- The people were thinking they
were more knowledgeable and were self confident because of who may have
taught them or baptized them.
- No - He can use the simple
and meek to bring His word and show His glory and power.
- No, all things we receive are
from God. We are not to go beyond God's word by our own self-confidence
- Jesus came to teach and show
us the mind of God, the nature of God, and how He wants us to be. He
received this word and knowledge from God.
- He preached Jesus Christ and
- Paul used no persuasive
words of wisdom but by demonstration and power of the Spirit.
- We have like spirits and
know the nature of man by our human spirit in each of us.
- By God's Spirit. God gives
us the Holy Spirit which is His own spirit. His Spirit in us helps us to
learn and obey His righteousness.
- The natural spirit of man
can not understand the spiritual things of God.
- The solid food is teachings that
sanctify a believer and make him more like Christ. The teachings of milk
are general in knowledge and are good for conviction and conversion to
- God does it. His servants
only plant the word while God will give us the understanding.
- They will receive according
to the type of work that they do for the Lord. One will ready the field;
another may plant the seed; while another will maintain the field or teach
the church. Each has his own purpose.
- They should be careful in
what they teach. It must be true (not a man-made doctrine) and useful for
growth of the believer.
- This is the different levels
and accuracy of teachings. The gold being the deepest and most useful
teachings for maintaining the faith and strength of the believer. The
straw being the more shallow teachings not geared to help the believer
maintain a righteous walk.
- You will either have
believers who remain strong and faithful or they will be believers who
stumble and fall or even reject their faith.
- a. By teaching false
doctrines or avoiding the absolute truth of God that would teach complete
righteousness and help us to avoid sin or remove it from our life. b. God
will destroy those who try to destroy the place He now dwells in by His
- As servants only of the word
of God. The Corinthians received all things from God through the servants
of God. Paul also did not want to be judged as good by them. They did not
know his heart as well as God. God would judge him at the end.
- We must be faithful in the
faith, doing what God wants us to do and living as God wants us to live.
- They had become arrogant and
- The Corinthians never faced
the persecution and suffering that Paul and the other apostles went
- Paul brought the word to them
first and instructed them in the ways of the Lord. He was their spiritual
- Paul sent Timothy who would
remind them of what Paul had taught them. He would lead them back to a
righteous walk and a humble mind so Paul would not have to come and
discipline them harshly.
- Sexual immorality was in the
- They were to shun him from
the church and themselves so that he may fall into misery because of his
sin and so, perhaps his fleshly sinful desire would be destroyed and his
soul could be saved.
- a. They were not to be
included in the sin because it was someone else sinning, not them. b. Paul
told them they were all wrong and sinful because they let the sin stay in
the church. A little evil has made them all evil because they have not
removed it from among them.
- Anyone who claimed to be a
believer but was committing or passionate about a sin, we should not
associate with them.
- Yes, if they are in sin, we
must admonish them first (James 5:19,20; 2 Thes. 3:14,15). Then if they still will not change we
are to shun them from our association.
- We should settle disputes
between ourselves or before other believers.
- The souls of the lost will be
justly judged by the lives of the saints.
- All things are lawful for us but
not profitable (vs.12). We should accept a wrong done to us and act out of
love since we have wrong others our self. God will be the ultimate judge
and righter of wrongs. However, brothers and sisters in Christ should be
able to reconcile their differences between themselves.
- We should dedicate our bodies
to God. We were bought at the price of His son. God's Spirit is in us. We
should not defile His Spirit by joining any type of immorality to our
- To avoid sexual immorality
due to lustful inclinations we should have our own spouse.
- a. A spouse is not to
withhold their body from the other. b. When a couple commits to a time of
fasting and prayer for the Lord.
- They must not depart from
each other but to remain married. If they do depart they must remain
unmarried and try to reconcile.
- Do not divorce the
unbelieving spouse. You sanctify the unbeliever because you are one flesh
and your children will be sanctified also.
- You are not in bondage or do
not have to submit to an unbelieving spouse. Let them depart to avoid
fights and contention and perhaps to have a chance for reconciliation. If
they afterwards commit adultery you will not be bound to the marriage.
- You will care more about the
things of the Lord and how you may please Him.
- Their knowledge and
liberties in the Lord may be sure to them but they should not think they
have more liberty than the less knowledgable.
- We must consider his level
of understanding and do not do things that he may consider wrong. This may
cause him to start doing wrong things because he is following your
- Their liberty and privilege
as an apostle.
- They should be able to
receive material needs for their necessities.
- Paul preached the gospel
willingly and for free.
- They who ministered in the
temple ate of what was brought to the temple.
- a. He was free but enslaved
himself to others to teach them the gospel and never sought any form of
payment. He worked with the level of their beliefs and knowledge whether
Jew or Gentile. b. He did not make the Jews forsake the law nor force the
Gentiles to follow the law.
- His reward would be nothing.
He would do this out of obligation.
- To win a life and teach them
the way to salvation. The prize is a saved soul.
- a. He disciplined his body and
brought it into subjection to God’s will. By proper example he walks
the walk that he teaches. b. Yes. C. Paul feared he could disqualify
himself from the race (the spreading of the gospel) by not leading by
proper example. He then would lose the prize (of winning a soul for
- a. They followed Moses and
did as he instructed because he had the spiritual food of God. b. The
wording in the Greek Interlinear is the spiritual food and drink followed
the Rock. c. The rock was Moses who was (just like Christ) the anointed
messenger of God. He had the words and leadership given to him by God to
lead and instruct the people.
- Those things were written
for our instruction. We learn from their example what God expects and what
happens if we do not obey, respect, or trust Him. We should be wiser in
our walk with God.
- We may feel upright before
God but, we could perhaps be tempted or influenced into sin causing us to
fall from uprightness. God can and does destroy the sinful person even
quickly or certainly at the time of judgment.
- God does not allow you to be
tempted by more than you can resist or overcome. He will also provide a
way to escape the temptation.
- A believer more
knowledgeable in the truths of God must be careful not to partake of anything
that a less knowledgeable believer may think is sinful. You may weaken him
or cause him to sin.
- a. God. b. Jesus. c. A man.
- a. He speaks and prays by
his own will. He is not submissive to the Spirit of Jesus. b. She is not
submissive to the authority of a man. c. Woman was made from man and for
man. Also, the ministering angels react to the leadership of the man, not
- Spiritually it is Jesus.
Relationally or subjectively it is man.
- We should be holy and
reverent. We must not be looking for a meal or eat like gluttons or drink
as drunkards. It is not a feast but a memorial of Christ.
- So we will be corrected and
not condemned with the world.
- The manifestation of the
gifts of the believers is for the benefit of all.
- They make up the whole body
of the church which is the body of Christ.
- They produce unity among the
- The gift of love given to
- Other gifts are temporary
and can be forgotten by those receive them. The gift of love has the potential
to have a permanent effect. When you show love to someone it is not easily
forgotten. It is a gift that comes from the heart and goes to a heart.
- Each gift is not given to
every person. Each has his own gift. Even at our best we are only given what
God wants us to know or do.
- God’s love for all
people should be in each of us and then bestowed on others by us. As we
mature we will learn to love others with the love that God has. We will
see that the other gifts have a temporary effect on people while the gift
of love has the potential to have a permanent or longer lasting effect on
both those who give it and those who receive it.
- We are still seeing and
knowing as a child. However, we will mature and know how to love with
God’s love just as we know He loves us.
- a. Prophesying. b. By
prophesying, others are edified and comforted and the church is built up.
- No one will understand or
learn from what you are saying.
- The purpose of tongues at
that time was to reach people outside the church to convince them of the
reality of God.
- An unbeliever will hear and
understand prophesying. He will be convicted and convinced.
- a. Two or three at most,
should speak in tongues publicly and then one at a time. b. An interpreter
should speak for the person speaking in tongues or that person should also
interpret his words.
- Women were to keep silent
and learn from their husbands (or fathers) at home.
- a. The gospel of Christ. b.
If we accept the gospel only temporarily or only in part we will have believed
in vain. We will miss out on eternal life.
- They were saying there was
no resurrection of the dead therefore making their faith and hope empty.
- We believe and hope that we
will be raised from the dead just as was Christ.
- Christ, then those who have
already died. After that, those who are His when He returns.
- a. All things are in
subjection to Christ. We especially are subject to Him b. Jesus is in
subjection to God.
- Some were keeping company
with those who did not really know the gospel and believed them.
- Our bodies will be raised
an incorruptible spiritual body
At the sound of the last trumpet when Jesus returns a second time. The
dead will rise first then we who remain shall be taken (1 Th. 4:16-17). b. In a
moment like the twinkling of an eye.
- If we are not to be
resurrected then there is no reason to spread the gospel!
- According to how each one
prospered they were to store up a gift at the beginning of the week.
- a. Yes b. We should give to
any church or saint in need.
- They held church in their