1 Corinthians 12:1-11 One and the Same Spirit

To: My child; Love: God

Paul focuses his attention on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. His emphasis is that ALL the gifts come from the Holy Spirit for the good of all and HE chooses what to give to each one of us.

The church in Corinth had a lot of spiritual gifts working within it. My bible study helps concludes that this was one of the questions addressed to Paul in the Corinthian’s letter that he was responding to. The church was dividing itself along spiritual gifting lines and valuing some over others. They also appear to be wondering which were real.

Paul gives them a quick litmus test. If the person who is supposed to be speaking in the Spirit derides Jesus, they are a FALSE speaker. The Spirit NEVER speaks against Jesus and His Lordship. The person speaking for Jesus through the Spirit belongs to Him. No one can pray in the Spirit, in tongues, anything that is contrary to God’s will. Read more »

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Communion Commandments

Paul firmly addresses his readers in today’s section. He has heard of how they have been treating each other in regards to the Lord’s Supper, communion. Their actions and attitudes have brought about judgement.

For those of us who have been raised in the church this may be one of our most familiar passages. Verses 23—26 are the standard communion reading. It is the beautiful reminder of Jesus’ work on the cross for us. Read more »

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Under Cover of Authority

I’d rather be under His authority than my own!

Paul’s message to us today concerns a physical expression of spiritual authority. His teachings here fly in the face of our 21st century “liberation” attitude, BUT they still represent God’s desires for us eternally. Let’s see how we can apply Paul’s meaning even if we don’t still display his practices in dress.

The first thing Paul says in today’s reading is a commendation to the church in Corinth. They “maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you” (verse 2b). He has modeled these traditions for and spoken of them to the church when he was with them initially. These were NOT commandments from God on how men and women should dress for all eternity. Instead they were a representation of a spiritual concept that does stand the test of time and comes directly from God. Read more »

1 Corinthians 10:23-1:1 All to the Glory of God

I will follow Him and those who follow His example

Our reading today finishes Paul’s instructions on food sacrificed to idols. His main focus though is not the food but the attitude of the one eating. Is what you are doing bringing glory to God? If not, then stop. If so, then continue.

The last verse in our reading gives the most practical example possible; “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (verse 11:1). WWJD. What would Jesus do in this situation or that situation? That is what Paul strives to ask himself then do. Now he asks his readers to do the same.

So what is it he is wanting his readers to imitate him in? It is in putting others’ needs and spiritual growth above our wants and “freedoms.” If what I’m about to do will offend my brother or cause him to stumble, regardless if I believe it to not be a sin, I will not do it. Read more »

1 Corinthians 10:1-22 A Way Out

You have to want out before you can get out

We actually looked at this passage yesterday but I want to revisit it. Paul was speaking to his readers about their “freedoms.” They were dragging grace down to a whole new level. Today though, I want to focus on something else Paul said that really struck me. I started to write about it yesterday but got turned onto another track. I really felt like I should come back and touch on it today instead of pressing on.

The issue I want to address is temptation. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (verse 13). Read more »