1 Corinthians 9

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For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;

– 1 Corinthians 9:19

Paul was committed to the winning of the lost, through the gospel of Christ. He dedicated all that he was and all that he had to this endeavor. It seems as though every waking moment was given to the work of winning sinners to Christ. And Paul was creative in his pursuit of doing so, as this passage reveals.

The words of Paul in this passage are a challenge to me. They should be to any follower of Christ. Paul was so convinced of the importance and power of the Gospel that he sought every opportunity in every place he went to make it known.

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1 Corinthians 8

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But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

– 1 Corinthians 8:9

Among many Evangelical Christians, there has been a lot of discussion the last decade and a half, over issues of our liberty in Christ. Those that champion our liberty in Christ (and I firmly believe that the Biblical case for liberty is clearly evident) often push hard against the dangers of legalism. But, I have found that while there certainly is a danger of falling into the pit of legalism, there is quite certainly the danger of falling the other way into licentiousness.

We must recognize that there is a narrow path between these deep pits of licentiousness and legalism called the way of love. Tending toward the law can lead to pharisaical legalism; tending toward liberty may end in carnal licentiousness. The way of love is traveled with care and circumspection by the individual, who, with Christlike character, esteems others higher than him/herself.

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1 Corinthians 7

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But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife.

– 1 Corinthians 7:33

Paul in no way discourages this or judges this as wrong; he merely states it as fact. The married individual has more worldly cares and concerns than the unmarried. This does not mean that the married individual is not concerned about the things of the Lord and how he may please the Lord. Rather the married man or woman has a twofold concern. The distraction is a real, though I would agree with Darrin Patrick, in his book Church Planter, when he writes, “Your wife and your children (if you have them) are God’s sanctified distractions from ministry idolatry.”

A wife and children are sanctified distractions. But they are still somewhat distracting. Paul, as a single man, could serve the Lord without the hinderance of such distractions, and he clearly found that to be a good thing. Even a thing he would encourage others to do as well. That is, if they could.

On the other hand, it is important to remember the words of the Proverbs. “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” I have found this to be very true, and am grateful for the sanctified distractions that are my wife and kids.

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1 Corinthians 6

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And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

– 1 Corinthians 6:11

It is easy for us to get hung-up on the list of sins in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Those unrighteous acts that exclude practitioners of such things from access and entrance to God’s Kingdom. But when reading the sin list we must never forget that “such were some of us.” But by God’s grace we’ve been justified and cleansed. In the same way, those still walking in unrighteousness are prime candidates for the washing and regeneration of the Spirit.

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1 Corinthians 5

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But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.

– 1 Corinthians 5:11

I recently had a conversation with an individual who was struggling with interacting and connecting with a family-member who lives in what the Scriptures would classify as an “immoral situation.” They were not sure how to relate to this person and wanted to know if they should separate entirely from them. In the words of 1 Corinthians she was concerned, “should I “not to keep company with this immoral person.””

I greatly appreciated the desire for Biblical adherence in the life of this sister, but I asked her a simple question, which is also in line with 1 Corinthians 5: “Is this family-member a professing Christian and church goer?” “Oh no!” She responded with a slightly bewildered and shocked look. “I don’t think they’ve ever gone to church.”

Paul’s exhortation is clear. “Do not keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, etc.” If you were to withdraw from all immoral and sinful people then, as Paul writes, “you would need to go out of the world.”

Among the immoral and sinful people of the world, we should aim to be Christlike witnesses of grace. Beacons of hope and forgiveness to those who are lost and in darkness. Never forget that Jesus, in the eyes of the very religious, was a “friend of tax collectors and sinners.” That did not mean that He partook of the same sins as they, but He was comfortable to be around them, bringing grace and forgiveness to those who were (1) most in need, and (2) aware of their need.

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1 Corinthians 4

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Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

– 1 Corinthians 4:5

We are all exceptionally good at judging the thoughts, words, actions, and even the motives of those around us. Very good in the sense that we do it often. But not very good in that we very rarely are correct in our judgments. Paul’s exhortation is both strong and valid. We should withhold our judgments, knowing that God, the just and righteous Judge, will one day judge everything perfectly.

The Lord is going to come. The “day” will arise wherein the Lord Himself shall judge and expose the materials with which we have built our lives and ministries. The fact is, on that day when materials are exposed some will be shown to have been very beautifully veneered stubble.

Therefore be careful both how you judge others, and also how you build your own life.

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1 Corinthians 3

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And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 3:1

The natural man has not the Spirit of God and does not understand spiritual things. He (or she) lives instinctively after the things their flesh (sin nature) desires. The spiritual man has the Spirit and the mind of Christ… he therefore walks in the spirit and glorifies the Lord. But although the Corinthians had the indwelling Holy Spirit, they were not living and walking in the Spirit. They were living as babes in Christ. They were cognizant of spiritual things, even desiring the things of God. But they were dominated by the things of the flesh.

Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians is appropriate for the Corinthians, and for us, too. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

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1 Corinthians 2

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For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

– 1 Corinthians 2:2

Paul was a man of faith. Yes, he was among the Corinthians in weakness, fear, and in much trembling. But he persisted by faith, and through his diligence, a church was established.

It’s ok to be fearful and to feel weak. But by God’s enabling grace, be bold and stand, even if it is with much trembling that you do.

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1 Corinthians 1

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For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

– 1 Corinthians 1:22-24

I know that it is true that the message of the Cross is the power and wisdom of God made manifest. But quite frankly I am often tempted to think that I need something more than His wisdom and power.

The message of the cross was foolish to the intelligentsia of Paul’s day; it is foolish to the highbrow thinkers of ours. Its simplicity was a stumbling block to the committed religionists twenty centuries ago, and it continues to be so today. But the simple Gospel of Christ has powerfully transformed individuals and empires for the last 2,000 years, therefore we ought not hold back the message of the cross.

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Romans 16

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

– Romans 16:24

If you have the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, you have little need of anything else.

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