2 Corinthians 4:1 This Ministry

2 Corinthians 4:1 (KJV)
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

The ministry Apostle Paul spoke of was the ministry of grace. It was despised in his day. It was misunderstood and maligned. But it was the ministry God has given him and he dove into it with all his being. 

Now we have had a new sort of “ministry” thrust upon us. It is a ministry through the pandemic. It seems like there is no place on the planet that has not been impacted. It has reduced our church services to a small team to broadcast over the internet and radio. It has removed us from the faces of those we care for. It has left us with little to do but remain isolated and pray. 

May we not faint. May we take in hand the tools available to us and wield them in the might of the Holy Ghost. 

  • We can call
  • We can txt
  • We can encourage through electronic means
  • WE CAN PRAY

Lord, teach us to pray. 

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2 Corinthians 4:1 This Ministry

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2 Corinthians 3:11 We Will Be Better

2 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV)
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

It is very clear that the thing done away is the Old Testament law and the thing that remains is New Testament grace. Today I was reminded of the refiner’s fire how, in the furnace, the dross rises to the surface and is then removed.

It happened in the United States. The Civil War was a terrible fire. But what remained when it was over was a much greater world influence than could have been prior. 

The current situation may not be the worst our world, our country or even our citizens have or will ever see, but it is certainly more dramatic than anything I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t have imagined a time when the government would force the closure of churches and the majority of Christians would agree. I do not see how we can come out of this the same as we entered it. 

Here’s the good news. God is alive. This virus (and the media that has whipped it into a panic) has not caught God off guard. We will be different when this thing is over. 

We will be better. 

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2 Corinthians 3:11 We Will Be Better

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2 Corinthians 1:10 God Will Protect

2 Corinthians 1:10 (KJV)
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

I realize that any personal application of a passage such as this sets us on less than steady ground. God’s Word, rightly divided is absolute, sure and perfect. God’s Word, when used as an application, can provide profitable but not perfect principles. Paul said God had delivered him, does deliver and will deliver him. Even in his case, there came a day when deliverance was not in the form of escape from physical death. 

I can testify that, in over 37 years of ministry, God has delivered me and my family many times. I am confident He is delivering us from the threats we experience today and, ultimately, He will deliver us when we see Him in glory. 

Now we are under the threat of the Covid-19 virus. God has protected us from so many illnesses in the past. I remember Pastor Don Smith remarking how, when the flu was going around Platteville CO, he and I had stayed well even while out visiting people. In 37 years of preaching, I have only missed preaching because I was sick one time, and that was just recently. I have gotten sick over the years, but God got me through it.  I am certain that God will continue to provide for and protect the people of His churches. We must but look to Him. 

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2 Corinthians 1:10 God Will Protect

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1 Corinthians 15:39-40 Celestial Glory

1 Corinthians 15:39-40 (KJV)
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

This is, in a manner, a parable. Apostle Paul used what was well known and obvious to teach a truth that is heavenly and not yet experienced. Every human being knows that the flesh of beasts, fish, and birds is different. Even among the beasts, the flesh of beef is different than the flesh of pork. It’s quite amazing when we think of it. Muscle, it seems like, would be muscle. Yet the muscles of a beast: cattle, goats, hogs, is distinctly different than that of birds: chickens, geese, quail. The two then are distinctly different than fish: salmon, bass, lobster. We know this to be true. We have consumed these various flesh. 

Now the Word of God makes this leap; just so there is a difference between the earthly body of man and the heavenly body. We do not know what that difference is because we have not experienced it, but we do know:

  • That it is a fact and
  • That the glory of one is different than the glory of the other

The word glory has to do with condition or state. Perhaps the best way for us to understand the concept is appearance. The appearance or the earthly body is different than the appearance of the other. 

We can certainly become attached to what we believe are the strengths and benefits of this earthly body. As a Christian, I have every reason to take advantage of the glory belonging to this body for the glory of God. But I confess, I long for the day when I set this glory aside for that glory which God has prepared me in heaven. 

To my readers:
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1 Corinthians 15:39-40 Celestial Glory

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1 Corinthians 12:25 The Goal of Any Spirit-Filled Church

1 Corinthians 12:25 (KJV)
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

That there should be no schism in the body
This is quite the thought given that we know from earlier chapters that this church was filled with schisms. By the time we come to 2 Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul instructs them to come out from among, separate from, those who continue the schism. We would so prefer that they would repent and contribute to the unity of the church. If they refuse, there comes a point when there is no choice but to remove from them. 

But that the members should have the same care one for another
This is the goal of any Spirit-filled church. We want every member of the church to care for every other member of the church equally. Some of them are notable and easy to remember, recognize and respect. Some of them are less so. But all of them are of equal importance. 

This means, by the way, that the removal of schismatics in the church is, and ought to be, painful. It is surgery – necessary but not pleasant. 

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1 Corinthians 12:25 The Goal of Any Spirit-Filled Church 

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1 Corinthians 11:2 Keep the Ordinances

1 Corinthians 11:2 (KJV)
Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

I suppose that the primary application of this passage would be that we ought to keep the ordinances as Paul delivered them to us. He is our primary teacher, being appointed an apostle and being inspired by God in the deliverance of the preserved, infallible and eternally profitable Word of God. It is to our praise if we keep the ordinances as they were delivered to us through His work. 

On the other hand, it is this application, if insisted as the only one, that opens us to all sorts of doctrinal and practical variations. By holding that we are only holden to Paul, we allow for our private interpretations. Another application would be to praise the church for keeping the ordinances the way they were taught to keep them: 

  • Christ delivered them to Paul
  • Paul delivered them to Corinth
  • Paul praises them for not changing them

I applaud those churches, and their pastors, who have felt no need to tweak or change the ordinances from the way they were taught to them at the first. Their pastors practiced the ordinances as they understood them from the Word of God. They sent young preachers to an institution to learn to practice them exactly the same way. They have been and will no doubt continue to be exposed to other practices. It is to their praise that they do not change to those other practices and, if they do change, they do not do so lightly. 

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1 Corinthians 11:2 Keep the Ordinances 

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1 Corinthians 9:10 No Doubt

1 Corinthians 9:10 (KJV)
Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

There are some personal applications to be made from this passage and its context. 
It is appropriate to make personal applications 
For our sakes, no doubt … personal applications are to be found throughout the word of God. It is what makes the Bible profitable. We should never lose sight of the primary interpretation but that in no way annuls personal applications. 

The Old Testament was written, no doubt, for our sakes
Ignore those hyper dispensationalists who rip away the Old Testament from the New Testament Christian. 

There is always hope 
What farmer would plant the fields if he believed there would be no harvest, no compensation for the work? When serving the Lord, when laboring in his fields, do so in hope of a harvest. 

Live for the Lord. Serve Him with gladness. And serve Him in the hope of His blessings. 

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1 Corinthians 9:10 No Doubt

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1 Corinthians 6:14 By His Own Power

1 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV)
And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

Desiring that I am careful to consider the context of a passage, I offer this from Albert Barnes, “This is the “second” argument against indulgences in this sin. It is this. “We are united to Christ. God has raised him from the dead, and made his body glorified. Our bodies will be like his; and since our body is to be raised up by the power of God; since it is to be perfectly pure and holy, and since this is to be done by his agency, it is wrong that it should be devoted to purposes of pollution and lust.’”

That said, notice this truth tucked away in the argument. Just as God the Father raised up the Lord, we can be assured of the same resurrection of our own bodies. The earnest, the assurance, the guarantee of our future resurrection is, in fact, His resurrection. 

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1 Corinthians 6:14 By His Own Power

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1 Corinthians 4:3-4 A Very Small Thing

1 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV)
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

Here’s a thought, given that we know we are judged of the Lord, what concern is it that others judge us?

Rather than getting offended because someone is judging us wouldn’t it be wiser to recall that the Lord is judging? 
So what, that someone: 

  • Has an opinion about us, 
  • Says something critical of us, 
  • Thinks unkindly of us 

In light of the bigger picture, we would be better served living in view of that day we stand at the judgment seat of Christ. These petty criticisms of people fade into nothingness in the light of Jesus. 

There is no reason to be overcome with guilt in view of the judgment seat of Christ 
I am not saying we should live in guiltless licentiousness. What I am saying is that, as we seek to walk with the Lord, be thankful He has already dealt with our sin. 

To my readers:
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1 Corinthians 4:3-4 A Very Small Thing

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1 Corinthians 3:20 They are Useless

1 Corinthians 3:20 (KJV)
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

When considered literally, this passage flies in the face of the wisdom our world clings to even today. The wise men of the time would have been the philosophers: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, etc. Though they had lived hundreds of years previous, it was their thoughts that ruled the Hellenized mind. 

Nothing has really changed. Though philosophy, the thoughts of the wise, has developed past Aristotle, it is built upon his thoughts. The arguments of logic, wisdom, etc, they are all, according to God, empty and useless; vain. 

  • Their ideas on logic are useless
  • Their concepts of wisdom are useless
  • Their development of logic are useless
  • Their methods are argument are useless

God knows all that they think, and God knows them to be useless. 

Are you a Christian? 

Can you accept this?

To my readers:
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1 Corinthians 3:20 They are Useless

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