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. 

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Esther 4:4 A Wakeup Call

Esther 4:4 (KJV)
So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.

Esther was where God placed her, but her circumstances had left her out of touch. Modern culture can build a list of abuses made against her, but at this moment, she lived much more comfortably than her blood family did. When word reached her ears that Mordecai mourned in sackcloth and ashes the Bible says she did two immediate things:

  • She grieved exceedingly and
  • She sent better raiment to cover Mordecai

I can’t help but believe she knew the teachings of the Jews and that Mordecai wasn’t in sackcloth and ashes because he had nothing else to wear. She must have known this, so the raiment was meant to tell Mordecai to “perk up”. It was a shallow answer to a situation more terrible than she could, at that moment comprehend. 

I wonder if American Christians live in such a bubble? I am not saying we aren’t where God wants us, but I wonder if our situation has left us blind of the spiritual danger the people of God are in? I wonder if, whenever we get some hint of the trouble, we don’t cover it up with a “chin up” sort of response, being grieved that a Christian would imply there is some trouble in the world? 

Esther needed a wakeup call. She was right to be grieved exceedingly, but her grief wasn’t focused in the right direction yet and neither was her personal response adequate for the circumstances. She needed to take a personal risk and she needed to call others to fast and pray with her. 

Christians in America are still poised to make a world impact. But it will not be accomplished as we now are. We can’t just cover this up and bid “Mordecai” to stop crying. We must humble ourselves and pray. We must see ourselves as deeply in trouble. We must pour our very lives into seeking the favor and blessing of God. 

Only then will God use us to turn the tide of spiritual destruction that is leveled against us. 

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Esther 3:2 Beginning to End

Esther 3:2 (KJV)
And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

It seems to me that, in many ways, Mordecai is the complement to Daniel and his three friends. They were: 

  • Taken from Jerusalem 
  • Trained in the Babylonian culture
  • Served the king but
  • Refused to bow at the idol

Mordecai was:

  • Raised in Babylon
  • Lived outside of the palace
  • Loyal to the king
  • Refused to bow before Haman but was
  • Returned in the end to Jerusalem 

From the beginning of the Babylonian captivity to the very end there were Jews who were loyal citizens and, at the same time, faithful believers. 

May God grant us Christians with that same balance. 

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Esther 2:20 Concerning Authority

Esther 2:20 (KJV)
Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

Here is an interesting piece of information concerning authority. Esther certainly was under no moral or biblical command to do as Mordecai charged:

  • She was an adult
  • She was, at this point married
  • She was not Mordecai’s child

Still, she submitted to his command even as she would have as a child. 

The lesson, as I see it, is that submission at this stage in her life was voluntary, not mandatory. Wise parenting may still influence a young adult, but it is not wise to attempt to force or impose the will upon them. 

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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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Nehemiah 12:43 The Joy of God’s People

Nehemiah 12:43 (KJV)
Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

Let the joy of God’s people be heard afar off. 

  • Not the bickering of God’s people
  • Not the murmuring of God’s people
  • Not the laziness of God’s people
  • Not the rebellion of God’s people
  • Not the gossip of God’s people
  • Not the anger of God’s people
  • Not the cynicism of God’s people
  • Not the fear of God’s people

Let the people of God walk in faith and rejoice in the Lord so that the joy of God’s people is heard even afar off and spoken of by all. 

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Nehemiah 12:43 The Joy of God’s People

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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 8:2 Knowledge = Liberty

1 Corinthians 8:2 (KJV)
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

There is a sermon here for sure. Just some thoughts. 

Knowledge =liberty
Lack of knowledge = weak

Knowledge can become pride
Liberty can create stumblingblocks 

Reality = as much as we might know, we know very little. 

Solution = charity, seek to edify rather than use liberty. 

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1 Corinthians 8:2 Knowledge = Liberty 

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Nehemiah 9:6 Thou art LORD alone

Nehemiah 9:6 (KJV)
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

The repentance demonstrated in verses 1-3 result in a prayer of confession in verses 4-37 and conclude with a covenant. 

I propose, for myself, to spend some personal time in the study and meditation of this prayer of confession. Revival may not be the result of a covenant. Certainly, a covenant may not bring revival. But it is likely that revival will bring God’s people into a covenant. 

The prayer of confession begins with a brief prayer of worship. 

Thou art LORD alone. 

God help us to remember that!

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Nehemiah 9:6 Thou art LORD alone

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