIANS 5, Verses 6-13
1 Cor 5:6 If they allowed this to go on, it would harm the whole assembly. Power to carry out discipline comes from the Lord's presence. If we make the rules, then it would be a care of our carrying out discipline. But the Word of God must be our authority. Moral sin comes from the natural mind.
1 Cor 5:7 "Purge", means to clean completely, is only used twice in the New Testament. Here and in 2 Tim 2:21. In this instance they were to put away from themselves this wicked person. In 2 Tim 2:21, the person who wanted to please the Lord was to separate from others who were not living in obedience to the Bible.
1 Cor 5:6-8 He explains the reason for such treatment. The Lord Jesus is in the middle of them. If they allowed a little evil, it would spread to all, and then the Lord Jesus could no longer be with them. Doctrinal evil is worse than moral evil for it attacks Christ and His work. In this chapter it is moral evil in the man, but doctrinal evil (chap. 15:12) and ecclesiastical evil, chapter 2, in the assembly. Putting the man away didn't clear them. 2 Cor. 7:11 shows that it took longer for the assembly to judge themselves than to judge the man. For their state of soul was so bad that the man had gone on in the assembly without his conscience being touched.
1 Cor 5:10-13 If an unsaved person was immoral, it was different from a person who was called "a believer". From this last person they were to separate (keep away from); not even to eat an ordinary meal. But it might not be possible to keep away from immoral unbelievers, for then they would have to leave the world, because there are so many immoral people. Do you see the difference? When we are gathered around the Lord Jesus Christ to remember Him in His death, to take the bread and the wine, then there could be no known evil allowed in His Presence. It is because of His Holy Person that the care must be taken. When Christians receive any person who claims to be a believer, it is usually because they are not conscious of having the Lord's presence in the midst.
Stephen's position, for a brief
moment, is a living example of what the believer's
relationship is today, both as to the Lord within the
veil, and to the world in which he lives... The one who
beholds the glory of the Lord is changed into the same
1 CORINTHIANS 6
1 Cor 6:1-11 Another evil which was going on in the assembly at Corinth. When they had an argument with a person over something which they owned, they were taking that person to court. He tells them that the better way is to give in and take the loss. Then he reminds them that the believers are going to judge the world and angels too! If that be so, surely they could settle their disputes.
1 Cor 6:9-11 He reminds them that a greater Judge (God) sees everything.
1 Cor 6:12-20 The city of Corinth was one of the most depraved, immoral cities, yet the Greeks were the most educated, clever thinkers, whose writings are still in the world. Greek philosophy is spreading once more. The believers had formerly been living in all this corruption. After they had been saved a while, the first love was cooling, and they were beginning to go back to their old habits. They were falling into the trap of thinking that so long as they were pure in spirit, they could do what they liked with their bodies. They are reminded that the Holy Spirit lived in their bodies.
My need today... not self-vindication but self-renunciation... not avenging wrongs but enduring them. &nb sp;
1 CORINTHIANS 7
The subject of marriage is next. You will notice that sometimes Paul says he writes at the commandment of God, and other times he says he is giving his opinion. But never forget that the whole chapter is inspired. However, God makes a higher distinction. The commandments of Paul are God's revelation. The opinions of Paul are by God's inspiration. Never forget that the whole chapter is inspired - it is all God's Word. Marriage is a beautiful picture of the relationship between Christ the Bridegroom, and us the bride. We, the bride-to-be of Christ, do not tell Him what to do. We are subject (obedient) to Him.
1 Cor 7:20-24 In those days there were many slaves. Some of them heard about the Lord Jesus Christ, and accepted Him as Savior. Now they might wonder what they should do.
1 Cor 7:22 But those who were free should remember that when they accepted Christ as their Savior, they became His servant! This is good for us to remember in a land of liberty.
1 Cor 7:25-40 Then we have different relationships mentioned. Notice how the Lord or His coming is brought into each problem. It makes it easier to solve. The believer is in a changing world. All will pass away. We are to live with this thought in mind.
1 Cor 7:40 The fewer entanglements, the happier she would be.
If God's gospel is glorious... His power infinite... His righteousness perfect... what must His wrath be!
1 CORINTHIANS 8
Now the subject of idols. There were two things to learn about in this. Firstly, that the idol was nothing. Secondly, that they must remember that it might be something to the conscience of other believers. Some believers might connect the idols with demons, and feel that they should not eat meat which had been offered to an idol in a heathen temple.
1 Cor 8:1 A person who had knowledge that an idol was nothing, had to be careful. Love for God, and concern for one another, are needed. We must remember that the greater the knowledge the greater the responsibility.
1 Cor 8:7 If a person has a bad conscience about something, he must stop doing it, or he is going to lose his sweet confidence toward the Lord.
1 Cor 8:13 Paul says this because he had such love for his brethren, the believers.
If the poor thief bore the fruit of his sins from man, the Lord of glory at his side was bearing the fruit of them from God.
1 CORINTHIANS 9
1 Cor 9:1-2 Some of the Corinthians were asking if he really had the power and authority from God which he was claiming. He tells them that they themselves, having been saved through his preaching, were proof that he was a special apostle from God.
1 Cor 9:4-6 He had the right to marry like any other person. But he had willingly given up that right for the Lord's sake. Possibly he was thinking of chap. 7:33.
1 Cor 9:7-23 The Old Testament scriptures taught that when an ox was working, it should not be muzzled - Deut. 25:4. In our verse and 1 Tim 5:18, God is teaching us that those who spend their full time preaching the gospel should be supported by those who have accepted the Lord Jesus. Paul, however, would not accept anything from the Corinthian assembly, because they were acting so badly.
1 Cor 9:18 Paul would not use the right he had to accept money from them so that the gospel would not cost them anything.
1 Cor 9:19 None of the other apostle had sent him out to preach. But he takes a lower place than they all.
1 Cor 9:20-23 He wasn't trying to make people into being Jews, he wanted them to turn to the Lord Jesus. He put himself to no end of trouble to win them to Christ.
1 Cor 9:24-27 Athletes give up all kinds of things while they are in training. Their aim is to win the prize. Their prizes fade away and perish, but the rewards which a believer wins are incorruptible, they can never fade.
The law demands strength from one who has none, and curses for failure.......the gospel gives strength to one who has none, and blesses him for using it.
1 CORINTHIANS 10, Verses 1-14
Much can be learned from today's reading, but you will need to concentrate if you want to get the teaching it contains. The way God deals with Israel is very similar to how He deals with us believers in our day of grace. They were a redeemed people by the blood of the lamb in Egypt. So they are to be looked at as a picture (type) of us believers who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. God was very kind to them, He is so kind to us. On their part, they were very disobedient and unfaithful, we must admit that we are likewise, very often.
1 Cor 10:1-4 God does everything. He delivers Israel out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, through the wilderness.
1 Cor 10:5-6 Now comes their responsibility, with warnings. Notice the warnings are for us. Israel took advantage of God's kindness, and, as a result many perished in the wilderness (Num 14:29, 30, 35).
1 Cor 10:7-10 Four verses beginning with the word "neither". That means that we are being warned, not they.
1 Cor 10:11 This is the key to open our understanding of all these ten verses. They are like true believers today who are not living in the truth they know. They are not growing spiritually, and therefore seem as if dead.
1 Cor 10:12-13 Also some only pretend they are believers. Many others, think they are Christians, but are not. Those who are truly the Lord's shall be preserved, though they will not have peace and joy in their life so long as they have things on their conscience.
The law commands... but gives me neither
feet nor hands.
1 CORINTHIANS 10, Verses 15-33
At this verse a great change takes place in this book. In all these chapters up to verse 14 of today's chapter, Paul has been writing to those who professed to be believers. Some were merely professors. In other words, he has been writing to the house of God at Corinth. God has let these two groups, that is, the true believers and those who only claim to be, go on together all through the "day of grace" period (now). When Paul was writing to the first group, he had opened with the subject of divisions among them (chapter 1:10-17).
But when he writes to the true believers (from verse 16 to the end of the book), Paul opens with the subject of unity among them, and how it is displayed... the Lord's table. Every true believer is in the unity of the one body (12:13), but every one does not keep the unity of the Spirit because we are told to be diligent to maintain it (Eph. 4:3). Let us ask ourselves these questions - "Am I endeavoring to maintain the unity of the Spirit? Does my not keeping that unity touch my conscience?" These questions should be seriously considered by every reader of these lines. Some day every one of us is going to have to answer to the Lord personally.
1 Cor 11:16-17 The blood of Christ is the foundation of the union of all believers while on earth. The cup of wine is the communion of that oneness. The one loaf (bread) is the symbol of that unity. Communion is having common joy in a common object... Christ is that Object. There obviously cannot be 2 unities for Christ is not divided (1 Cor. 1:13).
1 Cor 11:18-22 The illustration of this is the altar - worship of Old Testament Israel (Lev. 7:11-34, but verses 15 and 19 mainly). The man who brought the sacrifice, ate part of it, but his friends must be clean, because they were partakers with him. For us today to be able to find Christ as the one gathering center requires separation from moral and doctrinal evil. We know when we are there. It is the Holy Spirit who gathers us, for it is His unity (Eph. 4:3).
1 Cor 11:23-33 We believers aren't to do the things which please ourselves. We must think of the effect this has on other believers. We are to consider the other person's conscience.
Why does a lost soul not believe? Because they don't believe that God is as good as He is; because the gift of Christ is too great for them; because their confidence is in themselves or at least they have no confidence in God.
1 CORINTHIANS 11, Verses 1-16
1 Cor 11:1-16 Here is an everyday problem; is a woman to wear a covering on her head when she prays? Some people try to evade the clearness of these verses by saying that her hair is her covering. If so, the hair would likewise be a covering for the man. But verse 4 makes it plain that a covering, not hair, is meant. Scripture would then use the word "shorn", as it does in verse 6. A compromise in this leads to compromise on other things. The man is the head of the woman, and she puts a covering on her physical head to show she realizes that there is authority over her.
1 Cor 11:10 When a woman does this, she is seen by the angels, and it is a good witness. Angels ought not to see things done incorrectly, they can learn too!
1 Cor 11:7 The man represents God, although he surely has failed to live up to the position. Sometimes a monument is built to represent a certain man. It might not be exactly the same as the man, but it represents him. So man represents God. Man was originally made sinless. Man keeps the place of being the head, even though he is a fallen creature. When a woman who is a believer sees this, and believes God's Word, then she will have no doubts that she should keep her head covered when she prays. And she does not pray out loud in the presence of a man.
1 Cor 11:16 There is to be no arguing about this point!
Rather than preach about Christ, preach Christ.
1 CORINTHIANS 11, Verses 17-34
1 Cor 11:17-19 Again we come to sad things in the assembly... divisions. This comes from disobedience. We can see why there were disorders in this assembly. "Heresies" and "sects" are the same thing. A man who divides believers is doing evil.
1 Cor 11:19 Many people say, "oh well, everyone has their opinion, it doesn't matter". But this verse shows that God is not pleased with divisions, and He will show who is right.
1 Cor 11:20-34 The eating of the Lord's supper, (chapter 10 deals with the Lord's table). Paul received his instructions about this by revelation. The truth concerning the assembly and the unity of the body (all believers) were committed to Paul to tell.
1 Cor 11:23-26 The privilege of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is to be gathered to His name, and to take the bread and the wine with all those who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart - 2 Tim 2:22. May the Lord give each one of us a tender conscience about this.
1 Cor 11:27-34 But if we are careless in the way we remember the Lord, we leave ourselves open to be condemned by the Lord Himself. That doesn't mean we would go to hell, but we would be guilty of a serious evil. It would be like insulting the Lord Jesus. And he says that this sort of thing going on, was the reason why many believers were sick. Many had even died!
Soul winners are not soul winners because of what they know, but because of Whom they know, and how well they know Him, and how much they long for others to know HIM.
1 CORINTHIANS 12, Verses 1-13
When we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Spirit of God comes to live in our body. He contrasts this power with the power of demons, which is just as real!
1 Cor 12:2 He reminds them that they used to be under the power of these demons.
1 Cor 12:3 No one, speaking in the power of the Spirit of God says "curse on Jesus". And in contrast, no one can say "Lord Jesus" unless in the power of the Holy Spirit. Did you ever notice that when people curse, they never say this? They may take His name in vain, but not in this way.
1 Cor 12:4-11 God gives different believers different powers. But please notice that one person does not receive several gifts. A man who assumes a place among believers where he has to use more than one or two gifts is plainly in an unscriptural position.
1 Cor 12:13 All believers are in the one body. This unity cannot be divided.
The Word... instructs us, encourages, warns and, if necessary, humbles us.
1 CORINTHIANS 12, Verses 14-31
1 Cor 12:14 Warnings against setting up one man above others as in one-man ministry. As worshippers of God, all believers are equal.
1 Cor 12:15 Warnings against being independent of other believers. God wants all His children to be gathered around Christ, taking no other name but His.
1 Cor 12:14-31 A human body, if healthy, works in harmony... all members are necessary. The head controls all the body. We believers are all different members of the body of Christ. The Lord is the Head. Satan has succeeded in dividing believers into many denominations, thus depriving the Lord Jesus of some honor.
The Bible's positive proofs are all in itself... the sun needs no light by which to see it.
1 CORINTHIANS 13
This is the "charity" or "love" chapter. Yesterday we had the gifts and power which God gives to us. Tomorrow, the abilities which God may give. Today we read of the "oil" which makes both "machines" work. That oil is love. God is love. This chapter is speaking about love and reality. If we have the first, we have the second. It is not a definition of what love means, but rather how love works! But remember, this is divine love, God's love. Human love fades when there is no response to it. Divine love doesn't.
1 Cor 13:5 Thinking about evil depresses our soul. We easily think that the evil is greater than the good. Love will go on in heaven, there being no evil to interfere. All these verses give us the characteristics of love. Two tell us what love is. Eight tell us what love does not do. Six tell us what God does.
1 Cor 13:13 Faith, hope and love are the three things which a happy believer shows. They are all for the present life, but the last one will go on for all eternity.
As Jesus came from God and went to God...so does the Book that divinely reveals Him.
1 CORINTHIANS 14, Verses 1-20
1 Cor 14:1-3 We are given abilities by the Holy Spirit in order to help other believers. To prophesy is to speak to them so as to teach, to encourage and comfort... to stir up, build up and bind up.
1 Cor 14:4-40 Instructions were given as to the use of the gift of speaking in tongues, that is, to be able to speak in other languages about the Lord. The apostle insists on the necessity for making oneself understood, whether the man speaks, or sings or prays (verses 15-16).
1 Cor 14:18-19 Paul spoke in more languages that all, and wanted what was being said to be understood.
1 Cor 14:20 In the Corinthian assembly they were enjoying these gifts for themselves as evidence of the Spirit's power, without anyone being helped. And this is of no value. Pride lifted up those who were showing off these gifts. Love doesn't think of the individual speaking, but only of the help received by what was being said.
The truth in the Word brings the soul to God, for in it He has revealed Himself.
1 CORINTHIANS 14, Verses 21-40
1 Cor 14:22 This verse is disregarded by those who say that you haven't been fully blessed until you can speak in tongues. Acts 8:14-17 tells that these Samaritans who believed, were baptized, then received the Holy Ghost, but nothing is said about their speaking in tongues.
1 Cor 14:23-24 If a visitor coming into the assembly did not understand what was being said, he would consider everyone out of their mind. But prophecy would reach his conscience, and make him realize that God was there.
1 Cor 14:26-33 The tendency was for everyone to feel that he had to speak. So instruction is given here for the orderly conduct and help of the assembly. Only one man was to speak at a time, two or three in total.
1 Cor 14:32 Each one who spoke was master of himself, and could control himself. What a rebuke all this is to modern day speaking in tongues in our lands. The gibberish is done by a crowd, including women, and no one understands the noises. Satan's power is to imitate the Spirit's power.
1 Cor 14:33-35 Women were to be silent in the assembly. Today we hear all kinds of arguments brought out to justify the disobedience to the plain Word of God.
1 Cor 14:36-40 This speaking in tongues didn't originate with them, and it didn't only come to them. Why not then listen to the apostle who had brought the good news to them by the commandment of the Lord? To acknowledge that what Paul said was from God would be a test of their spirituality. Always remember that these chapters are to correct errors, not to commend the believers.
If I would let the pure Word of God abide in my heart and operate in my feet, I would find that it would clear my mind.
1 CORINTHIANS 15, Verses 1-28
1 Cor 15:1-11 Imaginations, arguments, and false views concerning the resurrection of the body had come in too. Some were denying the resurrection of the dead. Yet the resurrection of Christ was a vital part of this gospel they had heard from Paul and had believed.
1 Cor 15:12-19 If there was no resurrection of the dead, then Christ was not raised, and they had believed for nothing, for they therefore would be yet in their sins.
1 Cor 15:20 Glorious, victorious; taking the sting of death out of every of believer's funeral.
1 Cor 15:21-23 All in Adam's family die; all in Christ's family shall be made alive. (The resurrection of the lost is not mentioned here).
1 Cor 15:24-28 Christ will eventually give up His kingdom (at the end of the millennium) after all His enemies are put under His feet - including death - that God, (as God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in One), may be all in all. Verses 20 to 28 are a parenthesis. This helps us to understand the next two verses. Read 17, 18, l9, 29 and 30 all at once.
To attempt to use the Word of God without the teaching of the Spirit, brings me into rationalism... to presume to have the Spirit of God without the Word, leads me into fanaticism.
1 CORINTHIANS 15, Verses 29-58
1 Cor 15:29-30 These verses don't mean to be baptized for a person who had already died. What they do mean is that baptism signifies identifying myself (as well as all those who have already died believing) with the death of Christ. If there be no resurrection, what would be the use of becoming a Christian? If the dead don't rise (verse 16) then those believers who had died have perished. Baptism in those days was so serious an act that those who did get baptized put themselves in a position where they might be murdered at any moment. Like giving yourself up for dead.
1 Cor 15:33-34 Satan was introducing these lies to cause people to indulge in evil.
1 Cor 15:35-36 Paul describes these thoughts as foolish.
1 Cor 15:37-44 The body that has been redeemed is the body that shall be raised, although changed to a glorified body fit for heaven.
1 Cor 15:45-49 The first Adam and the last Adam (Christ) are contrasted, also the earthly with that which is heavenly. We believers are now like our Head - we are heavenly.
1 Cor 15:50-54 The mystery is explained. (Read 1st Thess. 4:13-18. The coming of the Lord for us believers). In an army, the last trumpet was the one that set them in motion.
1 Cor 15:55-58 If this truth takes a hold of us, it makes us diligent in serving the Lord.
Doctrinal truth concerning the Church is only found in... 1 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, Ephesians, and Colossians... the others tell us how to live this teaching.
1 CORINTHIANS 16
Paul returns to the subject of money. He loved the Lord's people, and if the spiritual things he had been writing about took a hold of them, then he could write about the everyday living of the Christian life.
1 Cor 16:3-7 The believers in Jerusalem were poor. He desired to take money to them to help them. Christianity is living for the help and good of others... their physical needs as well as their spiritual.
1 Cor 16:10-11 Timothy was inclined to be timid, and the Corinthians were inclined to be worldly and proud. They were to take good care of him.
1 Cor 16:13-14 A stirring call to faithfulness.
1 Cor 16:15-16 Faithful men were to be submitted to.
1 Cor 16:22 There was to be no mixing; Christianity is whole-hearted. None at Corinth are saluted by name.
1 Cor 16:24 Paul's love closes this
wonderful book. The errors he warned against, still exist
today amongst believers. Did you benefit? Are you willing
to act in obedience to God's Word?
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