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October 19th, 2014

Introduction:

Last time we looked at the wisdom of God and discovered that the book of Corinthians had a high density of words with the stem  σοφ, found in words like sophia. 

If you are interested in the subject of wisdom then the book of 1 Corinthians is a great place to start. It is also instructive to note that the second to last book on the list of high density wisdom books is the prison epistle of PAul, Colosiians. We reviewed our age and the surpassing riches lavashed on us by Christ and the wisdom that has been sent (apostled) to us through the prison ministry of PAul. The Lord's work has given us a great place in God also, our hope is unprophesied and our calling is higher than the heavens. 

In this lesson we will continue the subject of God's wisdom and particularly the hidden wisdom of God in a mystery.

August 10th, 2015

Last time we looked at the rules for speaking in tongues and mentioned the last portion of chapter 14 relating to women and their place within the church administration. 

Today we will take this a little further starting from the gift of prophecy.

February 1st, 2015

Introduction:

Last time we finished chapter 6 which detailed the functional and acceptable use of the body. The belly is for meats and meats for the belly BUT God shall destroy (bring to naught) both it and them through the resurrection.

The body is NOT for fornication but for the Lord and the Lord for the body -- fornication is seen as a sin against the body and is a serious violation of God's will because it is a violation of body functionality and purpose set aside for marriage.

July 7th, 2015

This article introduces the student of scripture to the subject of the callings of God. It is a first pass through this deep subject.

 

May 16th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we examined the Lord's supper and its relation to the Acts economy -- "till he come" helps to delimit the time frame and makes its upper boundary contingent to the "near at hand" parousia of the Lord. The new covenant was with the old given to Israel (Jer. 31, Heb 8) and was commemorated (initially by the Lord) through a re-interpretation of the passover with new elements added (like the cup). These traditions (ordinances) were all a part of Israel's shadows and were never a part of the reality. In holding the "head": as PAul tells the Colossians (Col 2) we see and enjoy the substance and reality. We are not living in the shadows but in the light of the word of God rightly divided.
This lesson will examine chapter 12 and the gifts.

October 4th, 2015

Last time we looked at the issue of  a "soulish" person and a "spiritual" person and the fact that the immortal body will be "spiritual". We look forward to the new body for many reasons -- not only is it the means for us to experience eternal life but it is the way we enjoy it as well. The bare grain of 15:37 is how the body was set up originally -- a far cry from the resurrected body (that which shall be). The specific resurrection mentioned here is that which occurs at the last trum and is found in Matt 24:29-35, 1 Thess.4:16 and Rev. 11:15,16. These passages have nothing to say about our hope which was hid in God.

December 6th, 2014

Introduction:

Last week we looked at 4:1-7. This was a passage about not taking people above that which was written.  

6  (AV) And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
Ταῦτα δέ, ἀδελφοί, μετεσχημάτισα εἰς ἐμαυτὸν καὶ Ἀπολλὼ δι᾽ ὑμᾶς, ἵνα ἐν ἡμῖν μάθητε τὸ μὴ ὑπὲρ ὃ γέγραπται φρονεῖν, ἵνα μὴ εἷς ὑπὲρ τοῦ ἑνὸς φυσιοῦσθε κατὰ τοῦ ἑτέρου. (1Co 4:6 TBT)

Paul had transferred the examples created by the miscrient persons of the Corinthian assembly (who formed divisive groups) to serve  more noble and humbling examples as they were transformed to himself and Apollos. This week we will move the discussion forward as we get further into chapter 4.

 

March 29th, 2015

Introduction:

Chapter 9 ends with an analogy to sports, running a race and boxing and then Paul says

 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Co 9:27 KJG)

This is not "castaway" from salvation but to be disapproved. Salvation is by grace and rewards by works. The race and sports competitions are in the context of reward. Paul takes this  further in the next chapter.

October 21st, 2014

Introduction

If it ain't broke don't fix it! This applies to many practical day to day life experiences we encounter -- the lawnmower, the fridge, the car etc. On the other hand if your car is sounding like a bloated cow then you may need to take notice and do something about it! 

August 13th, 2015

Last time we looked at the last portion of chapter 14.  The issues related to prophecy and women teachers in the church. It was found that men and women were to function differently in the church and that this was not something that was found in only one age but was rooted in the Genesis of mankind and hence inter dispensational. These different functions are not surprizing when one considers the differences both morphological and psychological. The Christian faith proposes the best model of functionality and peace from God. Rebellion to this will have its fruits and we see much of that today.

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