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1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11

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1&2 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.

 

1Cor 11,1-6

(73h) Authority >> Respect authority in the family >> Respect the institution of marriage -- These verses go with verse 10. I doubt 1Corinthians 11 is a womanís favorite chapter, since it is filled with instruction, mostly viewpoints between men and women that are not very popular in our culture. That is not to say Paul is wrong or the Scriptures are wrong or obsolete concerning these issues. Nor is it to say that we have progressed, so that we no longer practice these things. Rather, it is more likely we donít practice them for the same reason we donít practice other portions of Scripture, because of disobedience. We have really poor attitudes regarding men and women, and we say Paul had a near blasphemous attitude about women based on this chapter, because he dared to say women should submit to authority, but our criticism of Paul stems from our culture, which is steeped in rebellion. Maybe what Paul said about his culture was more his opinion, but as in other cases if we accepted his opinion we would be the ones to benefit. At the core of his argument, Paul makes a number of good points that would improve our culture if we listened to him. For example, whether a woman has long hair or short hair or whether she wears a hat in church is not important compared to whether she remains submissive to authority. Now, if she remains submissive to her husbands authority, then he should treat his woman with the utmost respect. Again, whether a woman remains quiet in church is not the point; the point is that she should remain submissive to authority, and for that reason the man should reward her submissive attitude with the utmost respect. If you notice, on both sides of the gender line the attribute conspicuously absent in our culture is respect. If we were to simply learn to respect one another, our culture would begin a healing process, but the damage to humanity has occurred over a course of perhaps millennia, so our problems are so deep only the Holy Spirit can fix us now, but we must let Him.

1Cor 11,1-3

(43f) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to me as I conform to Christ

(72d) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Men delegate authority in their position  

1Cor 11-1

(11j) Servant >> Paul is our example of how to walk with God Ė How important was it to the Church that they had someone to look up to as an example of Christianity? What happened to the Church after Paul and the other apostles fell asleep? (Act 20-29; "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.") Donít you think part of the reason the Church today is floundering because we donít have the example they had in Paul? The Bible teaches that in the last days the Church will conform to the will of God, suggesting we will again have great examples of how to live and act as Christians. There are some good examples out there, but the Church as a whole unfortunately does not have many good examples, and do not wait for a televangelist to light the way, since the airwaves are controlled by spiritual forces of wickedness that would never allow someone like Paul on TV. Instead, look to your own pastor, who like Paul, knows and is convinced to the core of his being what he believes, and will not only tell you the truth at any cost, but will also show you the way.

(93j) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Through men >> Follow me as I follow Christ Ė Paul was not being arrogant when he said this, though some would disagree, yet he was just being honest, which is why we should follow his example. What petty arguments people might pose against him, there must be a hundred faults laying right on the surface of his criticís actions. Paul was possibly the most dedicated man to the gospel in recorded history, and he never met Jesus in the flesh as the other apostles did, indicating that it really wasnít much of an advantage to have known Jesus in the flesh. Paul had just as much an opportunity to walk in the flesh as anyone, only he determined in his heart to follow Christ instead. Paul also needed to be saved like the rest of us, not just because of His past life as a persecutor of the Church, but even as a born-again believer in Jesus he sinned. We are all sinners in need of a savior, so when Paul said, ďBe imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ,Ē he was speaking within the parameters of his faith. Paul often lacked patience, holding his fellow disciples to a high standard, expecting them to be just as committed to the Lord as himself. So when John Mark got scared and ran, Paul never wanted Mark to go with him again, but then later repented and brought Mark on other missionary journeys, indicating that he had earlier made a mistake and was quick to judge Mark. This is not something Jesus would have done, because Mark had a good heart; he just got scared. Mark went on to write the gospel of Mark. Otherwise, his reputation was flawless according to his enemies, who did everything in their power to prosecute him, but found nothing he did worthy of death or imprisonment.

1Cor 11-2,3

(189b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Holy offering

1Cor 11-2

(174b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Manís religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Good habits

(232h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Hold on to the word of God

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3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

 

1Cor 11,3-16

(10b) Responsibility >> Bringing order to the Church >> Issues between men and women Ė This is the sequence in which Paul was speaking about the relationship between men and women: the creation happened first, and then the Lordís salvation. This prompted him to say, ďMan is the image and glory of God, but woman is the gory of man,Ē also to say, ďChrist is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.Ē This last statement combines the creation with the Lordís salvation, but together these two statements define the relationship between men and women in terms of the creation, but later he said that in the Lord they are equal. Nevertheless, Paul says that men and women still must relate to each other in the way they were given at creation for the purpose of maintaining order. Adam had a higher position with God than Eve, and for this reason she should submit to his authority, and that the man should in turn respect her ministry with the angels. To incorporate these priorities would maintain order in the Church and in society, but without them, well, you can see for yourself what people are making of the world.

1Cor 11,3-15

(3h) Responsibility >> To the Family >> God addresses both genders >> Instruction about women Ė These are tough verses for women, especially nowadays when women are seeking equal status among men. Women actually do have equal status with men according to the Bible, but not in the way they are pursuing it. In fact, women are equal in every way to men spiritually, but not in an earthly sense. They cannot have what men have, any more than men can have what women have. Women need to respect and appreciate what they have, and to realize that their role is imperative to the preservation of culture and to future generations. Without women our culture would fall apart in a single generation. If you donít believe it, just look at what has happened to this country since women stopped raising our nations children and stepped into the work force. A woman trying to be like men is like a man trying to get pregnant. Man is made in the image and likeness of God, and women are clamoring for his position, but they donít understand that women are already in a great position of authority being the glory of man and having the ministry of angles, coupled with the heart of servants (i.e. Eve being Adamís helpmate). For women to not appreciate the position of a servant is proof that they don't understand the heart of Christ, who came as the servant of all mankind. However, being like Christ and the angels is not good enough for todayís women; they want to abandon their post and pursue the likeness of God apart from men, but they will only obtain the image of Satan's rebellion that way. On a spiritual level, women who are born of the Spirit have the same status as men having been created in the image and likeness of God.

1Cor 11,3-14

(3k) Responsibility >> To the Family >> God addresses both genders >> Good men

1Cor 11-3

(3d) Responsibility >> To the Family >> Marriage >> Advocating marriage Ė Just as there is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit there is also Christ, man, and woman (man plays the role of Christ and woman plays the role of the Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit is considered the servant of the godhead even as the woman is considered the manís "help mate," yet Christ, while he was in the flesh, was completely dependent on the Holy Spirit and acted as Christís lifeline to the Father, just as the woman is man's lifeline to the future. This is the biblical understanding of servanthood: a servant serves those with higher rank, but holds a position of equal status. (This is quite different from the worldís perception of a servant.) Identically, the woman is called to serve the man, yet she holds equal status with him.

(68b) Authority >> Doing Godís work under His authority >> Natural Ministry of helps

(72i) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> More Authority The More Responsibility >> Closer we get to Jesus the more power

(253j) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is under the authority of the Father >> Jesus obtained power through subjection to the Father

 

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4-6 Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. 5 But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head.

 

1Cor 11,4-15

(113a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heavenís clothes >> Protection >> Covering -- Paul begins talking about who should wear what on their heads while praying or prophesying, as though it were important. These concerns must have been cultural at the time, because they donít appear to have an application on a spiritual level. Whether you have something on your head or not while you are praying doesnít make a difference to God, and if God doesnít care how long your hair is or what you are wearing, then it must be a cultural thing, and our culture simply doesnít acknowledge this like it did back then. It is neither good nor bad. It doesnít exist in the realm of law, and it doesnít even exist in the realm of advice, yet Paul is very adamant about it, being part of his culture. It is also possible that Paul had the attitude about women that they were supposed to remain submissive. According to Scripture, that is a fact, and so is the fact that a woman's long hair (and or wearing a hat) symbolizes her submission to authority and her ministry with the angels. In most cases the Scriptures are timeless, but in this case Paul seems to have hit on something that is more in the cultural realm. 

1Cor 11,4-11

(246hh) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Demonstration of Godís kingdom >> God demonstrates His glory >> Materializing the inner man Ė Man, being the glory of God, should not have his head covered in that he should proudly display the glory of God, as Jesus said in Mat 5-15,16, ďNeither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.Ē However, since the woman is the glory of man, she should have her head covered, because she is not the glory of every man, but the glory of only one -- her husband. For this reason she wears long hair as a veil as a means of showing her femininity, dignity and modesty.

1Cor 11,4-7 

(153h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Walking in condemnation >> Walking in rebellion -- These verses go with verses 13-16

(203e) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Stepping out of position -- These verses go with verses 13-34

1Cor 11-4,5

(152j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> Church operates under a prophetic anointing >> Speaking a prophetic word from God

1Cor 11-5,6

(190g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Undressing >> Naked before God -- These verses go with verse 13

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7-12 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 8 For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; 9 for indeed man was not created for the woman's sake, but woman for the man's sake. 10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 However, in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God.

 

1Cor 11,7-12

(250g) Priorities >> Godís prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Spiritual then the natural (anointing then miracles)

1Cor 11,7-10

(170e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Greed and lust are the glory of man >> Woman is the glory of man Ė Women have the ministry of angels, which is the ministry of helps. She was made for Adam as his helpmate, yet having the ministry of angels does not seem good enough for women today. Instead, they have utter contempt for their place and ministry with the angels and rather covet Adamís position of authority whose ministry resembled Christ, the Son of God, sounding eerily similar to lusting after the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Nevertheless, since Christ has been sacrificed both men and women are equal in His eyes, yet while on earth they have unique ministries toward one another, yet she is highly rebellious to the idea of submitting to a man; even the word ďsubmissionĒ makes her cringe, because it signifies humility and we live in an arrogant society. The fact that the woman treats her own angelic ministry with distain and craves Adamís position of authority suggests that Eve has not yet learned her lesson. When Paul says that the woman originated from the man, points to the Genesis account. After God created Adam he took one of His ribs and created woman from the dust of the ground. The woman was created for the manís sake, yet man is born through the woman. Adam may have been created first, yet man is dependent on the woman for his existence, establishing equality between the genders, yet both cannot have equal authority. One must submit and God is calling the woman, and man to bestow honor on the woman for her angelic ministry.

1Cor 11-10

(15h) Servant >> Angels have authority >> They have the power to decree an order Ė This is a comparison between women and angels to show that they hold similar officesóthey are both servants. 

(73h) Authority >> Respect authority in the family >> Respect the institution of marriage -- This verse goes with verses 1-6

1Cor 11-11,12

(1g) Responsibility >> Become all things to all men >> Blending together Ė To think that one gender is superior to another is absurd by evidence of this Scripture which indicates that male and female are dependent on each other for their lives while they both owe their very existence to God. This verse leaves little room for boasting, arrogance or lording one over the other, since we are both equal in various ways, and are in a better position to blend our lives together than to make distinctions.

(131g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependence >> Serving one another

(136c) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Similarity in the body >> No distinction between male and female

(212c) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> All things originated from God

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13-15 Judge for yourselves : is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 

 

1Cor 11,13-34

(203e) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Stepping out of position -- These verses go with verses 4-7. The military is concerned about the length of hair on men; they have no longhaired soldiers, and as Christians we are soldiers in Godís army. Since it appears that long hair constitutes rebellion, the military wants to communicate the message that they are not killing people from rebellion, but they are only trying to protect their own nation, the welfare of other nations and enforce global policy; in short they are trying to do the right thing. That is what short hair represents, but whether the military is actually doing the right thing is another subject altogether. Paul wanted short hair on Christian men to convey the idea that the Churchís intensions were good and that we are not a lot of rabble-rousers in rebellion against society. Rather, society is in rebellion against God and the Church. A person can seem perfectly amiable and have long hair, but the minute someone in authority with good reason asks them to cut their hair and they refuse, it exposes their rebellion. Paul was saying to the Corinthians that they are rebelling against authority, and it is not a coincidence that some of the men had long hair, so cut the hair and cut the rebellion.

1Cor 11,13-17

(1d) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God and people >> Maintain a good reputation Ė A lot of people say that this was just Paulís opinion, but that is not what he said. He was always careful to address certain issues as his opinion when he wasnít speaking for the Lord. All the leaders of the Church were in agreement, meaning that this wasnít just Paulís idea. He was always conscious of his own reputation in the world and the overall reputation of the Church. He spent a large amount to time and effort creating an image about himself, and he didnít want anyone getting the wrong idea about the purpose and goal of the Church; he would go to any length to avoid offending people, doing whatever it took to see more people get saved. If more people were saved and became members of the Church because men cut their hair, then he wanted it cut.

(153h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Walking in condemnation >> Walking in rebellion -- These verses go with verses 4-7. The Corinthians came together not for the better but for the worse, meaning there was rebellion among them, and long hair on men symbolized that rebellion. It is probably universal that the symbolism of long hair on a man has always represented rebellion. Paul didnít want to walk into an assembly and find a lot of longhaired hippies running the Church or even in the congregation. In the sixties movement we know that rebellion was the prime motivator, and men wore long hair; we come to Christ and our days of rebellion are over, so there is no need for long hair on men, and the Church has no other instruction.

1Cor 11,13-15

(13e) Servant >> Serve the body >> Promoting its health >> Serve as a covering for others Ė The womanís hair acts as a covering for her, and this covering represents the man; he is her protector as an umbrella protects one from the rain, and short hair on men does that much more to distinguish him from his wife, broadening the contrast between male and female, which is what God wants. He doesnít want genders to blend together; women are mysterious to men and men are mysterious to women, and that is how it should remain, for the mystery of the genders attracts them together that the heterosexual relationship may continue indefinitely, showing the homosexual relationship to be unnatural, perverted and depraved.

1Cor 11-13

(69g) Authority >> Righteous judgment >> Meditate on discernment >> Judging what is right

(190g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Undressing >> Naked before God -- This verse goes with verses 5&6

1Cor 11-14

(240g) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Natural disadvantage >> Natural disadvantage of the flesh >> The sinful flesh Ė It would seem almost unimaginable to hear Jesus complain about long hair on men, yet this verse indicates that Jesus Himself had short hair, and another passage in the book of Acts said that Paul cut his hair to keep a vow (Act 18-18), so did Paul allow his hair to grow long before he cut it, or was it short and he cut is shorter? Based on this verse, it is likely that Jesus had short hair, though He is depicted as a longhaired hippy. It would seem that Jesus was in rebellion against the world, where in fact it was just the opposite; the world was in rebellion against Him. Either way, He contradicted the world in almost every way, even with His hair.

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16&17 But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God. 17 But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. 

 

1Cor 11,16-22

(21f) Sin >> Disobedience opposes unity in the Church -- These verses go with verses 33&34. Along with having a party spirit, being contentious, looking only for a good time and always striving to be first, created an environment of factions that started divisions within the Corinthian Church. Divisions means what it says, that the Church is divided because of doctrinal differences. One person believes this and another believes that, until they become angry and contentious. Factions basically means the same thing with one exception; there is a leader involved. Typically, in every division not a single side is right, and in a faction there is no attempt to reconcile; therefore the leader of the faction should be physically removed from the Church. To have a pot bless is one thing, but some of the Church members actually got drunk on the communion wine! The wine that is supposed to represent the blood of Christ they were imbibing. ĎThe more we drink, the more spiritual we become,í is not hardly the way it works. If a person wanted an anointing from the Holy Spirit to rest upon him, that is something he must cultivate as a lifelong process through faith and obedience as a student of Godís word and as a disciple of prayer and as a servant of the people. Then God will anoint his life for the purpose of performing the ministry. 

(166n) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> >> The carnal mind cannot discern between good and evil >> The carnal mind lacks integrity

(178h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for disunity -- These verses go with verses 27-34. Paulís complaint was that when people came to church, instead of being benefited, they went home worse than when they came. If we go to church somewhere and come home feeling more discouraged than ever, we should probably not go back there again. Church is about edifying the body of Christ and building-up people in the faith. Every Sunday when we go to church, we should treat it as a special occasion; that is why we dress-up. We are going to meet the people of God in the presence of God; this is church in a nutshell, and it is unfathomably important not only to meet with God, but also with His people, because among His people there is synergy, meaning the unit is greater than its parts. When we come together, we are stronger as a unit than we are as individuals. If we did the math, for the individual we would add up the people (2x/2), but if we calculated the synergy in the body of Christ, we would have to multiply them this way: (2x/2). If only five people attended our church, then the value of them as individuals would be 5, but united their value would be 16, more than three times stronger than the individual. Synergyís strength is exponential!

(181a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the authority of God -- These verses go with verses 27-34

(204a) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Practicing sin >> Dying in sin -- These verses go with verses 27-34. Paul was obviously frustrated that they did not come together to celebrate this sacrifice in a spirit of gratitude, saying that communion should be for the better, but they were doing it for the worse, meaning that the way they were celebrating communion was worsening their situation, in fact saying that some died as a result of their lack of reverence. This is not to say God struck them dead, but their attitude affected every aspect of their lives, living in such a way that if allowed to continue, their faith would have eroded to a point of mere mental ascent, which has never saved anyone, so God took them before they lost their salvation.

1Cor 11,16-19

(158g) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Division (Cliques) >> Special interest groups

1Cor 11-16

(10a) Rules of the Church (Key verse)

1Cor 11,17-22

(10d) Responsibility >> Keeping order in the Church Ė If anyone wants to argue with Paul, he would tell him that there is no other practice. Maybe in the first century people had enough reverence for God to stop contending with the presbytery, but in todayís world the contentious man stops at nothing when it comes to maligning and condemning God and His people. When the Corinthians came together, there were divisions among them, though Paul gave them some benefit of the doubt. This is how much Paul believed in God for the Corinthians to be perfected in the will of God, after they showed Paul almost no reason to trust them. He trusted them anyway, because of Christ who is able to make them trustworthy. He had seen the negative side of them, and so in part he believed there were divisions.

(69e) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Righteous anger >> Church is angry at sin

(153j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Walking in condemnation >> Attacking the body of Christ -- These verses go with verses 27-34

1Cor 11,17-19

(169i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Loving the approval of men rather than the approval of God >> Coveting the favor of men

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18-22 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you. 20 Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper, 21 for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I will not praise you. 

 

1Cor 11-18,19

(223c) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Conceit >> Imposing your opinion of self on others >> Cliques make people seek your acceptance Ė There is a difference between divisions and factions: divisions come by way of a contentious spirit, whereas factions come through certain individuals who would undermine the Church and draw away the disciples after them (Act 20-30). Factions always cause divisions, so if divisions have occurred, we should determine whether or not anyone was behind them. The way to discriminate a division from a faction is to look for somebody leading the division. If somebody seems to be orchestrating it, then it is a faction. These people have ulterior motives; they have the appearance of Christianity; they go to church; that alone is an appearance of Christianity. They sit in a pew among the rest of the saints and everyone assumes they are Christian. However, a factious person does his work under cloak of darkness, never forthright, and all his works have an appearance of righteousness. It is not always easy to discern a factious person. Everyone seems to want to serve the Lord, except that divisions keep surfacing and they wonít go away. Like fruit inspectors, we inspect peopleís produce; or like an electrician looking for an offending circuit that no longer supports a current, causing the device to work improperly or not at all. It is a matter of keeping our eyes open and looking for trends and origins of division. When we find the offending member, what should we do with him? What did Paul do? He ripped into those who caused division, and in some cases he expelled them from the Church depending on the type of offense. If it had to do with immorality, they were immediately extricated, but in other cases, they would probably be reprimanded first and told that if it continues, they will no longer be welcome at church, until they repent.

1Cor 11-19

(198e) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Men place themselves in positions of authority >> Men raising up men

(240e) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Natural disadvantage >> Beware when all men speak well of you >> Natural disadvantage of seeking popularity

1Cor 11,20-34

(76n) Thy kingdom come >> Desires >> Word is food >> Bread of life is the word of God

1Cor 11,20-30

(130a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Communion Ė Paul did not acknowledge the Corinthians as partaking of the Lordís Supper. They may have thought they were eating the Lordís Supper, but in Paulís mind they were not. God saw them as coming together to have a banquet and getting drunk; that has nothing to do with the Lordís Supper. If going to church is meant to be a special occasion that people dress-up for it every week, how much more special is communion? It should be taken will all the more reverence! This is the proper attitude, and the Church today has virtually mastered the reverence for the Lordís Supper. However, if we must manufacture this reverence; that is, if the Church is not giving us a sense of reverence for God, it signifies a lack of holiness and commitment to the ministry of the Spirit, who wants to accomplish the work of Christ among His people.

1Cor 11,20-22

(23h) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Shaming the poor

1Cor 11-21

(159i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit anointing >> Drunkenness >> Having a party spirit Ė The Corinthians, when they came together for church would eat like barbarians and get drunk, but notice that Paul did not condemn them for either one; he condemned them for doing it at church, meaning feasting at home is perfectly fine and even drinking alcohol in moderation, yet we all know someone who is an alcoholic. Paul made no negative comment about them imbibing alcohol, except that they did it at church under pretense of the Lordís Supper. If a person is an alcoholic or has an affinity for alcoholism, if it is in his family, then it would be wise if he didnít drink, otherwise there is no harm in it. It can be beneficial to our health, calming the nerves when taken in sensible portions, but if it bothers our conscience to touch our lips to alcohol, then we shouldnít do it. That is where the line is drawn; everything is for conscienceí sake; we serve God with our conscience. Our faith comes through obeying the Holy Spirit, but our conscience regulates our service to Him. The difference between serving the Holy Spirit and serving our conscience is the difference between a parent and a child. Our purpose in this life is to obey the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, and one of the means that we do this is by serving our conscience.

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23-26 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.

 

1Cor 11,23-34

(184k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging Godís Grace Through The Mud >> Dishonoring the grace of God Ė These words are spoken every Sunday in various churches throughout the world (Vs 23-26), but for those who believe that the body and blood of Christ is manifested in the communion, Jesus said, ďDo this in remembrance of Me,Ē not to bring about the literal presence of the body and blood of Christ. The fact that people believe this, having been taught for thousands of years starting in the Catholic Church, which was started by the pagans of Rome and at least partially survived the reformation, in which the Lutherans and some others still believe the theory of Transubstantiation, they need to understand that if they are wrong about this, they are actually practicing witchcraft. Witchcraft is defined as, ĎPerforming an incantation with the expectation of effecting the physical realm through the spiritual.í All witchcraft is based on superstition, and superstition is based on ignorance. If they were confident in this theory of the body and blood of Christ being present in the Eucharist, they would teach it every week, but they donít because it is controversial, and they know if someone challenged their ideas, they wouldnít be able to defend them using the Scriptures. Instead, the Scriptures speak against it, such as this passage that they quote every week, telling them to take communion in remembrance of Him. Communion is taken every week, and they claim that Jesus is present in the bread and the wine, yet the people leave the sanctuary no different than they entered. Christ is present in those who obey Him, so if they want the presence of God, they should try obeying the Lord, which would spiritually change them, but people donít want the change to happen to them; they want it to happen to the bread and the wine. Those who obey Christ have received gifts imparted into him. Things become clarified, so they have knowledge of God that they didnít have before they obeyed Him. In short, they have experienced the presence of God. 

(230a) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus >> Partaking of communion Ė The Corinthian church was the most carnal of all the Churches to whom Paul wrote, and based on this passage it couldnít be more evident. Looking at the way they took communion, treating the ceremony as if it were a feast, they appeared barbaric by comparison to our contemporary ways. But maybe they didnít understand the significance of it, so Paul taught them, and what he wrote to them are the words that we often quote in our own communion ceremonies today. When Paul finished teaching them, they knew the significance of communion, explaining that the ceremony is a solemn moment, practiced in quietness of heart and reverence for the gift that God has given us in His Son Jesus Christ, who gave His body and blood for the life of the Church.

1Cor 11,23-30

(38b) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged man through the blood of His son

(136g) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesusí spiritual body

1Cor 11,23-26

(209jb) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus is the lamb of God >> We remember His sacrifice at communion Ė The purpose of communion is to proclaim the Lordís death without reference to the resurrection, remembering what the Lord has done for us, and not to forget about the cross of Jesus Christ and the suffering He endured for us. He did it in hope of creating a church and establishing a people for the glory of the Father and for His own namesake, that His people might live with Him forever as His children, his brothers and sisters and collectively His bride, that they might share His seat on His Father's throne and that we might learn the power and authority of God by personally experiencing Him. To speak of Christís death is to speak of His glory, who willingly died for His people that God had prepared for Him to receive for His own possession, who are zealous for good works.

1Cor 11-23

(110k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of revelation >> Effect of the spirit on the word Ė The Holy Spirit through the Scriptures is how God reveals Himself to us. What Paul received from the Lord was not a revelation, but the logos, the written word of God from the disciples who were there and heard Jesus speak these words, and the apostles conveyed them to Paul, so there was no revelation in the words themselves, but in their significance. In other words, we can have a revelation of the logos, the written word. It should be every personís goal when they read the Bible to understand the logos by revelation, which come through prayer, and so we must prayerfully read the Scriptures, meaning that we are waiting on God to reveal His word to us, and as we read His word and feel His Spirit, we should stop and listen and allow His Spirit to apply Himself to the words that are written on the page, so we can understand them in the way God understands His Truth.

1Cor 11-25,26

(174a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Manís religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Good customs

1Cor 11-25

(205f) Salvation >> Salvation is based on Godís promises >> New covenant >> The new covenant in His blood

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27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.

 

1Cor 11,27-34

(2o) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Quit sinning

(27b) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Curse >> Deeds that return to the doer >> Blood of Jesus

(153j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Walking in condemnation >> Attacking the body of Christ -- These verses go with verses 17-22

(178h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for disunity -- These verses go with verses 16-22

(181a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the authority of God -- These verses go with verses 16-22

(190db) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Literal suicide

(204a) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Practicing sin >> Dying in sin -- These verses go with verses 16-22

1Cor 11,27-32

(64k) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> Godís judgments accomplish the devilís will

1Cor 11,27-30

(45i) Judgment >> Of believerís sin >> God will judge us for trampling on His son Ė Remorse is one thing; repentance is another. If a person lives outside of repentance, he is guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. However, in the case of the one who is in bondage to sin, who truly is remorseful and is living under heavy conviction of the Holy Spirit, and is seeking repentance from God, we should keep the communion table open to him, giving time and room for God to work and not to judge him. In contrast, the one who has no remorse and no intension of repentance, we donít want his attitudes and values bringing unrest and ruination to peopleís faith. The Church is a haven for the faithful, not a hideout for spiritual fugitives. Allowing them to remain in the Church who have no sense of repentance is tantamount to sharing in their sins. The Lord Himself will descend upon the congregation and judge His people if they do not rightly judge themselves. The person who is in remorse over his bondage is already being judged; it is the one who has no intensions of repentance whom God will personally judge, and if the Church continues to harbor people like this, allowing them to take communion with the saints, God will judge the assembly along with the sinner. Some will become weak and sick and a number of them will even die. 

(51c) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> Warning of Wrath >> God warns the Church Ė ďTaking communion in an unworthy mannerĒ refers to sinning in the absence of repentance. If a person is living in sin and takes communion, he shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. It doesnít refer to a person who has committed a single sin, because we all do that; it is for this that we take communion in the first place to remind us of Godís forgiveness. It is when a person develops a sinful lifestyle that he starts having spiritual problems. Paul wrote extensively about bondage to sin as Christians in the book of Romans, meaning that Christians occasionally become slaves of sin and struggle to become free, sometimes for years, and find it very difficult to repent. Paul is teaching that a Christian who is in such a spiritual state still is entitled to communion. It is the unrepentant person who lives in sin without remorse, whom the Church should withhold communion, otherwise he is modeling for the assembly the abuse of Godís grace. Jesus taught that He came to set us free from sin, but that doesnít mean every Christian is free. None of us have authority to declare a person saved or unsaved, because we donít know what is in their hearts. They may be born-again and in love with God, but battling sin and in deep remorse over it. In contrast, the person who calls himself a Christian and lives in sin without any remorse the New Testament condemns as an unbeliever.

(64d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot help but judge sin

(173c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the Catholic faith >> Catholic doctrine versus the Bible Ė Paul chastised the Corinthian Church for the divisions that existed among them. The Church had become very disorganized and irreverent, treating the Lordís Supper as it were a feast. Instead of coming together for communion, they came together to fill their bellies, and actually got drunk at the communion table! Jesus didnít teach communion this way. He gave everyone a single piece of bread and had them dip it in the wine. How did the Corinthians ring the dinner bell from His example? It is no wonder God judged them for their irreverence. They treated the Lordís Supper with contempt and got what they deserved. Paul humiliated them, complaining that they were shaming those who had nothing, saying, ďTherefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.Ē Many false beliefs derived from gross insubordination and abuse such as this. It seems whenever waywardness is allowed to run rampant, it always comes to the same erroneous conclusions about the truth of God, essentially making transubstantiation inevitable, and so was the Catholic Church inevitable. Therefore, it is important to judge ourselves rightly before taking communion to avoid being judged, for there are some who eat and drink judgment to themselves. We should be rightly judging ourselves in all respects. Most people are not very introspective because they donít really want to know whatís in their hearts. When God judges us, He disciplines us, so we will not be condemned along with the world. God does not have unruly children. He either disciplines us and we straighten-up or we are simply not His children.

1Cor 11,27-32

(191i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> Set apart from sin

 

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28-34 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. 33 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.

 

1Cor 11,28-32

(104a) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by circumstances >> Purified through judgment

1Cor 11-28

(69l) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Judging yourself correctly -- This verse goes with verse 31

1Cor 11,31-34

(4m) Responsibility >> Advocate Godís cause >> Disciples are chastened by the Lord

(45g) Judgment >> Believerís sin >> God will judge us with the world if we live like them Ė A person who doesnít have a sense of conviction in his heart about what is good and right is highly questionable if they are a child of God. Allowing Him to judge us is like the earth that has a way of judging its inhabitants. When man acts foolishly until he is no longer able to correct it himself, nature will come alongside and make the corrections for him, but when it does, many people will perish in the process. Therefore, when God judges us, it is always more severe than when we judge ourselves, because we have allowed the problems to become critical. Unbelievers too often never repent, and they never see the error of their ways and consequently plod headlong into ruin and destruction. Even the so-called Christian who does not judge himself nor allow the Holy Spirit to judge him will in time completely lose touch with God, and if He continues this way, his faith will wear to a nub and eventually disappear altogether. At that point he will have lost his salvation and will not be able to get it back; God will in fact condemn him along with the world and assign him a place in hell with the unbelievers.

1Cor 11-31,32

(8p) Responsibility >> Prevent Godís judgment on your life Ė After God convicts us, if we donít repent, God will judge us, sometimes intervening by various circumstances, and sometimes those circumstances can be adverse, until we come to our senses like the prodigal son and realize the error of our ways and finally repent. The Christian is supposed to be reachable and willing to listen and follow the Holy Spirit, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Sometimes the Christian will ignore the Holy Spirit's heavy conviction, and if he resists long enough, eventually he will grow numb to His voice, and then he is in real trouble. It benefits every aspect of our lives to obey the Holy Spirit. Every time we respond appropriately to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we are veering away from ill fate. God is patient and will work with us sometimes for years until we finally surrender to His will. This has happened to many a Christian; they finally realize that it is useless to fight against God, because in their hearts they love Him; His Spirit continually cries from their inner most being, ďAbba Father!Ē Obedience eventually becomes the easier option instead of striving against God. 

(51g) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> No partiality between saved and unsaved Ė If we judge ourselves rightly, we should not be condemned along with the world. We are to judge ourselves daily, judging our walk with God, our motives, judging our discipline and commitment with the Lord, judging our faith and truth that we believe against the Scriptures, instead of merely assuming we are serving the Lord because supposedly weíre Christians. People tend to make a lot of assumptions about themselves when it comes to their own darkness, but they are quick to judge others. We are willing to forgive sins in ourselves that we are not willing to forgiven in others, and this in itself is a sin, and a great evil. It is proof that we are not doing everything in our power to repent and be a blessing to God and those around us, and to be an example of Christianity, which is what the Church desperately needs in these evil times. Many people have protected themselves by dreaming up doctrines of eternal security, claiming that losing oneís salvation is impossible, but Scripture simply doesnít teach this. For example, if we are condemned along with the world, how do we expect to see heaven? We should be more critical of ourselves than we are of anyone else. When someone sins against us, we are to go to them with a spirit of gentleness, or if they are negatively affecting the Church, we are to put a stop to it, but when we go to them and command them to repent, we must first command ourselves to repent, so we are not walking in any sins that they can name over us as an excuse to continue in their sin. God is gracious, but in this lackadaisical age people are ready to abuse the grace of God, willfully sinning and expecting God to forgive them without any intensions of repentance. This is licentiousness, and it is a very common problem in the Church today. They make sure to look good among their fellow Christians when they go to church, but their lifestyle otherwise is dismal. We are to be honest without showing any partiality to ourselves, because God intends to judge us without partiality.

1Cor 11-31

(45b) Judgment >> God judges us for not judging ourselves >> Believer's Judgment >> Judged According to our deeds Ė Many people donít believe judgment exists for Christians because we are under the blood of Christ, but why then did Paul write about the believerís judgment in 2Cor 5-10? While it is true that Christians are under the blood and will not be eternally judged in hell, yet we will be judged prior to entering the Kingdom of Heaven with the loss of rewards. Some balk at this, preferring to live this life for all the gusto over living for the rewards of heaven, but this will not be their sentiments when they meet Jesus, for their loss of reward means they are empty-handed without an offering they could have presented to the Lord on that day. To be empty-handed standing before the King of kings will prove to be their most embarrassing moment. Moreover, God will append our rewards to our resurrected bodies, which will determine the radiance of our future glory in heaven. We donít want to look like a dud for the rest of eternity, for everyone will know we refused to serve the Lord in our former life. Furthermore, when choosing people to perform important tasks, we will be last picked for the job, and the consequences will continue to ripple throughout all eternity, but at least we made it to heaven.

(60b) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> See ourselves through the reflection of Godís word / Purge the sin from our lives

(69l) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Judging yourself correctly -- This verse goes with verse 28. The book of Proverbs is a favorite of many Christians; it says something truly profound in the first couple chapters, giving credence to the idea that the earth has power in itself to pass judgment on those who sin against God. There is a natural process that exists in creation that seems to know when we have sinned and will search us out and require justice from us. It happens automatically, but it is not a perfect system, because this creation is under a curse. There are people who have committed heinous crimes and have gotten away with them. This is why God stands at the end of the road once we breathe our last, waiting for us with a tally sheet of all the things we have said and done. He will look in our hearts to see if His Son is there, and if He isnít, He will charge us with everything that is on the list, but if the Holy Spirit does live in our hearts, He will remove all the sins we have committed prior to being born-again and will count only the sins we have committed after we were saved, and He will subtract our rewards we would have received had we served Him with a whole heart. We will at that time deeply regret our complacency, wishing we had a full reward, even though now we say we donít care about them. It will be a sad day for Christians who have nothing to offer the Lord after He has done so much for us.

(120a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of God is broken >> Curse of Godís Judgment is broken Ė As born-again Christians the curse of Godís judgment is broken from our lives in terms of eternal damnation in hell, but Paul is saying that since we are born-again, we should judge ourselves rightly so God does not need to judge us in this life or in the life to come. This is the second tier of Godís judgment broken from our lives; nevertheless, if we do evil, there will be repercussions. If God allows us to live any way we want as Christians without any repercussions, then how is He holy, righteous and just? That would be like the blood of Jesus enabling us to sin. He suffered to take away our sins and to enable us to repent of our evil desires and to give us power of overcome temptation through the Holy Spirit, which is the grace of the new covenant. Working with Him we can please God not only in our faith but also in our conduct. If we sin, our thought should be that God is more likely to judge us than if we had not sinned, so if we judge ourselves rightly as sinners saved by the grace of God and as people who are in need of repentance, and seek to rise above the elementary principles of the world, He will strengthen us so we don't commit the sins that would provoke Him to judge us.

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1Cor 11-32

(48b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment

(168d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not conform to the world and meet Godís judgment

1Cor 11-33,34

(21f) Sin >> Disobedience opposes unity in the Church -- These verses go with verses 16-22

1Cor 11-33

(126l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Patience >> Be patient with your brother

(235f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Giving (your inner self) >> Giving preference to one another

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