1 Corinthians 10:1-22 On The Throne

What’s on your throne?

In our reading today Paul is reining in this group of believers. He is explaining why some of their “rights” aren’t right at all. What they thought they had a “right” to do was putting them in danger.

The Corinthians’ were taking grace too far. They were playing with fire and thought that they would be forgiven in the end. Paul uses the example of Israel in the wilderness to counter their claim. Yes, Israel was under the law at that time but sin is sin and God didn’t change His mind on those points.

While Israel was wandering in the wilderness they experienced quite a bit of grace. They also experienced judgement for their sins. God didn’t stop each and every time one of them screwed up and punish them, but their continued turning to sin cost them their lives.

When I read back over the stories of Israel wandering in the wilderness I am blown away with their whining. God did SO MANY miracles on their behalf, right from the beginning. Why were they so discontent? I have always wondered about that. Read more »

1 Corinthians 9:1-27 For Your Sake

Laying aside the first for the second is a mark of love

Paul speaks to his reader about his rights as an apostle. Shouldn’t he share the same rights as any other apostle? Yes. But he forgoes these rights for a purpose.

“The laborer is worthy of his hire.” This concept is present in both new and old testaments. Paul had every right to expect to receive from those he served. Yet he didn’t always avail himself of that right. During his missionary trips he most likely did but when he stayed in Corinth for a year and a half he didn’t. He worked instead as a tentmaker and supported himself the whole time. Read more »

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Love Builds Up

God’s command is to love

Paul is beginning to address “freedom” under the new covenant. In our reading today he addresses eating restrictions. But his real message focuses on loving your brother above your freedoms.

I’m assuming this topic had to do with the Corinthian’s original letter to Paul. They apparently possessed knowledge that it was not a sin to eat meat that had been offered to idols. But their “knowledge” made them proud and boastful. Probably a little judgmental of others who didn’t possess this knowledge.

Paul respects their knowledge and freedom. He doesn’t take away from it or tell them they are in error. He is in agreement with them on this point. He is probably the one who taught this to them in the first place. What he does do though is strongly caution them to use care when exercising that freedom. Read more »

1 Corinthians 7:25-40 Divided Focus

How my list is supposed to look

Paul continues to address the subject of sex within the body of Christ. He returns to the question regarding remaining free of sexual relations. He specifically addresses marriage. Does one marry or remain single?

There is no “Thus saith the Lord” here. Paul instead gives his opinion as a trusted servant of God. He also makes sure we recognize it as his opinion and not a commandment from God.

Paul is convinced that Jesus will be returning soon. But he also realizes that if Jesus waits a while we will still need this instruction. If Jesus were returning right away, remaining unmarried would not be a problem. However, if everyone had adopted Paul’s advice we would have ceased to be as a species. Read more »

1 Corinthians 7:17-24 When God Called

God knows your past. You don’t have to rewrite it for HIm.

Paul’s theme in our reading focuses on what happens after God brings you into His family. What is required? What’s next?

This passage is a little difficult for me to understand. I’m just going to go with what I received after reading it and thinking about it. I hope what I share helps you.

When God calls us each to Himself He knows what He is getting. Whether the sweet little schoolgirl or the drug dealer, He is not unaware of our condition. We each have a past and we ALL have sinned. But God wants us just the same. Read more »