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November 9th, 2014

Introduction

Last time we looked at the mystery of 1 Cor. 2:7. 

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (1Co 2:7 KJV)
7  ἀλλὰ λαλοῦμεν σοφίαν Θεοῦ ἐν μυστηρίῳ, τὴν ἀποκεκρυμμένην, ἣν προώρισεν ὁ Θεὸς πρὸ τῶν αἰώνων εἰς δόξαν ἡμῶν· (1Co 2:7 TBT)

Before the ages God had pre-marked out the strategy He would use in destroying the enemy and accomplishing the redemption of all that would respond to His call. This was a mixture of prophecy and hidden wisdom.

Today we will look at the the remainder of the chapter.

March 7th, 2015

Introduction:

Last time we finished our discussion on marriage during the Acts period. Paul's instruction though not by commandment was nonetheless through his inspired judgment and he tells the believers then that it would be "better" for the unmarried to remain in that state. This can only be rightly interpreted by understanding and acknowledging that these were necessities of the short time which was then in progress. That is, Christ's coming was close and the ministry that Paul was involved with, and encouraging others to follow him in, had an administration that held Jew to be first and an economy with its roots in the gospels and old testament Jewish scriptures. This idea is extended also to the widow:

KJG  1 Corinthians 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. (1Co 7:39 KJG)
KJG  1 Corinthians 7:40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
TBT  1 Corinthians 7:40 μακαριωτέρα δέ ἐστιν ἐὰν οὕτω μείνῃ, κατὰ τὴν ἐμὴν γνώμην· δοκῶ δὲ κἀγὼ Πνεῦμα Θεοῦ ἔχειν.

She is happier (more blessed) to remain unmarried -- and literally "and I also seem to have the Spirit of God". Do you think it is the Spirit of God to take the "short time" regimin appropriate to the ACTS and then impose it on believers today ignoring the Judgment of Acts 28?

I trust that through the reading of this great epistle that you will see the mind of God in context and discern the things  that differ.

June 28th, 2015

 

Introduction:

Last time we examined most of the 13 verses of chapter 13 concerning the enduring "charity" or christian love. The signs and wonders were a part of a temporary manifestation of the powers of the age to come (Heb 6:5). This reminds us that the "Mystery" given to PAul the prisoner was not a part of the revelation given to the Acts believers. This has many consequences when interpreting this thirteenth chapter.

The bomb shell for those of us who were taught that "the body of Christ" began in Acts is the Fact that this is wrong and any structure built on this mid Acts  assumption will ultimately crash to the ground.

October 12th, 2014

Introduction

Last time we looked at the logic of Paul's ministry and also his statement that Christ sent him "not to baptize". There is a wrong syllogism that many who promote a mid-Acts start for the sussoma use and which can only be rectified by accepting the clear Acts 28 divide that the Holy Spirit has recorded for us in the scriptures.

We will now continue with some more truths from the scriptures concerning baptism, connections and dissimilarities which point the way to more light and understanding both of the Mystery and the times of Messiah Isa.33:6.

January 18th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at the matter of going to the unrighteous for the settlements of differences between brothers and how this was utterly a fault.

7  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

Today we will move into the seriousness of the actions performed by the Corinthians and the principle of judgment will be taken into the personal life of the believer finally concentrating on the body.

December 25th, 2009

by W. M. Henry of the Open Bible Trust

The study of the Scriptures as enlightened by the Holy Spirit, Who bears testimony through them to the Lord Jesus Christ, is the sure foundation for the continual growth in faith which is a necessity for every believer; for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16)

Authority

May 3rd, 2015

Introduction:

Last time we looked at the application of practical teaching from the Acts period considering the apparent tension between 10:21 "Ye cannot" and 10:25 "Whatsoever is sold .. that eat". We discovered that when an issue of truth was destroyed by compromize then it would be better to offend man than God.

Today we look at chapter 11

September 13th, 2015

Last time we looked at the idea of sleep as it pertains to the metaphor of death for the Christian. Time is relative, and what we know about time from Physics is that it is present within our "thing" or matter - energy universe -- taken outside that and it need not be there. If the spirit goes back to God and God is fundamentally outside His creation then the spirit is not subject to time and if "sleep" is a metaphor for death then resurrection is an awakening. Sleep is a form of unconsciousness and therefore time has no meaning. We breath out at death and we breath into our resurrected body. With respect to our time frame we move out and into the time dimension seamlessly with no delay regardless of how much time moves by on earth. 

November 16th, 2014

Introduction

Last time we looked at the passages below (Welch). This structure allows us to see the scope of the verses. A couple of points pop right out as we compare and contrast words and phrases in the structure. This process brings to our attention useful insights which remind us and augment what we have learnt. 

  • b: Man's wisdom equates to the spirit of the world while in c the spirit of God is the Holy Spirit
  • a: Things of God revealed corresponds with explained by by spiritual means. 
  • C: Revelation -- Discernment -- God reveals through spiritual discernment
  • B: None knew -- they had the spirit of the world BUT "we" have the mind of Christ. 
  • A: Wisdom can only be spoken to the mature -- the reason Paul could not speak this wisdom to the Corinthians was that they were Babes.

This time we shall comment on what the Holy Spirit says next as He speaks through the human instrument of Paul.

March 15th, 2015

Introduction:

Last time we looked at chapter 8 and saw that Paul took very seriously the doctrine of the "stumblingblock", indeed he even said that it was a sin to use freedom in such a way that it causes a brother to perish.

KJV  1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
TBT  1 Corinthians 8:13 διόπερ εἰ βρῶμα σκανδαλίζει τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, οὐ μὴ φάγω κρέα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, ἵνα μὴ τὸν ἀδελφόν μου σκανδαλίσω.

Eating flesh offered  to an idol (which was nothing in the world) in itself was perfectly permissable and was a freedom that those who had enlightened knowledge could enjoy -- but doing so in the presence of a weaker brother was not just a mistake but a sin.

Today we will begin on chapter 9 where Paul answers those who examine him.

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