1 Corinthians 16:10-11 That Type Of Man

1 Corinthians 16:10-11 (KJV)
Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.

As much as they challenged and disrespected the Apostle Paul, I cannot imagine they would give Timothy or Apollos any great respect. No wonder Paul couldn’t say with certainty when or if they would come.

What is amazing is that Paul insisted that he would come and, if God permitted, stay there some time. This church had challenged

  • His apostleship,
  • His call, and
  • His credentials.

They doubted his boldness and did not believe he would look them in the face and call them out for their sins.

He had soundly rebuked them and assured them that he was being gracious in the letters.  He had caused them to sorrow and their sorrow had brought them to repentance.

It would not have been difficult to ignore the problem by avoiding them.

Not Paul.

A real man does not back down from challenge[1]. Paul was that type of man.

[1]I certainly do not mean that a real man is confrontational and obnoxious. I only mean that he does not shirk from and avoid situations that must be addressed.

 

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1 Corinthians 16:10-11 That Type Of Man

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1 Corinthians 15:6-11 The Last Shall Be First

1 Corinthians 15:6-11 (KJV)
After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

Life is a fabric woven together over time. It is not one event after the other. So too those themes that Paul deals with the Corinthians about find their way again and again in the fabric of his letters to them.

  • The subject of spiritual labor
  • The subject of authority
  • The subject of the church
  • The subject of communion

Surface once and again as Paul works his way through this book.

There are other subjects addressed such as spiritual gifts and even the resurrection, but they are couched in the context of these broader (I would never consider the resurrection “secondary”) subjects.

In a text that takes us back to Jesus’s own words, Matthew 19:30,
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Paul, who was:

  • The last of the apostles,
  • The last to see the resurrected Christ and
  • The last of them to be taught by Christ (while in the desert)

became the most well known of them all and the one whose impact has most influenced our world.

 

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1 Corinthians 15:6-11 The Last Shall Be First

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1 Corinthians 13:8 The Reason Why Charity

1 Corinthians 13:8 (KJV)
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

This chapter focuses on the word charity – a unique form of love that a Christian has toward his church. The main points of the chapter are:

The importance of charity
Vs 1-3

The character of charity
Vs 4-7

The endurance of charity
Vs 8

The maturity of charity
Vs 9-12

The primacy of charity
Vs 13

The reason why charity is the greatest of the three[1]is because it never fails. The reason why it is so important is because it does not give up.

It is childish to quit. It is immature and unchristlike to stop before a thing is finished. None of us are perfect. We see things imperfectly. We do things imperfectly. We will not be perfect until we get to glory.

This one thing we can do right now – never quit.

[1]1 Corinthians 13:8 (KJV)
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

 

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1 Corinthians 13:8 The Reason Why Charity

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1 Corinthians 11:33 Our Duty

1 Corinthians 11:33 (KJV)
Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

We live in a day when many place no stock in doctrine. Subjects such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper, over which early professors of faith divided, defended and even died, have been relegated to secondary matters over which charity must prevail.[1]

We’ve come to the place that unity is so prized that nothing is considered an essential.

The chapter we consider today is all about authority.
The bulk of the chapter has to do with the Lord’s Supper but the Apostle introduces that topic first with a treatise on the chain of authority beginning at Almighty God. His conclusion is that it is not customary or proper for a Christian to be contentious against authority.

From there the subject of the Lord’s Supper is introduced with a few words about heresy.
I take it that the Apostle would have considered misuse of the Lord’s Supper as both contentious and heretical.

Next comes the bulk of the teaching.

Finally the subject ends with a warning.
To eat the Supper unworthily brings illness and even death upon wayward believers.

And then we are given this conclusion
Wherefore my brethren” on account of the serious nature of the practice of the Lord’s Supper “tarry one for another.” The point isn’t to wait for others to arrive before we begin but to wait on one another. When it comes to the Lord’s Supper we ought to consider it our duty both to serve one another at the table and to serve one another in preparing ourselves spiritually and doctrinally before the table.

[1]In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity -Rupertus Meldenius

 

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1 Corinthians 11:33 Our Duty

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1 Corinthians 8:8 When Liberty Kills

1 Corinthians 8:8 (KJV)
But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

If it is appropriate to liken the eating of meat to our standards of personal separation, and I believe it is, then what we see here is that these standards of separation have little bearing on our relationship with God. So far as God is concerned, the one who ate the meat was neither better nor worse than the one who did not. The one who did not eat the meat was neither better nor worse than the one who did not. The issue of standards is not between the believer and God at all.

The verses following clearly teach that the issue, a serious one, is between the believer and others, especially others believers.

1 Corinthians 8:9-11
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

The key to the passage is in verse eleven, “the weak brother perish.” That it speaks of a believer is apparent in the word “brother.” The word perish does not mean, in this case, go to hell or perhaps even die. It means his own spiritual walk is killed. He becomes discouraged, disheartened. This one who had such potential for bearing fruit for God becomes stunted, barren and spiritually lifeless.

Consider your own history as a Christian. Have you not seen one who seemed so on fire for God get swept away into worldliness and a less useful Christian service because someone convinced them they were good enough without being sold out for Christ? I have watched people who were once faithful and involved in the ministry make friendships with others less faithful and involved and they then grow less faithful and involved. They did not stop being Christians. They did not lose their salvation. But they did die to their once enthusiastic service to the Lord.

Take heed that your own sense of liberty doesn’t kill someone else’s sense of sacrificial service to Jesus.

 

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1 Corinthians 8:8 When Liberty Kills

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1 Corinthians 7:1-2 An Alternative to Alternative Lifestyles

1 Corinthians 7:1-2 (KJV)
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

Our culture puts such an emphasis on marriage that a person is thought of as strange if they do not marry within a few years of adulthood. It seems to me that the Apostle Paul, in this chapter, taught about the opposite. Over and over again he references that the best would be to stay single and dedicated to God. He does not forbid marriage. I would even say he recognizes that the majority both of men and women ought to be married. He uses marriage as a picture of the relationship of Christ and the church. It is certainly not sinful or wrong to be married. It can be a pattern of what heaven will be like. One the other hand, he does present this alternative; singleness devoted to the Lord. This chapter then is filled with instructions on how to address the challenges of marriage. If one must marry he or she must understand that there will be difficulties associated with it.

Our world has elevated the married life to the point where they have to make new and evolving perverted norms concerning this relationship. People, who should never have gotten married, find they can’t stand their spouse so divorce laws had to be loosened to let them break free. But we are so pushed toward marriage that new norms had to be created for remarriage. This hasn’t worked out so well so many decided to live as if they were married, only without the formality of legal marriage. New norms and levels of acceptance have come to bear on this practice. Of course, some still can’t bear the extended companionship of a heterosexual relationship so they assumed they must be attracted to homosexual relationships instead. Pressure has been so great that our society is beginning to write new rules of culture allowing that homosexual relationships be granted the same legal rights as traditional marriage. This has then opened up doors to even more possibilities of perverse relationships. These relationships have not been any more satisfying for the participants than traditional marriage and the problems have compounded. Much of this could be avoided if our society only presented and offered acceptance of the Pauline possibility-that of a life dedicated solely to God.

I understand the aversion to it. It smacks of Roman Catholicism, its forbidding of marriage to its priests and nuns (and the terrible abuses that have arisen from it). I am not speaking of forbidding anybody from marriage. I am only advocating for the possibility that a person’s calling in this life might be one without the burdens associated with marriage. You might ask, “What about the blessings of marriage such a person would miss out on?” First, if those blessings are such that they can’t do without them, they are absolutely free to marry. Second, God is more than capable of replacing those blessings with others far greater.

This gets us to the root of the trouble. We don’t believe God. The reason our world would not teach this alternative lifestyle is because they don’t believe God. (I said believe and not believe in because I am convinced every human believes in god of some sort, they just don’t believe God as He has revealed Himself in the Word of God.) This trouble extends into Christianity where we tend to believe God only so far as we are comfortable.

If we thoroughly believed God we would be open to the possibility of a life solely dedicated to God.

 

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1 Corinthians 7:1-2 An Alternative to Alternative Lifestyles

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1 Corinthians 6:15-20 Know Ye Not?

1 Corinthians 6:15-20 (KJV)
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

This chapter contains four “Know ye not” statements, things the Word of God assumes a Christian ought to know:

That we shall judge angels
Vs 3

That the unrighteousness shall not inherit the kingdom of God
Vs 9

That our bodies are the members of Christ
Vs 15

That our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
Vs 19

Note the difference between bodies in vs 15 and body in vs 19.

The individual bodies of each Christian compose the members of the body of Christ and the body of Christ, the whole local church and not the individual member, is the temple of the Holy Ghost. No doubt we ought to glorify God as individual believers. The scriptural way to do that, according to this passage, is in participation with our church. As we perform as members of the body of Christ God places is in, we bring glory to God.

A believer who forsakes or neglects his church denies glory to God through disunity to that which Christ loved and gave himself for.

 

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1 Corinthians 6:15-20 Know Ye Not?

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1 Corinthians 5:6-7 We Become New

1 Corinthians 5:6-7 (KJV)
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

God uses humbling terms to refer to his own sometimes:

  • We are called children
  • We are called babes
  • We are called sheep
  • His church is referred to as a bride

Here we have the church referred to as a lump, as in a lump of bread dough.

The lump is worked over, kneaded vigorously, cut in pieces or stuffed in a pan then shoved into a hot oven to become something usable to the owner.

I am thrilled that in this case an old lump can become a new lump. Through Jesus Christ no church is locked into old leaven. No church has to be spewed out as distasteful to Christ.

If we will but recognize the leaven of sin and remove it we become brand new for the sake of the Lord.

 

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1 Corinthians 3:5 But Ministers

1 Corinthians 3:5 (KJV)
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

It would be wise if both the ministers and the ministered to keep in mind that we are all “but ministers.”

This is not to say the minister should not be:

  • Respected, his is a high office
  • Compensated, it is worthy of double honor
  • Obeyed, he watches for your soul

But he must never be worshipped.

 

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1 Corinthians 3:5 But Ministers

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Find a Way to Witness

 

  1. PHILIP FOUND SOMEONE TO HELP HIM BRING THEM TO JESUS

John 12:20-22 (KJV)
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

 

2. PETER PREACHED TO A CROWD ON PENTECOST

Acts 2:14 (KJV)
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

 

3. PETER AND JOHN HELPED A GUY WHO WAS CRIPPLED

Acts 3:1-7 (KJV)
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

 

4. PHILIP FOUND A GUY READING THE BIBLE

Acts 8:26-35 (KJV)
And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

 

5. BARNABAS AND SAUL TRAVELLED THE WORLD

Acts 13:2-4 (KJV)
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

6. EACH OF US NEEDS TO FIND A WAY

To be a witness and to see some saved.

Find a way to witness