2 Corinthians 1:1 Any and All

2 Corinthians 1:1 (KJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

I see that the Word of God addresses this epistle to two distinct groups.
There is the church of God which is at Corinth
Note this, a letter, a message is not written to a building. It would serve no purpose to do so. The epistle is written to a congregation of believers.

There were “all the saints which are in all Achaia.”
These are distinct to those who were members of the church at Corinth. Whether they belonged to churches in other areas, we do not know. I think it is possible that Paul did not know either, and therefore, purposely made the distinction.

Here’s the lesson. There is a difference between being a member of a church and not. The Word of God is written to all and applies to all. This is equally true of those who are not Christians. God’s Word is for them too. The thing is that it applies differently to each.

We would urge any and all who are lost without Christ to come to Him and be saved.

We would equally urge any and all saints, wherever they are, to find a sound Biblical church and unite together with it.

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2 Corinthians 1:1 Any and All

1 Corinthians 16:16 Submit Yourselves

1 Corinthians 16:16 (KJV)
That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

Submission is the key to Christian sanctification. Yet is the most difficult of things for the believers to accept. Consider the processes of submission in the faith:
Salvation is a step of submission
It is by faith and grace, but we will not come to either until we surrender our ability to save ourselves.

Baptism is an act of submission
The physical act of allowing another to immerse us is a type of death. We give ourselves to the preacher at that moment. We are literally in his hands.

Church membership is a form of submission
We surrender our independence for the sake of a body more significant than our own.

Marriage requires submission
We tend to think the wife is to submit. However, the passage teaches mutual submission.

We are to submit to the government
And to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.

Paul asked those who had submitted to him that they also submit to those who labor and help him.

The flesh rebels against submission. However, it is this submission that serves to carve the world out of us and mold us into the image of Christ.

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1 Corinthians 16:16 Submit Yourselves

1 Corinthians 10:20 Fellowship With Devils?

1 Corinthians 10:20 (KJV)
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

I work not to be judgmental of people whose practices and ideas are different than mine. I am certain, absolutely certain, that each of us will stand before God on our own.

But God has put me in place to proclaim what His Word says. This time of year, I become simply amazed, sometimes nearly overwhelmed, that people who profess to be Christian abandon, if even for an hour, the teaching of the Bible to join with a worldly event that clearly has devilish connotations.

One chooses to disagree with the historical background of the day.  Another insists that the holiday is just “good fun.” But I ask a believer to discern, is not the most common application of the holiday even today devils? Look how the majority dress up. Some, I know, choose not to wear costumes of ghosts, goblins, or other evil spirits. But some do dress up like those of this world, most thought of as rebellious and anti-Christian. Punk, Goth, Trans, etc. It’s evil. It’s wicked. It’s fellowship with devils.

I caution Christians against it.

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1 Corinthians 10:20 Fellowship With Devils?

1 Corinthians 9:1 Proof Positive

1 Corinthians 9:1 (KJV)
Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

The first in this series of questions is rhetorical, followed by others offered as proofs

Am I not an apostle?
The obvious answer is yes. He had no intention of providing them an opportunity to argue otherwise. I’ve never permitted another to challenge my call. Like Paul, some may question it, but I require they assume it to be true.

Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord?
This was literally true of Paul. It was also a requirement of his calling. But it was verified only by his word and perhaps that of Ananias of Damascus. As a preacher, I meet with the Lord every day and enter the pulpit to tell people what He said. The only proof I have of that is my testimony and the message.

Are not ye my work in the Lord?
Paul offered as proof of his office the ministry he had among them. This is the exact proof every preacher has to offer. He has been called to that pulpit, and he has fulfilled his duties there.

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1 Corinthians 9:1 Proof Positive

1 Corinthians 8:1 Let That Be Enough

1 Corinthians 8:1 (KJV)
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

“…we know that we all have knowledge …”

Herein lies one of the greatest troubles people have with one another. It’s not the only reason we have wars and fighting among us; the book of James identifies the desire to have – lust as another reason.

But this one ranks right up there. We all think we know better than the other.

  • The conservative knows something the liberal doesn’t know
  • The liberal knows something the conservative doesn’t know
  • The Republican knows something the Democrat doesn’t know
  • The Democrat knows something the Republican doesn’t know
  • The rich know something the poor doesn’t know
  • The poor know something the rich doesn’t know
  • The Christian knows something the lost doesn’t know
  • The lost knows something the Christian doesn’t know

On and on, we could go. We all know we know something, and we think what we know makes us somehow better than those who don’t know what we know.

Our knowledge has puffed us up.

The solution to this problem is just this simple, love God. Speak humbly and trust the Lord to move in the souls of people He loves more than we ever could.

Love God and let that be enough. From there, God can make our light shine.

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1 Corinthians 8:1 Let That Be Enough

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

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

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 15:11 I, Or They

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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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