Posted by: robert0199 | April 28, 2017

Or Else What Will They Do

29 Or else what will they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead aren’t raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 Why do we also stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If I fought with animals at Ephesus for human purposes, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, then “let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” 34 Wake up righteously, and don’t sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
(1 Corinthians 15:29-34 WEB)

Paul is pointing out if the dead are not raised there is no point in being baptized for them. He asks why we jeopardize ourselves if no one is raised. he boasts in Christ Jesus that he dies daily. He states there is no purpose to fighting with animals for human purposes if the dead are not raised. He states that we should eat and drink for we die tomorrow if the dead are not raised. Paul then points out that good morals are corrupted by wicked companions. He says to wake righteously and not to sin because it is shameful that some among them have no knowledge of God.

Heavenly Father, Here we learn that if there is no resurrection of the dead there is no point in jeopardizing ourselves. We are reminded that evil companions corrupt good morals and that we need to be righteous and not sin. Your word then tells us to seek the knowledge of God that we may become more righteous. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 27, 2017

The Last Enemy

26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For, “He put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when he says, “All things are put in subjection”, it is evident that he is excepted who subjected all things to him. 28 When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all.
(1 Corinthians 15:26-28 WEB)

Paul is say that of all enemies the last to be defeated is death. He says that all things are subject to Christ but that Christ is excepted from being subjected because he subjected all things to the Father. He then says that when all things are subjected to the Father then the Son will also be subjected that God may be all in all.

Heavenly Father, You sent Your Son to subject all things to Your will that You, the Son and the Spirit might be one, and that all things would be subject to Your will. May we understand and promulgate this mystery throughout the entire world that all may be given the opportunity to hear the Good News of salvation and become subject to Your will. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 26, 2017

But Now Christ

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s, at his coming. 24 Then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to God, even the Father, when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
(1 Corinthians 15:20-25 WEB)

Paul is clearly saying that Christ is the first fruit of those who died. He points out that death came by man, and that the resurrection of the dead also came by man. He says that in Adam all die, but in Christ all are made alive. But he says there is an order first Christ, then those who are His at His return. After this the end comes when He delivers the kingdom to the Father after which He will have abolished all rule, authority and power. For Christ must reign until He has defeated all of His enemies.

Heavenly Father, We give You thanks and praise that You provided for our reconciliation to You through Your Son Jesus. We come to You honoring and giving the glory to You for what has been accomplished. May we proclaim the reconciliation You have provided to all that they might come to reconciliation as we have; and bring more honor and glory to Your name. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 25, 2017

Now if Christ

12 Now if Christ is preached, that he has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. 14 If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. 15 Yes, we are also found false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that he raised up Christ, whom he didn’t raise up, if it is so that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead aren’t raised, neither has Christ been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. 18 Then they also who are fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.
(1 Corinthians 15:12-19 WEB)

This is a very succinct statement by Paul. He first points out that if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, then how do some of the Corinthians say there is no resurrection of the dead? He points out that if there is no resurrection of the dead, Christ has not been raised. Then he says if Christ has not been raised his preaching and their faith is in vain. Then Paul states that if Christ has not been raised he is a false witness of God. He says his testimony is that God raised Christ whom He did not raise, and if it is so that the dead are not raised. If Christ has not been raised your faith is in vain and you are still in your sin. They that died in Christ have perished. “If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.”

Heavenly Father, Here Paul makes it clear that if You did not raise Christ no one who has died is raised and there will be no resurrection. May we believe you raised Christ and that though His resurrection our sins are remitted and we are reconciled to you. May we then tell others the Good News of their reconciliation by Jesus death and resurrection. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 23, 2017

Then He Appeared

6 Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all, as to the child born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace which was given to me was not futile, but I worked more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Whether then it is I or they, so we preach, and so you believed.
(1 Corinthians 15:6-11 WEB)

Paul says that Jesus appeared to more than 500 disciples at once, most are still alive but some have died. He then appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Paul says last he appeared to him. Paul calls himself the least of the apostles, and not worthy to be called an apostle because he persecuted the disciples. He says by the grace of God he is what he is. He says the grace given to him was not futile as he worked more than all the rest, yet it was not I but by the grace of God that was with him. You believed whether it was Paul or the apostles that preached.

Heavenly Father, Paul clearly preached the Good News that Christ is savior as he died and rose again for the sin of the world. Here he explains that hundreds of Jesus disciples, and all of the apostles saw Him after he rose giving credibility to His claim that He is the messiah. May we proclaim the Good News using the appearance accounts as witness to give credibility that Christ rose from the grave as savior of the world. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 22, 2017

Now I Declare

1 Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
(1 Corinthians 15:1-5 WEB)

Paul is reminding the Corinthians of the Good News that he preached to them. This news was received by them. It is the ground on which they stand, and by which they were saved, if they held to the word that he preached. He says that he delivered that which he received: “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”

Heavenly Father, Paul has given us the Good News that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again according to the scriptures. May we share this Good News with all we contact and bring them into the kingdom if they accept it. Let us pray for those who do not accept it that they will come to the knowledge of the Good News about Christ at some point in the future. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 21, 2017

If Any Man

37 If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him recognize the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment of the Lord. 38 But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking with other languages. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
(1 Corinthians 14:37-40 WEB)

These are the final thoughts in this chapter. Paul is ending by reminding the Corinthians that if a man thinks he is a prophet, or spiritual he should recognize that what Paul has written are commandments of the Lord. He says to allow those who are ignorant to remain ignorant. He finishes with an exhortation to desire to prophesy. He further state that the speaking in other languages should not be forbidden; but that all should be done decently and in order.

Heavenly Father, You are a God of order and peace. You give good gifts to us for us to use to build up the church and ourselves. You expect that as we grow in the use of our gifts we will bring others into Your kingdom, and bring honor and glory to You. Let us always be mindful that we are to use the gifts you gave us in a manner that is decent and in order. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 20, 2017

For You All

31 For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted. 32 The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, 33 for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints. 34 Let the wives be quiet in the assemblies, for it has not been permitted for them to be talking except in submission, as the law also says, 35 if they desire to learn anything. “Let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for a wife to be talking in the assembly.” 36 What!? Was it from you that the word of God went out? Or did it come to you alone?
(1 Corinthians 14:31-36 WEB)

Paul is saying that all members of the assembly can prophesy. He states that they should do so one by one, that all may learn and be exhorted. He further reminds them that the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet because God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. Here Paul is stating that wives should not speak in the assembly but should ask their husbands at home. (This is a cultural statement that we would not apply today.) He then asks if the word of God came out of the men or to the prophet alone?

Heavenly Father, Paul is very concerned that services in the assembly be done decently and in order. He gives instructions on how people are to use their gifts that all may benefit. However, he is concerned that too many will try to use them at the same time or inappropriately. May we take his words as a reminder that God is a God of order and peace, and that we should be sure to make our interactions ones of order and peace as well. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 19, 2017

What Is It

26 What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, or has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up. 27 If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29 Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern. 30 But if a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first keep silent.
(1 Corinthians 14:26-30 WEB)

Paul is giving instructions on how to maintain order in the assembly. He is concerned that the use of the gifts of speaking in another language, or of prophecy is done with discretion and order. He says that there be two or three that speak in another language and that an interpreter be present to interpret what is spoken. He states that if there is no one to interpret those who speak in another language should do it silently speaking only to God. Paul also states that there should be no more than two or three prophets speaking and the rest of the assembly should discern what has been said. He then says that if a revelation is given to another the first should remain silent.

Heavenly Father, You give the gifts of speaking in another language and prophecy to us for the building up of the assembly and to encourage one another in the faith. May we learn to use these gifts with discretion that the body may be built up and the members encouraged in the faith. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 18, 2017

Brothers, Don’t Be Children

20 Brothers, don’t be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature. 21 In the law it is written, “By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. They won’t even hear me that way, says the Lord.” 22 Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe. 23 If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won’t they say that you are crazy? 24 But if all prophesy, and someone unbelieving or unlearned comes in, he is reproved by all, and he is judged by all. 25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed. So he will fall down on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed.
(1 Corinthians 14:20-25 WEB)

Paul is reminding the Corinthians that they should be babies in malice but mature in thoughts. He states that it is written in the law that  the Lord says “By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. They won’t even hear me that way, says the Lord.” Paul says that other languages are not a sign to those who believe, but to those who do not believe; and prophesy is a sign to those who believe not to those who do not believe. Paul then says that if the whole assembly is present and speaking in other languages an unbeliever will think they are crazy. However, if all prophesy the unbeliever is reproved and judged by all. In this way the unbelievers heart is revealed and he will fall down and worship God. He will state that God is among you.

Heavenly Father, When the church is gathered together to worship you let the gift of prophesy operate that if there is an unbeliever present he will be convicted of his sin and declare his repentance and need to believe in the salvation provided by Your Son Jesus. May we declare his forgiveness, accept him into the body and teach him what he needs to know to grow and mature in his new-found faith. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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