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1 Corinthians 6:12-20 You Are The Temple

Treat God’s temple with care

Paul begins his focus on sexual behavior of the believer. The Corinthian church was taking the “All things are lawful for me” route to mean anything goes. This is probably why they were so willing to ignore the sin of the man who had his father’s wife. To them nothing was off limits.

Paul starts out small with his instructions regarding sexual behavior, just like he did with lawsuits. “’All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything” (verse 12).

My bible helps tell me that Paul put the quotations on the sayings of the Corinthians. This blanket statement had clauses and qualifiers that this group needed, as well as us today. Read more »

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Sue Happy

TOO MUCH of this going on!

Paul addresses dissention among this body of believers. They have been pursuing lawsuits against one another. To top that off, they have been airing those grievances in the world.

I don’t know if you have noticed how sue happy this world is getting. Each of the warning labels on all the products we purchase represents a previous lawsuit. From “do not attempt to stop chain with genitals” to “caution, coffee is hot” someone did something to injure themselves and sought remedy through a lawsuit. Don’t get me wrong, there are some valid suits and solid reasons to pursue remedy but we are becoming a nation of “blame it on the other guy” and get rich from it. This shouldn’t be. Read more »

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Whom to Judge

Some judgements are essential to eternal survival

Paul is incensed at the report he has received regarding one of the members of the Corinthian church. He is also adamant about how the body should deal with such issues; REMOVE them.

The sin addressed by Paul is flagrant and the church body has chosen not to address the elephant in the room. I’m wondering if they were taking Jesus’ words of “judge not least you be judged” for everyone. I had always understood it to be universally applicable to all, not that I am free of making judgments.

But this church was already rife with judgement. We saw that in their behavior in our last time together. So why did they let this blatant sin go unchallenged? Were they assuming that they were not supposed to judge another’s sin but could judge their spirituality? I would expect one had direct bearing on the other. Read more »

1 Corinthians 4:1-21 Commended or Convicted

Pride is born out of judgement

Paul focuses on the haughtiness of his readers. I’m curious to know if this is directed at the leaders, the lay people or the whole church body. Would my cheeks be burning with shame if this letter was signally addressed to me?

Something that got my attention while reading this chapter is Paul’s statement regarding God’s final judgement. “It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God” (verses 4b-5). Read more »

1 Corinthians 3:1-23 Brick by Brick

Attention to the “Blueprint” is imperative

Paul covers quite a bit in our reading today but our bible experts felt it unnecessary to break it into sections. I will follow their lead and address it all in our time together but for my mind’s sake I want to look at it as a metaphor. I’m seeing blueprints in my mind.

Paul begins by telling his readers that he has been using “milk” and “not solid food” in his teachings of them. So in building terms, we are using 2x4s and screws. These are the basic pieces used in construction. They are versatile and crucial to the structure.

We have to back up a moment in our building process though as Paul leads us. He directs our attention back to our foundation. A sturdy and sound foundation is essential for any building project. Paul’s foundation couldn’t be any stronger; it is Jesus and His redeeming works. Ours will be concrete and rebar. Read more »