1 Corinthians 9

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But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

– 1 Corinthians 9:27

It is essential, for those running the race of the Christian life, to recognize the importance of discipline. The Disciple of Christ brings their body (i.e., their flesh) into subjection, to be controlled by the Spirit of God at work in and through them. Paul made this his aim, and we should too.

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1 Corinthians 8

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Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.

– 1 Corinthians 8:1

For the sake of understanding 1 Corinthians, it is important to recognize the words “Now concerning” throughout this second half of the book . Paul uses this phrase six times in this book (1 Cor. 7:1, 7:25, 8:1, 12:1, 16:1, 16:12). In each instance it appears that Paul is addressing issues, concerns or questions that the Corinthians had given to Paul in a letter. So Paul is responding to particular questions the Christians at Corinth had, concerning practical realities of Christian living.

I think it is important that we—like the Corinthians 2,000 years ago—seek the wisdom of God, from those that are our elders in the faith.

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1 Corinthians 7

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For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.

– 1 Corinthians 7:7

The Apostle Paul was an unmarried, unencumbered servant of Christ. He found this to be beneficial, in the work he did for the Kingdom of God. But he also recognized this ability to live in singleness as (apparently) a supernatural gifting. He recognized the greater flexibility this gave him, in the work of the ministry. Therefore he would write, “I wish that all men were even as I myself.” But he also recognized the reality that not all people were as he was. In fact, it is actually a minority of people who will untimely remain single.

God does enable and gift some to be single, and wholly dedicated to the work of the Lord. If one can do this, in purity, as unto the Lord, then they ought to do so. But “if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion” (1 Cor. 7:9).

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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

After rehearsing a long list of damnable sins, Paul writes, “And such were some of you.” May we never lose sight of the fact that prior to God’s saving grace transforming our natures, we were dead in trespasses and sin. But we have been washed, sanctified, and justified in Christ and by the Spirit.

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1 Corinthians 5

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Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

– 1 Corinthians 5:6

Two thousand years ago, the Christians at Corinth rejoiced over their willingness to allow an openly sinful person to remain within their fellowship. Apparently they believed themselves to be tolerant, gracious, and accepting. But Paul (and no doubt the Lord) was not pleased.

It is true, we should accept sinners as they are, hoping for their repentance, faith, and salvation. But we ought not allow an openly sinning, unrepentant brother or sister to remain within the fellowship of the Church.

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1 Corinthians 4

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Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

– 1 Corinthians 4:2

God’s requirement for you as His servant is faithfulness. That is ultimately what He is seeking. And in the end, that is what He will reward.

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

– Matthew 25:21, 23

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1 Corinthians 3

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I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

– 1 Corinthians 3:6

Each of us have a part to play in fulfilling Christ’s evangelistic, disciple making commission. You may be a plowman. Perhaps you’re a planter. Your job may be watering. In each of these tasks, we must be faithful if we are to see a harvest. But ultimately it is up to God to give the increase.

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1 Corinthians 2

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But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

– 1 Corinthians 2:14

“The things of the Spirt of God” are “spiritually discerned.” Which means that the Holy Scriptures are only truly understood as we seek God’s guidance and direction by His Spirit. Therefore it is helpful (necessary even) that you and I pray “God, open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law” (Psalm 119:18), every time we approach the Scriptures.

Make sure, before you begin your time reading, studying, memorizing, or meditating upon God’s word, that you pray for God’s discernment, understanding, and wisdom.

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1 Corinthians 1

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For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

– 1 Corinthians 1:17

There are a great many things that we can be distracted by. There are even man good things that we can be involved with. But we can never lose sight of the most important thing that God has given us to do.

Preach the Gospel!

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Romans 16

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Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

– Romans 16:25-27

God, in His grace, establishes us by the Gospel. He has justified us, is sanctifying us, and will glorify us, according to His mighty power, in Christ. The God be glory through Jesus Christ forever!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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