1 Corinthians 16:22 “Let them be accursed”

1 Corinthians 16:22 (KJV)
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

What a solemn and stern warning 

  • Anathema means, accursed 
  • Maranatha means, the LORD comes

It could either be 

  • “Let them be accursed “until” the Lord comes” or
  • “Let them be accursed “because” the Lord comes”

Either way the warning is of huge consequence. 

Christianity today misses so much of this. 

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1 Corinthians 16:22 “Let them be accursed”

1 Corinthians 15:11 I, Or They

1 Corinthians 15:11 (KJV)
Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

Albert Barnes writes, “It is comparatively immaterial by whom it was done. The establishment of the truth is the great matter; and the question by whom it is done is one of secondary importance.”

Years ago, while in Bible college, the church I belonged to and had helped plant had a missionary by the name amid Dario Lumba. When I got to the church, I joked to my pastor that I had been tempted to stay at the college where a well-known preacher by the name of A.V. Henderson was preaching. Dario Lumba overheard my conversation and, from the pulpit, rebuked me for elevating the preacher above the preaching.

Apostle Paul, and Albert Barnes agree with Bro Lumba here. While there are preachers of a false gospel this not the concern of this text. The point is that the personality of the preacher is not nearly as important as that the Word of God is preached and souls have responded. 

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1 Corinthians 14:20 We Do Have to Grow Up

1 Corinthians 14:20 (KJV)
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

Children are wonderful. 

  • Their zeal for life 
  • Their simplicity of joy
  • Their love of family
  • Their innocence 
  • Their harmlessness 

We see our children and grandchildren and sometimes wish they could remain children forever. 

But that is unnatural and even unscriptural. The Word of God expects, even demands we all grow up, mature, and become productive workers. 

We never have to be angry or cynical, but we do have to grow up. 

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1 Corinthians 14:20 We Do Have to Grow Up

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1 Corinthians 4:15 Ten Thousand?

1 Corinthians 4:15 (KJV)
For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

A common term among preachers today might be to jokingly say a statement was an, “exaggeration for effect.” It used to be they would jokingly call it “just preaching.” The idea is to overstate a thing. It might be to grab attention. It might be to add color. It is intended that the hearer understand it to be an overstatement. It is sometimes criticized but it is also demonstrated right here to be in the pages of God’s Word. 

There is almost no possibility that the Corinthians had ten thousand instructors in Christ. The implication of the statement is that they had more than they could count and even too many. No one was expected to go count them out and be sure there were actually ten thousand of them. 

  • Some people look for things to criticize. 
  • Some people have difficulty with hyperbole 

Still, it is a valid tool in speech and used in the Word of God. It is likely it can be overused (though those who are given to it are known for it and therefore the hearer is less likely to think of it as more than it is.) But it is a useful tool in both speaking and writing. 

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1 Corinthians 4:15 Ten Thousand?

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1 Corinthians 1:30 In Christ Jesus

1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

It is the doing of God that we are in Christ Jesus. 

Jesus Christ is made unto us or on our behalf, 

  • Wisdom 
  • Righteousness 
  • Sanctification and 
  • Redemption. 

Everything that is ours and has been applied to us, all that God has pronounced of us, and all that God is now accomplishing in us; it is all because we are in Christ. 

And we are in Christ because of Him. 

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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. 

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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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