1 Corinthians 3:10 The Saving Knowledge of Christ

1 Corinthians 3:10 (KJV)
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

The context of this passage is clearly that of putting our eyes on others, particularly a favorite preacher or ministry of God. 1 Corinthians 3:4 (KJV)
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

We see these leaders of men and just that, leaders, and if we do not take heed, we build our spiritual lives upon them and miss the true cornerstone, Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV)
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ

Though the Bible warns us, and preachers will remind us that men fail and fall; still, we are so prone to place more faith in them than is meet. Truly, the preacher struggles with the balance of being the one out front and yet not the one to whom the people look.

The audience the Word is addressing here is important as well. The letter is written to the church as a whole, not just the preachers – I even wonder if it is best to say it is primarily written to the church and not primarily to the preachers. 

How devastating it would be for a family in the church to look so highly upon their pastor or some other preacher that they entirely miss Jesus Christ and mislead their children, family, and friends away from the saving knowledge of Christ.

There is a vital role for the pastor and the preacher of God’s Word. But that role is not as the foundation of our spiritual lives.

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1 Corinthians 3:10 The Saving Knowledge of Christ

Job 9:11 A Glass Darkly

Job 9:11 (KJV)
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

Job’s concern ought to be that of every believer. We know God is. We even know God as our Saviour. We know something of His will and His eternal plan because we see it in the Bible. We see evidence of God all around us:

  • His Creation
  • His Grace
  • His prophecies fulfilled

He has written in our hearts the awareness of His existence. We know innately that life must be more than the few short years we walk on this planet. Heaven and hell are matters of which we do not have to be convinced. Rather, a soul must be talked out of believing in them.

But we see through a “glass darkly.”[1]

What we know most about God is that we know so little of God.

May we, as terrifying as it sometimes seems, surrender ourselves to His hand, that we might ever perceive Him when “He goeth by me.”


[1] 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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Job 9:11 A Glass Darkly

Job 7:12 Job Sinned Not

Job 7:12 (KJV)
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

I maintain that in all of this, “Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.”[1]

Job rather, I believe, sounds a bit like the Apostle Paul in Romans 7. He is a saved man who struggles with “the body of this death.”[2]

Bildad will soon make his reply. Bildad sounds just like the self-righteous. He preaches a religious message of success and satisfaction. However, Job knew something entirely different. He knew a relationship with God whereby we are sinners to the day we die, in need of the liberty that the next life will bring. Blessed be the name of the Lord, who sets a watch over our evil nature to mold us and make us like unto His Son, Jesus Christ.


[1] Job 1:22 (KJV)
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

[2] Romans 7:24 (KJV)
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

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Job 7:12 Job Sinned Not

1 Corinthians 1:11 Concerning Contention

1 Corinthians 1:11 (KJV)
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

Concerning these contentions in the church, we may see at least three things:
The Corinthians were ashamed of it
Or at least they did not wish the news to reach Paul. We know they wrote to him with questions, but they were not who told him of the contention.

The apostle was pained over it
This resulted in his addressing it early in the letter, even before he addressed their questions. 

The “whistleblowers” were here named
I take from that we should expect our words to be spread and that we should not agree to hear an accusation without the understanding that the accuser must be named. 

This whole thing would have been unnecessary if they had resolved their differences.  1 Corinthians 6:7 is the answer. 

I hate that division and contention happen in a church. It is unbecoming of Christians and is indicative of how wicked some of us are. 

God help us!

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1 Corinthians 1:11 Concerning Contention

Job 3:19 Never Forget Eternity

Job 3:19 (KJV)
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

While godly Christians long for heaven, no one in their right mind desires death. On the contrary, to dream too much of such things indicates troubles of the body and soul too painful for consolation. 

This is not to say that such pain is never a benefit. It certainly was for Job. This trial perfected and refined his faith. It brought him face to face with his God. Finally, he came through it bettered personally and a testimony to believers for millennia. 

His ruminations come from deep pain, but they are true. Death is the equalizer of men. 

  • Babies and aged
  • Royalty and paupers 
  • Wealthy and poor
  • Masters and servants 
  • Small and great

are on equal soil. 

Except for eternity. Never forget eternity. The rich man and Lazarus died equally, but that is the end of their equality. 

  • Lazarus was carried to Abraham’s bosom 
  • The rich man lifted up his eyes in hell

Never forget eternity. 

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Job 3:19 Never Forget Eternity

Job 1:20-21 Foolish Things

Job 1:20-21 (KJV)
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

I can just about hear someone accusing Job of being fatalistic, complacent, or, worse, lazy. Having received all this bad news, Job took no action except to fall to the ground and worship. 

Somebody believes he should have set about setting things right.

But the Bible says that in all this, Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly. 

The foolishness of this verse would have been “words spoken in haste.” It would have been foolish to do anything other than to wait upon the Lord and to worship. 

  • Foolish things are said when they are said in haste
  • Foolish things are done when they are done in haste

Spiritual maturity can afford to wait upon the Lord. 

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Job 1:20-21 Foolish Things

Romans 14:21 High Standards

Romans 14:21 (KJV)
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

At least one reason a Christian ought to maintain exceptionally high standards in his Christian walk is his love and care for others. 

The weaker Christian is the subject of Romans 14. He has not arrived at a place of grace. Instead, he struggles with rules for righteousness. If he practices grace, he is likely to do so more out of license, giving up on holiness and instead backsliding into worldliness. 

We, who know the Lord well, know that He does not judge us based on meat or holy days. He is not concerned with our dress or our gifts. He is not impressed with our performance. 

But there are some, saved and lost, who do not understand this. If we do not maintain high standards in our lives, we could quickly become a stumbling block, offend them, and weaken their opportunities to know the Lord as we do. 

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Romans 14:21 High Standards

Esther 6:3 Reward and Recognition

Esther 6:3 (KJV)
And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

It had been some time since Mordecai had uncovered the plot against the king. Yet, he had been acknowledged for it. Suddenly it appears that Mordecai, and the Jews as a people, would be exterminated. It seems his good deed was forgotten. Evil was going to come upon him and his nation for nothing else but their convictions concerning worship. 

But God had not forgotten. Mordecai’s good deed had been recorded, and, at the right moment, God brought it to the king’s attention. Had he been acknowledged immediately, who knows what would have become of Haman’s threat? God stored that recognition in a bank, ready to be redeemed when it was most needed. 

Listen, you may feel underappreciated and forgotten. That feeling is inaccurate. As we live for God, He stores up our life’s record. He will review it all at the judgment seat of Christ. Hang tight on God. Your reward and recognition are coming. 

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Esther 6:3 Reward and Recognition

Esther 5:11 A Social Skill

Esther 5:11 (KJV)
And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

This was a different culture than our own, but I don’t think people have changed all that much. I cannot imagine that Haman’s “friends,” or, for that matter, his wife enjoyed listening to the man brag about his wealth, his blessings, and his promotions. 

I say this somewhat tongue in cheek, but I wonder if those friends may secretly have wished Haman would hang on the gallows they advised him to build?

It’s a social skill. Gracious, thoughtful people don’t puff themselves like a peacock in front of their friends. 

  • True friends don’t need it
  • Fake ones won’t appreciate it

Humility is always a better attitude to present before others. 

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Esther 5:11 A Social Skill

Esther 4:2 A Terrible Strait

Esther 4:2 (KJV)
And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.

Mordecai was in a terrible strait. The order was for his death. But it was far more than that. If he were to die on the gallows Haman built, all the Jews in the kingdom, would also die, savagely. 

He had reason to fast, to mourn, and to put on sackcloth and ashes. But he kept about him a degree of sense and sensibility. 

  • He came before the king’s gate, but he did not enter. 
  • He maintained appropriate allegiance to the laws of the land. 

Facing such peril for not only himself but for all his people, he responded, but he did not overreact. He did not make the situation worse by growing angry and rebellious. He knew he had a resource in Esther, and he was willing to use that resource. But he did not respond in an aggressive or arrogant manner.  Truly, he waited upon the Lord. 

I see few believers willing to mourn, fast, and afflict themselves these days. But I see plenty of them who are eager to disregard the laws. We have reason to be concerned today. Perhaps there will come a time when we might rally to reverse things. Today is not that time. It is time today to fast, pray, humble ourselves, and wait upon the Lord. 

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Esther 4:2 A Terrible Strait