1 Corinthians 1:12-13 Case Closed

1 Corinthians 1:12-13 (KJV)
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

I think too many forget that this passage is written to a single local church. To apply it to an imaginary invisible universal church may seem to be the easiest, but it is by no means the most accurate interpretation. This church was facing division. These people within it were claiming unholy loyalties. Paul meant to put an end to it.

Paul’s central argument was this, “…was Paul Crucified for you?” Paul had come to Corinth to establish that church. He had preached the gospel that led to their salvation. He had taught and trained them in the truths associated with their faith but he was not the One who had died, was buried and rose again for them.

And neither were any of their other heroes.

  • Case closed
  • Slammed shut
  • No more argument

Jesus Christ alone was their Saviour and to Christ alone they must give allegiance.

Interestingly, there was a dividing faction in the church that did claim, “I am of Christ”. The context demands that this group, though sounding holy, were equally in the wrong.

John Gill writes concerning those who claimed “I am of Christ“,
“They were for Christ without his ministers; they were wiser than their teachers; they were above being under any ministrations and ordinances; as the others attributed too much to the ministers of the Gospel, these detracted too much from them, and denied them to be of any use and service. Some persons may be, in such sense, for Christ, as to be blame worthy; as when they use his name to deceive men, or divide his interest.”

Our loyalties belong strictly to Christ who will always lead us to,

Hebrews 13:17 (KJV)
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

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Acts 10:6 What We Ought To Do

Acts 10:6 (KJV)
He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

God told Cornelius that there was a man who would tell him, “..what thou oughtest to do.

  • He would not tell him what he had to do.
  • He would not tell him what others thought he should do.
  • He would not tell him what the philosophers and scholars suggested he do.

He would tell him what he ought to do.

Peter’s words would come not from books or traditions handed down from Judaism. Peter’s words would come from:

  • His three years experience with Jesus,
  • His own understanding of the Word of God and
  • His anointing with the Holy Spirit of God

Very few people like to be told what to do but everyone needs a preacher to tell them what they ought to do.

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Mark 9:8 (KJV) Jesus Only

Mark 9:8 (KJV)
And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

Peter, James and John were privileged to witness the transfiguration of Christ but, like so many privileges, they were in danger of getting their focus on the wrong things. This wasn’t about elevating Moses and Elias. The point was to see Christ for who He is, the glorified Son of God.

They were in danger of putting men, great as they were, on the same plane as Christ. God brought them to the crux of the faith; God brought them to just Christ and themselves.

In the world of:

  • politics and politicians
  • motive and motivators
  • empires and emperors

it is vital that we who are Christians narrow our focus down to just Christ and ourselves.

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Mark 9:8 (KJV) Jesus Only

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Mark 7:2 (KJV) Fault Finders

Mark 7:2 (KJV)
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

I have not verified it but would suspect that this is where the term finding fault originates.

The Pharisees and scribes, who came from Jerusalem, came to find fault. If it had not been for this it would have been for something else.

Anyone trying to do good and accomplish something with their life will run in to fault finders. They came looking for something to complain about. It is irrelevant what it is they found because if they had not found fault with what they found they would have found fault with something else. We should not be burdened by their accusations.

Jesus rebuffed their accusations with the truth of the Bible. He merely turned the situation around, pointed out that they had made the Word of God of none effect and moved forward with His work.

I do not believe that, for the most part, it does is any good to try to answer the faultfinders (Jesus had power that no one else possesses). Usually it’s just best to search the Scriptures, be sure we are in line with that, and press on.  The faultfinders will find fault with that too, but move forward anyway.

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Mark 7:2 (KJV) Fault Finders

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Mark 3:21 (KJV) Jesus Had Friends?

Mark 3:21 (KJV)
And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

Does it amaze us that Christ would have friends who were not (at least at this time) believers? He had grow up from a small child in Nazareth. There He had relatives through His mother and nearly kin through His stepfather, Joseph.  No doubt during those years Jesus had become well acquainted with people who cared for Him as the good person He surely was even though they probably thought His ideas fanciful and maybe immature. “He will grow out of them.” They may have said among themselves.

It is unlikely we have lived long without making some friendships on this level. At school or work or in some other public setting we have likely made friendships that exist despite and not because of our faith. These friends are well meaning but, like those of Christ, may try to hinder our spiritual life.

There came this point in time when the relationship with those friends came to a make or break point. They tried to rescue Jesus from the consequences of His faith; He remained steadfast in that faith. I believe many of those friends came to accept Him as Saviour after this. I am sure many others gave up on Him and walked away.

As we live for the Lord our friends who are not of the faith will almost certainly find themselves at a crossroads at some point; they will come to urge us not to get too wrapped up in our Christianity. They will think they are protecting us to keep us from going overboard in our belief. We must stand firm and true to Christ and when we do, many of them will give up on us. But others will come to trust the Saviour upon which we rest.

 

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Mark 3:21 (KJV) Jesus Had Friends?

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Matthew 3:13 (KJV) Motivation for Baptism

Matthew 3:13 (KJV)
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

It is impossible to get over the grace, the condescension and the humility of this act. God became man and dwelt among us. Then God with us submitted Himself to be baptized.

This act, if for no other reason, ought to give every believer motivation to follow Christ in baptism

  • By faith in Christ
  • By immersion as was Christ
  • By the proper authority as was Christ

To my reader:
Have you been baptized Scripturally? Be sure to follow the Lord in this important ordinance. I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 3:13 (KJV) Motivation for Baptism

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2 Samuel 20:4-6 (KJV) The Right Sort of Follow

2 Samuel 20:4-6 (KJV)
Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.
So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

One of the greatest concerns that President Lincoln faced during the early years of the Civil War was the ineffectiveness of his generals. McClellan was especially guilty of this because he had, at the beginning of the war, a clear and huge advantage over the South in numbers of troops but was too cautious to use them. McClellan’s inactivity, choosing to build and train troops rather than getting them into the field of action, created conflict between he and President Lincoln and probably extended the war by a number of years. It was not until General Grant took charge of the Army that President Lincoln finally had a man who understood and was willing to fight on the level that expected.

David found himself in the same place. Joab had proven himself to be an untrustworthy leader, choosing to do things his own way rather than following the orders of the King. Amasa was put in charge of the army over Joab. But Amasa turned out to be a pour choice for a general in that he tarried longer than he should have, giving the enemy valuable time to mount an effective campaign against King David. Joab, though crude and brash, knew how to get the job done.

Good servanthood is a combination of the two. It is loyal and devoted to the wishes of the leader and, at the same time, active and aggressive in the work.

Christians ought to be solidly for God, not willing to do anything in opposition to the Word of God, even for what we believe to be the good of God’s work. At the same time we need to be aggressive in doing all that the Lord has commanded in His Word.

To my reader:
The combination of aggressive obedience to the Word of God without crossing over into willful presumption is a rare quality indeed. Take a moment to ask God to examine your heart. Are you loyal enough to God to not presume to do the will of God while at the same time fully obeying what you know to be His will? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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2 Samuel 20:4-6 (KJV) The Right Sort of Follow

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Matthew 22:34 (KJV) How To Silence a Sadducee

Matthew 22:34 (KJV)
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

Jesus put the Sadducees to silence but He did not convince them of the truth. We have mistaken our calling if we have come to believe that our duty is to convince everyone we speak to of the truth of the Gospel. Though we would like to see it, though we must preach with the passion to affect it, the reality is that:

  • Jesus didn’t see it
  • The world has never wholeheartedly accepted Christ and
  • To expect it can skew our methods of ministry

We stop their words with one tool; refusal to budge on the Bible.

To my reader:
We often become disappointed in the results of our work because we misunderstand the purpose of our work. Our job is not to convert the world but be witnesses to the world. Steadfastness to the truths of the Bible; that is our calling. I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 22:34 (KJV) How To Silence a Sadducee

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Matthew 20:1 (KJV) Lessons in Life

Matthew 20:1 (KJV)
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

Jesus used the phrase, “the kingdom of heaven is like” on a number of occasions. The use of these similes and parables is a demonstration that the tabernacle was not the only thing that was made after the pattern of heavenly things.

God has put wonderful lessons concerning life, spiritual freedom and heavenly promises all around us. They are so abundant and so obvious that they are, in part, why even the person who has never heard is without excuse. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God, these parables preach the path to God if we will but hear.

A few caveats concerning these parables:

  • They can become blurred through lack of use and therefore come into focus only through exercise
  • They must always be filtered through the lens of God’s word . The devil knows how to pitch a parable too.
  • They should never take the place of God’s Word lest our audience begin to magnify human wisdom rather that God’s revelation.

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Matthew 20:1 (KJV) Lessons in Life

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Matthew 19:6 (KJV) Marriage: Two Being One

Matthew 19:6 (KJV)
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Being a pastor for the last thirty-two years, I get to spend a good deal of time trying to help young couples work through marriage issues. Anyone who is married has marriage issues? Very often those who come to speak with me are in the early years of marriage, most often, less that ten years. Those who have been married less than five years are often disheartened that they disagree at all. They believed marriage would be bliss. They were under no illusion, they assure me, that their marriage would be perfect but they didn’t expect marriage to be this difficult. They didn’t know they would disagree this much. They didn’t realize they would be required to change as much as they have.

The Bible says of the first marriage, and Jesus reasserts in this passage, that the marriage of a man and a woman is God making of them one flesh. Two become one. That has to be a difficult process. It isn’t something magical like the Catholic transubstantiation. It is a process whereby those pieces of the individual lives that push away from the unity of the two lives is shaved away. The husband and the wife each find that they become different than they were so that they can become one with their mate.

It is a slow process. It won’t happen in a week or in a year. It may take all of ten years and it could take longer than that.

The point of Jesus’ words was that, whatever it takes, stay in the work of the two being one. Don’t let anything make the one two again.

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Matthew 19:6 (KJV) Marriage: Two Being One

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