One a Day Through the New Testament

One a Day Through the New Testament

1 Corinthians 11: Restoring God’s Plan

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul sets out to restore God’s order and plan in the area of order among the sexes. Note! There are only two 😊. From Creation, God set man as the head and leader of the home, religion, and society in general. Man was created first (Genesis 2; 1 Timothy 2:13). Woman was created for man (vv 8-9; Genesis 2:18). Woman was deceived and brought sin into the world (Genesis 3; 1 Timothy 2:14). But Paul is…

1 Corinthians 10: All these things happened to them as examples for us, and are written for our admonition

I find this line most encouraging and instructive for several reasons: This text encourages me, for it shows that God is concerned about the welfare of His people. Verses 1-2 remind us that God is not unsympathetic to our distress, for they bring to our remembrance Israel’s great deliverance from Egypt as they passed over the Red Sea on dry land, but the Egyptians were drowned in the sea. In this they were unequivocally secured in the hand of Moses.…

1 Corinthians 9: Pay the Preacher!

Chapter 9 marks an abrupt change of topic and tone. I cannot help but think this is also in response to the letter the brethren had sent him. Unbelievably, some of the Corinthian brethren were questioning Paul’s authority and liberties as an apostle of the Lord. This would continue to be a problem, as Paul would repeatedly return to this issue in his subsequent letter to the church at Corinth (cf 2 Cor 10-13). The issue at hand was the…

1 Corinthians 8: Matters of Conscience, Demonstration of Love

Moving from his lengthy response to the Corinthians’ questions on marriage (“Now, concerning the things you wrote to me…” 7:1), Paul now responds to their question of the matter of eating meat offered to idols. (This also being part of their correspondence to Paul, marked by Paul’s transition, “Now…” 8:1). From the statement, “We know that we all have knowledge,” it appears that the Corinthians were eating meat offered idols and defending the practice based upon their knowledge that “an…

1 Corinthians 7: To avoid fornication,” and “Remain in the state in which you were called

There are many admonitions regarding the sin of fornication and sexual impurity. Some want to try and parse the language so tightly to blur the meaning of words like “fornication” and “adultery” (itself a form of fornication). The claim is often made that a loving God wouldn’t condemn anyone in a “committed relationship,” be it a man and woman cohabiting outside of marriage or homosexual unions. One of the most clear and concise texts concerning sexual purity is found in…

1 Corinthians 6: But you were washed, sanctified and justified

Chapter 6 continues Paul’s admonition to discernment, as he rebuked the brethren for taking one another to court to settle their disputes. He contrasted this practice with the fact that the saints (Christians) would judge the world and angels. This being the case, even if brethren could not handle their own disputes, there ought to be at least one brother capable of making judgments regarding their petty affairs. Paul admonished them to suffer wrong and allow themselves to be cheated,…

1 Corinthians 5: Their spiritual brains fell out

“Don’t be so openminded that your brains fall out.” This was the case with the spiritual discernment of the church at Corinth. Desiring a permissive culture’s approval, their tolerance of sin reached epic and ungodly proportions, as they allowed fornication that was not even mentioned among the Gentiles. Whether the man under consideration was involved with his mother or stepmother is not as material as the fact that it appears that the father was still living and enduring this wrong…

1 Corinthians 4: Servants of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God

1 Corinthians 4 is a beautiful chapter but oft-overlooked when one ponders this magnificent epistle. I would love to compose a half dozen blogs on this chapter, but my chapter a day format won’t permit it. Here are a few summary thoughts: Verses 1-6:  The text of our title. The opening line cannot be separated from the preceding context, namely unity. Paul pleads with the brethren to consider Apollos and himself as nothing more than servants (those who own nothing)…

1 Corinthians 3: Paul returns to unity

After a brief detour from his opening salvos on unity (1:10-17), Paul returns to this all-important subject. Revisiting the division revealed in “I am of Paul” and “I am of Apollos,” Paul accused the brethren of being carnal and immature (vv 1-4). Any division for any reason is a tragedy. But division that involves the personality of preachers is especially egregious. This is why Paul said he was happy that he had only baptized a handful of the Christians at…

1 Corinthians 2: Paul’s Preaching, Eye has not Seen

One of the things that impress me when I read about the preaching of Paul is the simplicity with which he preaches. While we know Paul was a highly educated man (Acts 22:3), he preached with a laser-like focus on Christ and Him crucified. He was not interested in making creative arguments or “owning” his opponents with clever retorts, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom…” (v 4). Paul was satisfied to be…