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1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTERS 15 & 16

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1-4 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 

 

1Cor 15,1-4

(86b) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing is the result of the resurrection

(106d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks from the Scriptures – It is nice to have a passage in the Bible that for the record succinctly spells out exactly what we believe. It is of first importance that we understand Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. Without the Scriptures we wouldn’t know that Jesus was buried and was raised on the third day. The written word is our source of knowledge, which is how we know that after He was raised He appeared to more that 500 people at one time, and he also appeared to James, and to all the apostles. Last of all, as one untimely born, He appeared also the Paul, who is now exonerating the Scriptures, showing its importance to our faith. We receive this knowledge from someone who believed before us, who in turn received it from someone before them and so on. It is not dependent on our memories to pass it aurally as was the case for so many thousands of years before and after the Scriptures. The written word of God was dedicated only to the most important pieces of knowledge. It needed a system of writing and storage to protect its accuracy and the material once penned. Throughout the Old Testament it was the ministry of the Levitical priesthood, which was one of the tribes of Israel, who cared for the nation’s religion. The written word is much like the hardware of a computer, that without it you do not have a computer. The software is the Holy Spirit, who makes our faith work, and gives us a miraculous relationship with the Father though Christ, whose ministry is founded squarely upon the written word of God. Paul here is showing its importance, giving us a bulleted list of all the purposes the Scriptures serve. It is the gospel that Paul preached to save the Corinthian Church in the first place. It is the foundation upon which we all stand in our salvation, believing in the blood sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins.

1Cor 15-1,2

(86i) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Live the truth – If we believe in a way of salvation other than faith in Jesus’ blood sacrifice, we have believed in vain. We run the risk of losing our salvation if we turn from Him, meaning that God will not remember the faith we once showed Him if we recant, unless we repent of our unbelief. This is the true faith; there is no other way to God. We should clothe ourselves with faith in Jesus and walk in the result of His blood sacrifice, which is the indwelling Holy Spirit, letting Him lead the way. This is the true salvation and eternal life.

(107d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word creates faith >> Believing the word creates faith

(137d) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation of God’s favor in our lives

(207c) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> God will accept you into His heaven if you overcome >> Overcome temptation to give up the faith

1Cor 15-1

(149fa) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the word to the world >> The gospel of the kingdom >> Preach the gospel of salvation -- This verse goes with verses 11&12

1Cor 15-2

(170k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain effort >> Effort frustrated by failure

(232i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Take hold of the hope of His purpose

1Cor 15,3-8

(248j) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> Top Priority

1Cor 15-3,4

(141g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ resurrection

1Cor 15-4

(39a) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of Jesus Christ – That phrase, “According to the Scriptures,” is important because it refers to Bible prophecy, and prophecy is important to the Bible because it authenticates the Scriptures as another witness. We have the hundreds of witnesses who saw Him alive; we have witnesses of the apostles, who walked with Jesus for the entirety of His ministry, who were ultimately martyred for their faith, and then we have the Old Testament bearing witness of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in various passages, none more eloquent than Isaiah chapter 53. it begins by saying, “Lord, who has believed our report?” What makes the Old Testament so important, it is an objective and miraculous witness in that the Jews believed it was the word of God, being one of the few contributions of the Pharisees and religious leaders of Jesus’ day. We have them testifying with great conviction about their strong belief in the ancient manuscripts. They were tremendous advocates of Moses and his laws, suggesting that the Jews throughout their long history believed in the prophets, so it was never a question of faith in their Bible; it was always a question of obedience; they believed that the Scriptures were true, but they just couldn’t follow them. The real power of Bible prophecy is in the fact that God doesn’t predict the future; rather, He has the power to literally visit the future and see what will happen. He knows the future as well as He knows the past, and this is how sure we can be about Bible prophecy. We can actually be more confident in Bible prophecy than our knowledge of the past. When God said hundreds of years before it happened that Israel’s Messiah would die a martyrs death and then rise from the dead, how much more can we be sure of it after the fact?

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5-9 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 

 

1Cor 15,5-8

(23n) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of the unknown >> Fear the appearance of Jesus – When Paul boasted that Jesus appeared to him also, he said it as to sound that Jesus appeared to him in the same manner that He appeared to the rest, but He didn’t; Jesus appeared to Paul in His glory. We could say that Paul was the only person to have seen Jesus in His glorified state and heard his voice. In the book of Revelation it says that John also saw the voice that was speaking with him (Rev 1-12), but John saw a vision, whereas Jesus literally appeared to Paul. There were companions with Paul when Jesus appeared to him, and it says that one saw a light and the other heard a voice, but only Paul both saw and heard Jesus.

(152c) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Apostles >> Investment of their lives proves apostleship – Jesus appeared to His twelve disciples first; then He appeared to five hundred people at one time, and He appeared finally to certain persons that Paul named as, “James, then to all the apostles.” We know the disciples became the twelve apostles, but they weren’t the only apostles. Although James was a very popular name back then as it is still today, we know there was James among the twelve, but since Paul had already mentioned them, this James was someone else. There were others, though we don't know their names, yet we can assume many of them came from the seventy, who were a group not well known. During Jesus ministry He had a close-knit group of twelve; then He also had seventy others who were next closest to Him. Other apostles may have come from this seventy, and we can assume that James was one of them.

(144b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of the cross – Paul was a unique apostle; He wasn’t like the others because of the manner in which Jesus appeared to him, but also because the person of Paul was zealous beyond his countrymen before he met Jesus. Paul was totally absorbed in His work; he was obsessed with whatever he was doing, obsessed with capturing Christians and imprisoning them with the expectation of prosecution, torture and death, but after his conversion, he became obsessed with the gospel, more than any other apostle, and part of that was the result of his personality. Jesus appeared to Paul in his glorified state and spoke to him, and it changed his life forever, and he became like no other person on earth. The apostle Paul was the most consumed man with the gospel who ever lived. He cared nothing for his life, but because He was so useful, God protected him for years, though he suffered the most horrendous conflicts imaginable. They laid hands on him and he was beaten with rods, flogged, stoned and imprisoned for years in some of the most inhumane prisons, yet Paul didn’t care about any of it. The only thing that mattered to him was preaching the gospel and telling as many souls about Jesus as possible. Paul knew that after his departure “savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Act 20-29,30); he knew that apostasy would follow in his footsteps, replacing his influence in the Church, and so Paul was determined to give the gospel a good sendoff before his time was done.

(245d) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Jesus literally gives sight to the blind

1Cor 15,8-10

(56i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Last is first and the first is last

1Cor 15-8

(63h) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Ignoring the truth to convey the truth

(214b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time does not make sense to the natural mind

1Cor 15-9

(193e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance >> Testimony of Paul’s life – Paul was not being bashful when he said he was unfit to be called an apostle, since he persecuted the Church of God and had many saints martyred. Others were left in prison for years or possibly their whole lives, because they broke the laws of the old covenant, believing things their countrymen didn’t understand, so they put them in prison for their faith in God. Israel was a spiritual nation, the only nation that existed through faith, specifically through the faith of Abraham, whose laws were built around their religion. Anyone who broke the laws of Israel was not just a criminal, depending on the infraction he was a blasphemer, and anyone who habitually broke the law was not considered a career criminal, but a reprobate. This is how Paul saw the saints, and then later he become one, a saint to God but a reprobate to Israel, which claimed to be serving God. This disparity is still hanging over the nation of Israel.

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10&11 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

 

1Cor 15-10

(31j) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Being responsible with it -- This verse goes with verse 58. The Church doesn’t have a problem believing in the grace of God, but we do have a problem believing we have anything to do with it. The way grace is taught today, it is a sovereign work of God, apart from our works, and in its proper context this is absolutely true. For example, the cross of Christ was given while we were yet sinners (Rom 5-8), yet Jesus too was a man with flesh just like ours, who endured the cross for the sake of His Father, and so even at the cross we see God and man working together. Once we are forgiven, God makes us holy to the Lord, and so our righteousness is holy to the Lord. However, this idea is like sand in the eyes of evangelical grace teachers who believe and teach that grace is strictly hands-off; otherwise it is not grace. Quite to the contrary, God does not work alone in our lives, but works with us, yet many have been sitting on their hands waiting for God to instill His grace in them, while God has been waiting for us to work with Him.

(53j) Paradox >> Opposites >> Contradicting your own standards >> Believing in something you don’t understand – The paradox of those who would see Working The Grace Of God as heresy is that they believe we must recite the sinner’s prayer in order to be saved. Isn’t reciting the sinner’s prayer an example of man’s input in receiving the grace of God? We give Him our life that is destined to perish, and He gives us His life that is destined for eternity! Much of Christianity today teaches that man simply receives His grace, but the gospel according to Scripture teaches we must give our lives to Him and follow Him wherever He may lead us. He will give us certain gifts by his grace and we will walk in them and live by them. This was exactly Paul’s life after he got saved on the road to Damascus. This is true Christianity; this is what all Christians should be doing: we need to avail ourselves to Him so He can use us for whatever purpose He has for us. The scariest thing about God is that He will let us believe whatever we want and let us do whatever we want. God is not worried about getting His way in the world; He will get His way with or without us. He is willing to use us if we answer His call to repentance, but we often don’t heed Him, because we are too busy waiting for God’s grace to do it for us. We just don’t seem to understand that grace is a composite of both God and man working together. So what do people do while they erroneously wait for God? They commit more sin so they need God all the more to heal them; meanwhile God is still waiting for their cooperation to establish them on the road to righteousness that He had prepared for them from all eternity (Eph 2,8-10). Without our input we will not receive one iota of His grace.

(91a) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Walk in the anointing to fulfill God’s purpose

(100f) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in working the grace of God The subject of Working The Grace Of God is found on page 114 of this concordance, but we are only on page 100 of the concordance, meaning there are 14 more pages leading up to the subject of “Working the Grace of God.” Since Thy Kingdom Come, the longest chapter in the concordance, is a list of prerequisites, it suggests there are many underlying factors to working with God's grace. Paul credited his accomplishments to the grace of God, saying, “His grace toward me was not in vain….” If we had to finish this verse, what would we say? How did Paul finish this verse? “I labored even more than all of them.” That doesn’t sound like anything the Church would say regarding God’s grace today, suggesting that we have wandered from the Scriptures, suggesting also that it is not possible to work with God without diligence. Paul said about the grace of God that he labored, and then turned back and said, “yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” He was saying that his work and God’s work were indistinguishable. Who then was doing the work; was it Paul or was it God?’ The answer to this question is critical. It was a hybrid between the two. It looked like Paul doing it, but he was accomplishing things he could have never done in his flesh, so it was God working through him.

(114a) Working The Grace Of God (Key verse) The operator of heavy machinery climbs into the backhoe and digs a hole in the ground, and the man running the machine pulls a few levers and steps on a couple peddles. By the end of the day he’s tired, depicting the weakness of his flesh, yet the hole he dug was enormous compared to using a shovel. Prayer is like the levers on the backhoe. We spend a few hours in prayer and the things we accomplish are greater than the things we do throughout the rest of our day. The subject of Working the Grace of God encapsulates the power of God in human flesh. It is a biblical subject that is virtually unknown to the Christian Church, though it is etched into the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. Obviously the Church knew about it in the days of Paul, since he spoke about it here and elsewhere, and Jesus’ teachings revolved around this ethereal subject, so the question is why we don't know about it? The Church fathers after the apostles fell asleep never mentioned it in their writings, being totally absent in church history, making this subject one of the very first doctrines to be truncated from Christian theology. There is a reason the devil slated this doctrine for immediate expulsion; it was his greatest obstacle in his quest to enslave the Church. Working the Grace of God is not something the devil could allow people to believe, though had the Church stood its ground he wouldn't have had a choice. There are a plethora of references in the Bible that speak about “Working the Grace of God”, and we are going to explore just a few of them.

(115k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through diligence -- This verse goes with verses 57&58. This is the concept of working the grace of God: the Holy Spirit and man operating together to fulfill the vision God has for each person with the goal of edifying the Church. This is the idea of fitting into the body of Christ, playing our designated roles through obedience of faith. Acquiring the hearing ear to know the will of God and doing it constitutes our calling. Paul worked day and night for the sake of the gospel; he devoted his entire life to it. He spent breathless hours, often suffering from exposure to the elements, hunger, and persecution from every side, yet Paul accomplished more in his lifetime than anyone before or after him, how? He knew the secret of working with the grace of God. It didn’t seem that he was working at all; he simply woke up in the morning and lived for Jesus, and what came of it was a never-ending effort to please the one who had forgiven him of all his sin, and called him to His grace and kingdom. If you find yourself working too hard for the Lord, then you need to embrace the grace of God as Paul did, and allow Him to turn his work into the joy of your life, that you too might find it impossible to differentiate between your efforts and the grace of God working in you.

(117h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose >> Understand God’s purpose for your life -- This verse goes with verse 58

(228f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God is working in you to place you in His will >> To place you on the trail of good works -- This verse goes with verse 58

(231c) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> God’s grace is the mystery of godliness >> God working in you is a mystery

1Cor 15-11,12

(149fa) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the word to the world >> The gospel of the kingdom >> Preach the gospel of salvation -- These verses go with verse 1. Paul was talking about not going in places where other people have preached the gospel, partly because that was their jurisdiction, and partly because all the apostles of the early church had the goal of reaching the known world at the time, and they couldn’t do that going over the same turf. We are not talking about turf wars; the Church was in agreement; they were not rivals of each other, though the places where Paul went he would revisit to encourage the brethren, considering himself their father, because they first heard the gospel through him. Had he gone to somebody else’s turf and visited the brethren there, he would not consider himself their father, so there were jurisdictions in a sense, but not on a rival basis but on the basis of efficiency and spiritual affection for those whom they personally won to the Lord. Jesus said to make disciples of all nations, not just converts, and so those they won to the Lord they felt obligated to disciple, and if somebody else discipled them, they would think it strange and unusual. In 1Cor 1-12,13 Paul said, “Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, ‘I am of Paul,’ and ‘I of Apollos,’ and ‘I of Cephas,’ and ‘I of Christ.’ Has Christ been divided?” To say, “I am of Paul” was to say that Paul was their father. They could not say one was of Paul and one was of Cephas, because they were all one in Christ; nevertheless, the jurisdictions stood among the apostles, and they respected them.

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12-16 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;

 

1Cor 15,12-58

(38c) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death (Satan) >> Resurrection overcomes death – According to 1Cor 15-23, the blessed first resurrection is scheduled to occur at His second coming. Jesus was the first to be resurrected from the dead, meaning that no one else before Christ has ever been raised in the fashion that Christ was raised, in that He is never to die again. It says in 1st Thessalonians chapter four that the dead shall be raised. At that point, both Old and New Testament Christians who have been faithful to God will be raised from the dead. This is called the first resurrection. This will take place shortly after the middle of the great tribulation, after the trumpets but before the bowls of God’s fiery judgment. A lot of people ask, ‘what happens when people die, where do they go?’ 2Cor 5-8 says that to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord. So, when we die, our spirit goes directly to heaven, but our body remains on the earth. Therefore, we will not immediately have a body, but will temporarily exist as spirits, until the time designated by the Father when we all will receive a body at the first resurrection. We will not have the same body as our life in the flesh, but a spiritual body, independent of our previous one, so it won’t matter if our old body was cremated. We will receive a new body that is indestructible, designed to last forever and never get old. We will receive new bodies that will be composed of some kind of spiritual material. It will be just as physical as it is spiritual. It will be of the type that Jesus had after His resurrection, who was able to transform His outward appearance so His disciples couldn’t recognize Him, yet they knew it was Him. He was able to walk through walls with His new spiritual body, though He was indeed flesh and bone (He made no mention of blood).

(191b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism symbolizes death, burial and resurrection >> Baptism is a sign of obedience – Paul begins his long dissertation on the resurrection from the dead. His speech doubles as a dissertation on baptism. The two subjects are inseparable, since baptism is designed to represent the resurrection, epitomizing the depth of its symbolism. The imagery of baptism is meant to symbolize two things that are nearly identical yet worlds apart. As everyone knows, it is meant to illustrate the death, burial and resurrection of the Christian, but what is less intuitive is that baptism represents the Christian life. The water represents the Holy Spirit. The Christian’s old life dies through the agency of the Holy Spirit, who is then raised by that same power to a new life in Christ, which is achieved through the process of walking by the Spirit. 

(245h) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> The resurrection is a manifestation of His life Just as the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the literal manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in His life, so it will be to us one day when our bodies are raised from the dead. Paul reminds those who deny the existence of the resurrection that Jesus has been raised from the dead, saying, ‘how then do some claim that there is no resurrection?’ What idiot would claim there is no resurrection? There were all kinds of strange beliefs even in Paul’s time, who didn’t believe in the resurrection, called Sadducees, who also didn’t believe in the existence of angels or spirits (Act 23-8). The Sadducees didn’t leave much room to believe in anything, which was probably their aim, so they could keep their secular viewpoints. The contemporary church believes in both the resurrection and the Holy Spirit, only most Christians don’t exactly know what to do with the Holy Spirit, as though He were a spare part after putting a car back together. In this case He would be the engine. I praise Evangelicals for emphasizing the grace of God in their theology, which is no doubt the most important aspect of the gospel, but like the Sadducees they too fail to understand many teachings of the Holy Spirit. They believe only two doctrines about Him: He comes to live in our hearts by faith the moment we are born again, and we are called to walk by the spirit. Evangelicals don’t deny the existence of the Holy Spirit; we just deny God His right to lead us by that Spirit. Instead, we take the safe road, too afraid of being swept into false doctrine, but we throw out the baby with the bathwater when we choose not to live by what we believe. In today’s Christian world we don’t have a hard time with the resurrection, but after 2000 years we still don’t know what to do with the Holy Spirit. Is walking by the Spirit really as important as the resurrection from the dead? It would be too hard to explain the answer “yes,” so I will say “no.” However, fudging the doctrine of walking by the Spirit completely debilitates His active role in our lives, which falls right in the hands of the devil and explains how Satan has been so successful in controlling the Church throughout these last two millennia. 

1Cor 15,12-20

(7f) Responsibility >> Protecting the gospel >> Defending the truth – The teaching circulating in Paul’s day that Christ was raised but that we will not be raised, he countered saying that if we will not be raised from the dead, then neither was Christ raised. Either there is a resurrection or there isn’t, and where there is a resurrection, both Christ and His people are raised. We could find a dozen people believing in a dozen religions telling us there is no resurrection; for some reason there is incentive to believe this. Anyone not wanting to be raised from the dead is dumbfounding, unless they don’t expect to be included in the First Resurrection; then there is incentive to disbelieve in a resurrection, for the second resurrection pertains to the wicked, who will be raised only to be thrown into the lake of fire. They don’t want to believe in a resurrection, because they don’t want a body to experience hell.

(94l) Thy kingdom come >> God’s perspective >> God reflects on His plan

(177d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Doctrines of the precepts of men – In the first century certain people told the Corinthians that Christ had no intension of raising His people from the dead. Paul answered saying that if the gospel teaches there is no resurrection, then it is no gospel at all. He taught that an existence where God intended to make us live an eternity without a body would not be worth suffering in this life for the cause of the Christ. To believe in God without a resurrection is in vain, for what is there to believe after excluding the resurrection? If we hope for an existence apart from a body that can participate in God’s creation, this is an utter waste of faith. This is not just Paul’s opinion, that is also God’s opinion, who considers the material realm the essence of reality. This is why He demands we manifest our faith, and it is why He teaches that faith without works is dead, for if it doesn’t manifest, then it isn’t real. Sometimes we wish we could believe without obeying Christ when times get tough and we get discouraged; sometimes we would like to be satisfied keeping our faith in the spiritual realm, but God pushes us forward and makes us demonstrate our faith even in hard times. If He promises us a physical kingdom in eternity, then He wants us to demonstrate that kingdom in the natural realm.

1Cor 15,12-19

(171c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain experience >> Things you do in the absence of God – Apart from the hope of the resurrection, we are still in our sins, for there is no forgiveness apart from the resurrection, in that God has forgiven us through the raised body of Jesus Christ. His blood sacrifice was the basis of God’s forgiveness, but His resurrection was the demonstration of that forgiveness, meaning our forgiveness is as real as the material world all around us. However, the resurrection also manifests God’s unforgiveness, in that it is also the basis of His judgment on those who partake of the second resurrection of the wicked, which is the second death, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever” (Rev 19-3).

(178d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the facts about the circumstances >> Philosophy

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17-23 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming,

 

1Cor 15-17

(186f) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> The fool >> The heart of a fool

1Cor 15-19

(64j) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Weaknesses of God >> Foolishness of God

(75b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives of the heart >> Motives for doing the will of God -- This verse goes with verses 30-32

(121h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expecting good things based on God’s character >> Expecting good things because He is God

(226e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Our life is reserved for us in heaven In heaven everyone will be raised from the dead and have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them and walking by that Spirit. The symbolism of baptism will be completely fulfilled in our lives, and how did Jesus teach us to pray? “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So if we are walking by the spirit in heaven, then we should be walking by the Spirit here on earth. There needs to be a resurrection from the dead and an endowing of the Holy Spirit for our faith to be meaningful both in this life and in the one to come.

1Cor 15,20-28

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken – The goal of the Garden of Eden was to test a people and perfect them for the sake of the lessons themselves that God will instill in us that will endure throughout eternity. They will define us, so in the days to come, after God does away with sin, He will combine this victory over sin with our knowledge of sin to make a perfect people who are totally free. God needed us to literally experience evil to assuage our curiosity of it. He could tell us about evil, but without experiencing it we would never know what He meant. God is a God of experience; He had to experience evil for Himself on the cross; He needed to experience it in order to be complete. He did not want to exist without knowing something that His creation knew, and He found a way to experience sin while keeping His perfection intact by sending Jesus to the cross, who though He never personally sinned, experienced everyone else’s sin, thus establishing the perfect blend of experience without sin, and at the same time paid for our sins, so that He could establish His creation in His own perfection. “He who overcomes will inherit these things” (Rev 21-7).

1Cor 15,20-23

(248f) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Jesus is first >> Jesus is first born of the Father – Paul compares the ministry of the first Adam with that of the second Adam (Christ) and points out the contrast in their relationships to God. Adam was disobedient, whereas Christ was faithful, but in order for there to be a comparison, they need something in common with each other. That is, Adam was created to be the Father of all mankind, but now that place has been given to Christ, who is God in human flesh, which has brought us closer to His divinity. We may not be literally sons and daughters of the living God, but are adopted as such through Christ. God has given us a better place with Him as a direct result of Adam’s sin, so God has once more taken a curse and turned it into a blessing for us.

1Cor 15-22,23

(237i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The ascension >> Believers’ spiritual ascension

1Cor 15-22

(151g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> Adam -- This verse goes with verses 42-49. One thing was true with what Satan said to Adam and Eve, ‘If you eat the forbidden fruit, you will be as gods, knowing good from evil.’ There is a lot of truth to that statement, but at the same time he ignored what God said would happen to them. Everything Satan said to them actually came true; now man does know good from evil, whereas before they ate, they didn’t even know the meaning of evil. They also became as gods in that they were severed from the true God and as a result gained sovereign authority over their own lives; they could choose their own destiny, whereas before the fall, they were connected to God doing His will; they didn’t even know what it meant to have a will of their own. When God put the tree in the garden, choosing to eat from it was the only way they knew to exercise their sovereign will to do something apart from God, thus they had an alternate will, and when they took the fruit, they committed themselves to doing their own thing. For us, then, relinquishing our will to God seems as though we are giving up our God-like status, thus erasing the benefit of the initial rebellion, but what we need to realize is that when we give our lives to God and take on his cause and purpose, He will restore us to the point before the fall and give us more authority than we could ever have on our own.

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24-28 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

 

1Cor 15,24-28

(13b) Servant >> Jesus serves His Father >> Jesus is under His authority – It is not a coincidence that everything is under the authority of Christ and that Christ is under the authority of the Father. Before Christ visited mankind He owned all things through a joint ownership with the Father. However, in the process of taking on human flesh He stripped Himself of all things and submitted His will to the Father and accepted the cross as His destiny. When God raised Him from the dead, He received everything He willingly surrendered. Christ owns everything as He did before the cross, only now he owns them in a different way, through inheritance, just as we will one day own all things with Him through the Father's great generosity. Therefore, when we submit to God, we inherit all things, including His authority to accomplish whatever He wants us to do. 

(66a) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> He is Lord over all creation >> over life and death – Jesus intends to abolish “all rule and all authority and power” on earth. Abolish means to nullify, to become nothing, to make obsolete so that death no longer exists. He abolished death in His own flesh at His resurrection and spiritually abolished death in us when He delegated the Holy Spirit to His people, so that the life of God dwells in us, and when we die, our bodies will be buried but our spirits will ascend to heaven, and one day at the first resurrection we will receive new bodies. This is what He means by overcoming death; it is a process. There is the contrast of Jesus dying on the cross, having all the sins of the world heaped upon Him and His Father turning from Him, to now receiving all power and authority from His Father, “So that God may be all in all.” This means that Jesus is in the Father. Jn 10-38 says, “If I do [the works of My Father], though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” Jesus is in the sphere of His Father’s authority. To be in subjection to Him is not to lose authority but to actually gain it, for the Father has delegated all His authority to His Son, who in turn has delegated all His authority to the people of His kingdom, who collectively have the authority of God.  

(72m) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> Authority makes you accountable >> Children are accountable to their parents

(253i) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Father and Son glorify each other >> Son glorifies the Father in all things given to Him

(253j) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is under the authority of the Father – This period to which Paul is referring comes after the last rebellion after the millennium, and after those who are in Christ are in heaven and those who are not are removed. Once Jesus puts away sin, it will never return. God the Father will put the last enemy of death, which is the essence of sin, in subjection under Christ’s feet, referring to Satan and hell. Once the Father has placed all things in subjection to Him, Christ will then give all things to the Father, including all of mankind and the universe itself, consisting of the new creation. The last thing Jesus will submit to the Father will be Himself, so that God may be all in all. This demonstrates the trinity where there is only one God and one final authority, and it demonstrates the humility and trust between Father and Son.

(255i) Trinity >> Father, Son and Holy Spirit >> Three in one >> God is one – Christ will gladly submit to His Father’s authority, not forced to submit, “that God will be all in all.” This is what it means to be the triune God. Prior to sin, no one would have suspected there was more than one God, nor seen the godhead as separate entities. Now that Christ has defeated His enemies, peace will return to His kingdom, and God will be seen as one again. Three instances of one God is the picture of unity in absolute agreement through submission and authority, indistinguishable and identical, and in character they are one person.

1Cor 15-25

(48n) Judgment >> Jesus’ enemies are destroyed >> Enemies of His glory – God intends to use the Church to put all His enemies under His feet in the last days. The Church will begin to rule the world on a spiritual level as the glory of God within them increases, taking power away from mankind, even from those who are trying to destroy them. The Church will begin to reign by the power of God, until the moment comes for His second coming, when He literally puts His enemies under His feet. However, before He subjects their unbelief literally, He will subject them spiritually to His church.

1Cor 15-26

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death -- This verse goes with verses 55-57. God intends to abolish death by increments. Starting in the Garden of Eden where death was first introduced, when God said to Adam and Eve about eating the forbidden fruit, “You will surely die,” He meant separation; all death represents separation. In this case Adam and Eve were separated from God. They died later and were separated from their bodies to fulfill the word that God spoke to them, so there was a spiritual death and a natural death. Thousands of years later, Jesus died on a cross, he went to hell and three days later rose from the dead, eradicating death in his own body for anyone who would believe in Him for eternal life. Through His victory over death He can now impart to us the life of His Spirit, which is the opposite of death. Along the way, He took from Satan the keys of death and hell, thus overcoming death on a more spiritual level. Then on a specified day God will implement the first resurrection, thus destroying death more literally. Every time God overcomes death, it is a greater victory than the first, and comes closer to manifesting in its final form, that of being permanently removed from God’s creation. Eventually, God will throw Satan in hell, who is the spirit and origin of death and the very mystery of lawlessness, which will be yet another victory over death more literal than the first. Finally, God will destroy this entire universe and recreate it, so that all traces of death will be forever eliminated. This way He will completely overcome death on every possible level, so that Paul can confidently say in verse 55, “O death, where is your victory: O death, where is your sting?”

(34h) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> The blessed first resurrection – The first resurrection is also the day of the Rapture. Rev 11-15 says, “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’” Jesus will have swallowed up the earth in His authority. During the first six trumpets some of the most horrendous judgments were allotted, but at the seventh trumpet, nothing appears to have happened, as though it were a dud. However, the very next verses Rev 11-16,17 says, “And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. So, something tremendous occurred, but it doesn’t say what. The balance of power shifted at the seventh trumpet, but it doesn’t say how. We know that the Two Witnesses were just raised from the dead, which is highly significant, especially when in this same chapter 1Cor 15-52 Paul says that at the last trumpet the dead will be raised, and Rev 11-15 depicts the seventh and last trumpet, and the dead were raised. After that, the Rapture will occur. All that will remain on the earth will be the wicked, whom the bowls of God’s fierce wrath will then judge, while He takes His bride home to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. His purpose for the Church will have finished at this point. There will be a very small remnant that will remain, who never took the mark of the beast, nor believed on the Lord Jesus during the time of the Rapture, who made their arduous way to Jerusalem, which is technically the most dangerous place in the world at the time, but for God’s remnant, it will be a haven. There they will await Christ’s return, and these will become the seed that God will use to repopulate the earth during the Millennium. After the bowls of God’s fierce wrath and the war of Armageddon, Christ will touch His foot on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and meet His remnant.

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29&30 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 Why are we also in danger every hour? 

 

1Cor 15,29-58

(224a) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Description of the resurrection – The theme of this chapter is the resurrection and the symbol of the resurrection is baptism. Verse 29 begins the discussion of baptism that lasts to the end of this chapter. Baptism has a duality in its purpose of symbolism that illustrates dying, in this case drowning, and then being raised from the dead, while it also signifies dying to self in order to live and walk by the spirit, the water of baptism representing the anointing. Paul emphasizes this fact of symbolism in the very next verse (v30) saying, "I die daily." He dies daily to his interests, so he can fulfill the interests of God. When Paul said, “What will those do who are baptized for the dead?” he was indicating that there were those who had relatives, who had died before Jesus entered His ministry, before He was sacrificed and raised from the dead, hence before the institution of baptism. These were people who loved the Lord, but died before Jesus came, and would have enjoyed participating in the ceremony of baptism had they been alive in Jesus’ day. So, Paul is referring to people who were being baptized in proxy for their relatives. It was merely a ceremony in memory of the faith of their grandmother, grandfather, aunts and uncles. It wasn’t a ceremony that ensured people a place in heaven, or had a functional value or spiritual transaction. Paul was using this to make his argument that if the dead are not raised, then why are people being baptized for the dead? A few verses down, Paul complains that the Corinthians are being baptized well enough and are baptizing themselves in place of others, but are not living in a way that reflects the significance of baptism, saying in verse 34, "Become sober-minded as you ought and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame." Then in verse 35 Paul formally begins his dissertation on the resurrection, bringing up the concept of baptism again in verse 36, "That which you sow does not come to life unless it [first] dies," comparing the resurrection to a seed. The term germination signifies that the seed has died and is now preparing to take on new life as a plant. The plant is not like the seed, any more than our resurrected bodies will be like our current physical bodies. 

1Cor 15,30-34

(193l) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to God in your freedom to choose righteousness – Why did Paul accept being in danger of death and constant labor and imprisonments, having been beaten times without number, etc., far more than the others (2Cor 11,23-33)? He endured all things for the sake of the elect (2Tim 2-10)! If he did it from human motives, we are of all men most to be pitied (v10). He did it because there will be a resurrection from the dead, both of the righteous and the wicked in that order; the righteous will go on to eternal life, but the wicked will be thrown into the lake of fire, and the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever (Rev 14-11). Everybody has a choice; we were born to make this choice; what do we want, eternal glory or everlasting contempt? To Paul it was just as important to save people from hell as it was to save them to heaven. This is the choice we were given simply for being born; we must pick one or the other. The person who determines in his heart that he has chosen eternal glory will find it if he seeks it with all his heart, but if we accept easy-believism that has crept into the Church over the centuries and live however we feel to the point that there is no distinction between us and the world, how can we expect God to spare us from the wrath to come (1The 1-10)? When we listen to Paul, almost everything he said spoke to our hope of eternal life, but in the back of his mind and on the back burner of Scripture simmers the constant reminder of the alternative, that those who do not receive Jesus as Lord and savior will lose their souls to the flames of hell. The determination of Paul represents the true urgency that is at stake, and our urgency should match the urgency of Paul.

1Cor 15,30-32

(75b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives of the heart >> Motives for doing the will of God -- These verses go with verse 19. Only the most depressed person on the verge of suicide would ask this question: ‘What is the point of living? When we look at all the artists and creative people, we see that most of them were melancholy, and they are the ones who most often ask this question, yet Paul is suggesting that each of us should ask this question of ourselves, especially those who don’t have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Most people go on with their lives without ever thinking about eternity. Type ‘A’ people are always upbeat and happy; they have lots of friends and consider this question answered in all their happiness that they enjoy, but Paul says, ‘It doesn’t matter how happy we are if we are going to die someday.’ All our happiness will come to an end, so what is the point of anything? Life as we know it will end, yet we ourselves will not end; we will continue living, but what kind of existence will we have? The answer to that question depends on what we do in this life! Who cares if we are happy now if we are going to die? If there is no solution to death, then all our happiness is for nothing; we will be forgotten as though we never existed. Paul says that the resurrection of the righteous answers this question and fixes everything. The resurrection of the righteous is the reason we live, and it is the reason we are willing to endure all levels of suffering and mistreatment. Paul was willing to suffer anything for the sake of those who would inherit eternal life.

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31-34 I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE. 33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 

 

1Cor 15-31

(84e) Thy kingdom come >> Words of your mouth >> Boasting >> It needs to be said and no one else is saying it >> boasting of my weaknesses

(188a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to self takes discipline – Paul’s boast was not in the process of dying to self but in the result. The result was the Corinthian Church, while the process was giving up his desires, his vision and his affections regarding this life, and throwing them straight into the dumpster. Dying to self is a daily process, though some people think they have died to self as though they had completed a project, but Paul taught that we never finish dying to self. Jesus died daily too, according to Heb 5-7, “In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.” He often felt tempted to do things other than the will of God, no different from our own experiences; He felt this most succinctly in the Garden of Gethsemane prior to His betrayal and arrest, meaning that before He went to the cross, He had already died in His heart. The world, the flesh and the devil are against us, so every day we must stop and think about what we are doing. We must read our Bible and pray daily to keep our mind in remembrance of God’s will, because we can quickly forget. When we think about all the people who do not understand salvation, it is not difficult or complicated, but for those who are spiritually dead it is incomprehensible, and for that reason they simply cannot understand God. We are either spiritually dead and allow sin to reign in our flesh, or we are spiritually alive and must place our sinful passions and desires under subjection to the will of God. Dying to self is an aspect of spiritual warfare, denoted as starving our appetite for sin. When we fast, the first thing that happens is we get hungry; our appetite subsides for a season, and then it returns with a vengeance demanding that we feed it. If we continue to deny our appetite, eventually our organs fail; our brain feels like it is on fire from a lack of nutrition and sleep; our mind goes wild with attempts to secure a single thought because the nutrition is not there to support a thinking brain. Starving is the closest analogy to dying to self, for sin acts the same way when we deny its evil desire. Our sinful nature doesn’t literally die but goes into hibernation and waits for an opportunity to tempt us again. We wrestle with this wild maniac that seeks freedom from its prison to ravage our lives. Dying to self isn’t easy or fun, but it is necessary if we want to have a relationship with God through obedience. Christ wants to control us, but if our flesh is controlling us, He can’t.

1Cor 15-33

(162h) Bad company (Key verse)

(162i) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bad company >> Bad company will entangle you in their bondage – We should not allow bad company to distract us from our prize of eternal life. Paul forewarned us not to marry unbelievers, and now he is saying that we should not even associate with them. We were once unbelievers, and then we got saved, and all our friends were still unbelieving. We don’t forsake them; we preach Jesus to them until they forsake us or else get saved and follow us into eternal life. This way we are not rejecting them but they are rejecting us, and now that all our unbelieving friends are gone, we don’t go looking for more, but we look for believing friends, so they might encourage us in or faith instead of discourage us from believing in Jesus. If we think our unbelieving friends don’t have it as their aim to dissuade us from our faith, we are naïve. If they hate us for telling them about Jesus, they have made their choice, though they can use the knowledge we give them to repent and believe later.

1Cor 15-34

(2o) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Quit sinning – The biggest difference between Christians sinning and the world sinning is that the world doesn’t know God. The sin of believers misleads people of the world who may be watching them to determine the nature of Christianity. The term "sober-minded" means that they were drunk in their soul, drunk with the worldly influence of sin. Paul is telling the Church to lose the world and embrace Christ, because people are watching us.

(78o) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Putting your heart on display >> Consequence of not renewing your mind – Unbelief does not exist in a vacuum but goes hand-in-hand with sin and disobedience. If we have friends who discourage us from believing in Jesus, and we allow doubt to find a foothold in our hearts, and still we do nothing, eventually it will turn to unbelief, and sin crouches at the heels of unbelief. We cannot control the eternal destiny of others; we cannot control what they believe or what they do; we can only control our own destiny, what we believe and what we say and do; and we control whether faith grows in our heart or dies. We cannot blame God if or faith dies, for Jesus warned us not to let the flame die in our heart, as in the parable of the Ten Virgins. Five of them didn’t take Jesus seriously and allowed the flame to die, and it happened in the last days, the very days in which we are living.

(153g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Walking in condemnation >> Walking in sin

(175m) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of God

(192j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Stop practicing sin >> Stop sinning

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35-38 But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?" 36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.

 

1Cor 15,35-55

(134e) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Composition of our bodies is from the earth >> We are physically excluded from the spiritual realm – In this life we have a body and we have a spirit, yet neither of them wants anything to do with the other. We don’t know if our spirit inhabits our brain tissue or if it dwells in us somewhere else or if our body is superimposed over our spirit, but we do know that the brain offers a sense of consciousness, so the spirit of man and his brain are working in tandem. We can’t say that it is just the brain and we can say that it is just the spirit of man that renders consciousness, but both at the same time. However, there is a disconnect between the spirit of man and his body, and the disconnect is so severe that we don’t really know we have a spirit.

1Cor 15,35-49

(39b) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Characteristics of the resurrection – The implication of the resurrection is a physical body; we will enjoy a physical heaven. Someone might say that spiritual bodies are not actually physical, yet a body implies the physical attribute, otherwise it is not really a body. If it is a body that can touch only the spiritual realm and not the physical realm, that would be useless. Consequently, the future that God has planned for His people is utterly profound, more amazing even than the most vivid imagination. 1Cor 2-9 says, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” This was a quote Paul used from the Old Testament, so we have known for thousands of years that God has great plans for us. We will have a spiritual body, one that can directly interface with the spiritual realm. The only way to comprehend this term “spiritual body” is to give these two words: spiritual and body equal weight. In other words, our bodies will be as much spiritual as they will be physical. In the resurrection our form will be just as much spiritual as it is physical, so we can literally change states at will, going from spiritual to physical and back again, or perhaps finding equilibrium between the phases. This is how Jesus walked through walls: just before He bumped into the wall He chose the spiritual attribute of his body and passed through the wall, and then became physical again once He entered the room to resume a physical body.

1Cor 15,35-46

(238f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> New creation >> The new creation is our spiritual composition – There is more than one kind of seed in the Kingdom of Heaven, which represent our future resurrected bodies, meaning our bodies will not look the same or be the same in appearance and glory, but will differ in many and diverse ways, even as we don’t look the same or act the same here on earth. For example, some people are athletes, while others spend their lives in wheelchairs. According to another analogy in verse 39, it equates our bodies to fish, birds and beasts, further suggesting that there will be differences between us. That doesn’t mean some of us will look like a fish while others look like birds; rather, he is saying that our heavenly bodies will be inherently different from the one we have now, and there will also be differences in glory between our heavenly bodies, just as there are differences in brightness between stars in the sky. We will one day have bodies in heaven of a spiritual composition that will differ in brightness; some will shine brighter than others, depending on how they used their fleshly bodies on the earth, that is, whether they lived for themselves or for others.

1Cor 15,35-44

(98g) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering à Glory of Christ) >> The resurrection – We know that a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and there is a chrysalis stage in-between, which represents the grave, and that’s great, but being consistent with the analogy, before we were saved we were just an egg. This means that Christians live the life of a caterpillar, but it is better than being an egg. Our flesh has not been redeemed, though our spirit has; our flesh is destined to rot in the grave, though born-again Christians are destined for heaven. There is a resurrection, and the question of our resurrected body being the same as the one in this life is irrelevant. Apart from the bones of our body, cells die and are replaced every eleven months in our flesh, and so just about every year we get a new body; therefore, at the resurrection which body will we have, this one or the one we had eleven months ago? A person’s body decays into the ground, the molecules that were once our composition return to inert material, leaving behind a rack of bones. They say God can do anything; He can raise the same body if He wanted, but why would He go through the trouble of locating all the atoms that once composed our bodies and use them to create a new body that is totally different? The only reason people want the same body in the resurrection is that they are attached to their flesh in this life and to its sinful nature. It is impossible for them to think of having a body different from the one they now enjoy, but this is neither logical nor biblical.

(192a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your life to gain God’s life

1Cor 15,35-38

(187g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man>> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Dying to self precedes the resurrection

(229e) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> God causes the growth >> Kingdom grows like crops in a farmer’s field

1Cor 15-35,36

(129e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Bear fruit by dying to self

1Cor 15-36

(56h) Paradox >> Opposites >> He must increase, but I must decrease -- This verse goes with verses 42-49

(232b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Count the cost >> The cost is more than you can imagine so don’t count

1Cor 15-38

(217b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can tell God what to do

 

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39-45 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, "The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 

 

1Cor 15,39-42

(136d) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Variation in the body

1Cor 15,40-49

(226j) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> Levels of reward >> Rewarded by levels of glory in our spiritual bodies – Those who are persecuted for the cause of righteousness, Jesus said in Mat 5-11,12 that their reward in heaven is great, which will be reflected in their resurrected bodies, as it says in Heb 11-35 “Others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection.” God intends to reward us in our resurrected bodies. The body we receive in the resurrection will be ours forever; we will not get another one. It is unlikely that we will be able to rack up more rewards after this life, since our level of authority will not change (Lk 19-17), which is directly proportional to our heavenly reward. The children of God shine like the stars of heaven, each star differs in glory, shimmering with an incandescence that mirrors the rewards they gained from obedience. “Star differs from star in glory,” the degree of our luminosity will determine our authority where God places us in the hierarchy of heavenly authority. There is nothing in our hand we must carry with us, no badge of honor we must pin to our robe or set on a mantel to later get shoved in a junk drawer. There will be crowns, though we will only wear them during ceremonies and festivals. Instead, our reward will be forever imprinted on our person for all to see at the resurrection of the righteous when He gives us a new spiritual body. Just by looking at us everyone will know our level of faithfulness we demonstrated in mortal flesh for Jesus’ sake. Just like looking at a star in the sky, we will know what level of reward everyone received from God for his obedience in this life. There won’t be any jealousy about those who shine brighter than others; if God attempted such a system in this present life, people would persecute others who outshined them. In heaven we will be without sin and living in a kingdom established on opposite principles of this present world. In heaven the brightest star is the servant of all, and the faintest is the object of their service. Heaven would not be heaven without servants, and the most radiant of all will serve the least. It is an honor to serve in heaven, and for this reason Jesus commanded us to serve our weaker brother here on earth (Act 20-35).

1Cor 15-41,42

(226g) Levels Of Reward (Key verse)

1Cor 15,42-49

(56h) Paradox >> Opposites >> He must increase, but I must decrease -- These verses go with verse 36

(151g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> Adam -- These verses go with verse 22. Adam was familiar with the very presence of God; He visited Adam in the cool of the day, so when he fell, he sinned knowing the very presence of God, just as Lucifer did, which was a profound sin, suggesting that Adam may not be with us in heaven. However, we have never seen God, so our sin is not as great as Adam’s sin. Plus, Adam initiated the rebellion, whereas we were innocently born into it. We live in a fallen creation based on our understanding of astronomy. There is no life of any kind anywhere in the universe that we know, except here on earth. All the planets are dead, probably being the case of every planet in the universe. The stars themselves will eventually grow old and die, and so basically it is a dying creation. It is a slow death, but it is dying just the same. The earth’s curse was repressed allowing life to continue, though requiring the Garden of Eden as an oasis from the curse. This equally describes the human body as cursed yet still has the capacity for life. The only way for man to reverse the curse was within the garden; therefore, when God said to the man in Genesis 3,17-19, “Cursed is the ground because of you,” He meant that Adam and his wife should expand the garden throughout the earth to overtake the curse. However, since they rejected God’s purpose for themselves, the land remained cursed, and God made them accountable for it. This also means God made man from dust that was cursed, and then breathed a perfect spirit into him that staved off the curse from Adam’s body. It actually stands to reason that Adam’s body was made from a cursed material, since God said to the woman that her pain in childbirth would be greatly multiplied, meaning that it would have been painful even if they had not sinned, only to a lesser degree, pain being an aspect of the curse (Rev 21-4). We know from the above verse that there will be no sorrow or pain in heaven. This suggests a couple things; first, what God offered Adam and Eve does not hold a candle to what He offers us now that Christ has shed His blood to offer us. Also, they lived in fallible bodies, yet Adam and Eve would have never died had they not sinned, because their perfect spirits counteracted the curse. The same goes for Christ. In fact, His death was a miracle, since He was without sin. Death follows sin, but there was no clause mentioned in the law of sin that allowed for death without sin; thus, Jesus broke the law of sin through His death (Rom 8-1,2; note Romans eight again; this is an important chapter to this discussion). This means His death gained the victory over the curse and not His resurrection; His resurrection was a mere reification of His endless life, like a bobber that returns to the surface after the fish quits tugging on it.

1Cor 15,40-44

(243i) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The body of Christ is indestructible >> Our spiritual bodies are indestructible – Without the resurrection there is no hope. Paul doesn’t even acknowledge the prospect of life after death without a body. This doesn’t mean people who have died in Christ throughout the ages are asleep, waiting for the resurrection in a state of unconsciousness. Rather, they are disembodied spirits in heaven, which in the New Jerusalem is a spiritual place, so one does not need a body. It is a place that is outside the dimensions of this natural realm. God intends to make us to interact with the natural universe that He will remake after He destroys this present creation, and the new creation will become part us. Rom 8,20-23 says, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” We will be the first fruits of the new creation. We will receive spiritual bodies. Those who are in heaven now have a spirit but no body. In this life we have a spirit that is subordinate to our body, and for this reason we cannot conceptualize our spirit without a body; in fact some people don’t even believe we have a spirit. In the life to come, though, God will give us a body that will be subordinate to our spirit, so we can decide the degree of our body’s opaqueness, being fully visible or invisible or any level in-between.

1Cor 15-43

(9e) Responsibility >> God strengthens us from our weaknesses

1Cor 15-45

(254i) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Holy Spirit is life >> Spirit of Jesus

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46-49 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

 

1Cor 15-46

(250a) Sequence Of Priorities (Key verse)

(250f) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Natural then the spiritual (obedience then anointing) A Christian has two natures, an earthly one and a heavenly one. The goal of every Christian should be to let his heavenly nature dominate our earthly nature. It says that Jesus is a life-giving Spirit, and what is Satan but a life-taking spirit? Jesus is God and he has an endless supply of everything, and the thing He offers is the Holy Spirit. He gives Himself to whomever will receive Him, but He says, “The spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.” This is a principle of the Kingdom of Heaven that we must follow throughout the Scriptures. We must first obey the Holy Spirit before we can receive His anointing, just like we must first live in our natural flesh before we can receive our spiritual bodies. However, at other times the spiritual must come first before it can manifest in the natural realm, such as performing a miracle. We must first have a spiritual relationship with God before He can manifest Himself. Another example is in Gal 3,16-18, Abraham believed God, who considers faith a spiritual entity, and then the law came 430 years later, designed to govern man in his natural flesh. So, in this sense the spiritual came first, then the natural.

 

1Cor 15,47-49

(43c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the character of Jesus’ image

1Cor 15-47,48

(60g) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Earthly—Tiller of the ground / Worldly – There is a difference between earthly and worldly. The world is rooted in the earth, which brings forth the curse, and the nations of the world are an expression of that curse. Farmers cultivate the earth, and Adam was a farmer. Being earthen is our constitution, but when Adam sought to be like God in ways that God did not approve, he became worldly. Before the fall, Adam’s physical composition was from the earth but not of the curse, in that he took on the attributes of the Garden of Eden when God placed him there (Genesis 2-8). The garden was located in the midst of a curse that extended throughout the universe as a result of Satan’s rebellion, so the only place that was not cursed was the garden, and He commanded Adam to till the ground and bring forth fruit and expand the garden to fill the earth and overcome the curse. However, when he sought the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he was seeking fruit that lies beyond the boundaries of the garden, as though the garden were in the shape of a donut, and in the middle of it a space for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which represented the curse existing outside the garden. For Adam to desire that fruit was to desire the knowledge of evil and to live outside the garden in the world. It was Adam’s way of showing preference for the curse and contempt for the garden and to God and to all that God had given him. After making his choice and eating the fruit, Adam was no longer of the garden but of the world, and after God expelled him from the garden, Adam took the curse into his body.

(134c) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Mediator between the natural and the spiritual realms >> Your body manifests whatever is in your heart – Some might say that Christianity and the world are not that different from each other, but the Bible teaches that there are two kingdoms on this earth: the kingdoms of this world and the Kingdom of God, and the two are in opposition to each other. Like light and darkness, we cannot have both at the same time. When we turn on the light, darkness goes away; and when we turn off the light, darkness refills the room. Likewise, a person who wants to be worldly cannot be heavenly. Although there are people who like to think they are heavenly, they are in fact worldly, as Jesus said in Mat 6-23, “If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

1Cor 15-48

(6i) Responsibility >> Spiritual >> Ministering to people by being in the Spirit

(167d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Bound to the earth – Paul said, “As is the earthly, so also are those who are earthly,” meaning that those who are like Adam also desire his wisdom and live apart from God under Adam’s curse. Likewise, “As is the heavenly, so also are those who seek God's wisdom and belong to the Spirit that dwells in them. Paul is talking about two natures: the nature of those who seek the curse and the nature of those who seek the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. As is Christ, so also are His children. There is no significant difference between Him and us in the very core of our being where the Holy Spirit dwells in us. We love God and seek His truth, our bodies are comprised of the earth, yet we strive to avoid worldliness. These separate natures are opposites and repel each other. Just as the boundaries of the garden were well defined, so the boundaries of these two natures are well defined by the difference between faith and unbelief. Just as those who love this world are earthly, so those who love the Lord Jesus Christ with an incorruptible love are heavenly (Eph 6-24).

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50-54 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.

 

1Cor 15,50-58

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken – Sin and death work with each other against the sinner, like climbing down a ladder; sin takes a step and then death takes a step. The sting of death is sin. We know that hell is a place of suffering, but it is only a place of suffering because of sin. Jesus took the sin of the whole world with Him to hell and left it there. 1Pet 3-19,20 says, “He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark.” His Father lifted Him out of that pit and brought Him back to the earth in a resurrected body, and then He ascended to heaven. Jesus suffered the sins of the world that were heaped upon Him, which was the sting of death, though He personally never committed a sin. The people in hell are suffering because of sin, indicating that the more people sinned in this life, the more they will suffer in hell. We don’t exactly know how that will manifest, though there are some theories, such as: sin itself will be heavy on the sinner, and when he is thrown into the lake of fire, his sin pulls him under the liquid-hot magma, the deeper he sinks the hotter it gets. The Bible also speaks about living in darkness forever with no mention of fire (Jd-13), so it is possible that once they are thrown into the lake of fire, many will be able to swim to shore and seek a place of refuge in pitch black darkness. This is only conjecture, yet it follows the parameters of Scripture.

(237b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> Last trumpet – This passage refers to the Rapture. It is directly mentioned in the New Testament only 3 or 4 times, and in this case it gives a key piece of information: the rapture will occur at the last trumpet. In Revelation chapters 8-11, there are seven trumpets, and so it is possible to pinpoint in exactly at what sequence the Rapture will occur (at the “last trumpet”), but we don't know when. According to the book of Revelation, there is a set of seven trumpets. If Paul said that Jesus was coming at the last trumpet, then He must have meant the seventh trumpet of Revelation, which is described in Rev 11-15, “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.’” This effectively ends man's tyrannical reign of terror, waged since the first transgression of Adam in the Garden of Eden. The Rapture is when God snatches away His faithful ones, who will not be required to experience the third and final judgment of the bowls. The first of three sets of judgments began with the first six seals constituting Satan’s rage against mankind, then graduated to the trumpet judgments of God's wrath (the Church will still be here but protected by God). The trumpets that followed were meant to correct man for conspiring against His beloved people, but the bowls are a bloodbath, and for this reason God had to remove His people from the earth, because of their severity. Part of the reason people cannot see the Rapture in Revelation 11 is that they don’t understand its purpose. The Rapture indicates the beginning of God’s eternal reign. Man’s kingdoms are about to come to a close, while Christ’s kingdom is about to begin; the First Resurrection followed by the Rapture signifies this transition. A remnant will have survived the bowls; they will repopulate the earth during the millennium. There will be one more short-lived rebellion at the end of the millennium. Then He will destroy this present creation and create a new heavens and a new earth.

1Cor 15-50

(36i) Gift of God >> Inheritance >> Our inheritance can be withheld

1Cor 15-53,54

(113e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Garments of the new creation

1Cor 15,54-58

(39h) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus never fails

(39k) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated the law of sin

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55-58 "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

 

1Cor 15,55-57

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death -- These verses go with verse 26

1Cor 15-56

(26b) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is hell – Rom 6-23 says, “The wages of sin is death,” and this verses says, “The sting of death is sin.” Death means separation, and when we sin we are further separated from God. One day the sinner will be separated from his body on the day of his death, and his soul will go to a place that is separate from God, where His presence cannot be discerned, and where none of His attributes exist, such as the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, etc., nor any of His gifts, such as a blue sky or a cold drink of water. All these things are absent from the environment of hell. It says, “the sting of death is sin,” but the natural mind would think that Paul said it wrong, as though it should read, ‘the sting of sin is death.’ That would denote a termination of suffering, that once they die life is over. However, the way Paul said it, which is God’s viewpoint, suggests that life continues after death, and to die in their sin has the sting of eternal damnation appended to it. People go to hell because of sin, hell being the very essence of death. Eventually, all God's enemies will reside in hell.  

(52c) Judgment >> Judging Church with world >> Law judges sin >> Power of sin is the law

(218f) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> We choose our actions, not their consequences >> wages of sin is death – A person can sin against God and become separated from His blessings; he can lose everything: his family, his wife, his children, his house and car; he could even become homeless. From that misery he can look for relief in drugs and alcohol, which will drag him further down the drainpipe from God's love and purpose, and deeper into the pain and suffering of this life, all because of sin. In contrast a good man with a sincere faith becomes a Christian and has fellowship with God, but it usually takes many years to convince other people that his faith is real, and so the sting of death goes away slowly in relation to man, though he can be immediately restored with God; He knows what we are thinking and when we are being sincere and when we are not.

1Cor 15,57,58

(115k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through diligence -- These verses go with verse 10

1Cor 15-57

(39d) Victory (Key verse)

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1Cor 15-58

(31j) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Being responsible with it -- This verse goes with verse 10

(90l) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Our purpose is to do God’s will – Ask born-again Christians if they know their purpose and calling in life, and most if they were honest would say they don’t. Most people in the Church act just as lost (if not more lost) as those in the world that we should be trying to save. They go to church and go through the service liturgy; they stand up and sit down when prompted; they give to the offering plate and think this is the fullness of God’s calling. This may be part of it, but God has much more for us to do in His name. Those who are trying to find His calling should be asking two questions: how will God’s purpose involve walking in love, and how will it involve our understanding of Him. We cannot have one without the other. If God reveals Himself to us, it is for the purpose of love, and if we walk in love, God will reveal His purpose to us. To perform random acts of love or to participate in a ministry that we were not led by the Spirit to do is to miss God’s true purpose, and it is to miss the blessing and eternal rewards that God has prepared for us. There are many good things we could do, but what does God want us to do? Are the good works we are doing an aspect of His purpose, or are we doing them because we don’t really know what to do?

(98d) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Be steadfast in the work of the Lord 

(99e) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring the will of God >> Endure the position of a servant

(99k) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in doing good – The context of verse 58 is the resurrection from the dead. The resurrection is the reason our toil is not in vain in the Lord, meaning we can devote our lives to God without a sense of futility because of the resurrection. Eternal life and the resurrection from the dead can be seen as one and the same, in that the resurrection helps to describe eternal life. Therefore, all the effort we exert in our ministry and all the effort in striving against sin will not be in vain. God will reward us for our service to Him, and the reward will be appended to our resurrected bodies. Some of us will have crowns; maybe we all will, but the twenty-four elders in the Book of Revelation took off theirs and threw them at the feet of Him who sits on the throne, suggesting they were separate from their bodies, but a bodily reward will remain with us forever and become part of our identity. Paul said, “star differs from star in glory” (v41); we look into the night sky and see that one star has a greater radiance than another; this will also be the case with us, being one aspect of Christ’s reward. Everyone who sees us will know the level the faithfulness we showed Him while we lived in the flesh, if we were steadfast and immovable and always abounded in the work of the Lord, or if we barely made it through the pearly gates.

(101b) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal >> For the manifestation of God’s kingdom >> Zealous for good works

(117h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose >> Understand God’s purpose for your life -- This verse goes with verse 10

(127g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Sow the seeds of goodness >> Do not grow weary of doing good

(227e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards endurance >> Keeping our rewards through endurance – What God calls us to do will be accompanied by zeal, spiritual wisdom and revelation knowledge, and the doors of heaven will open to us as we walk on His trail of good works. Everything will make perfect sense regarding the things of God; we will open the Bible and truth and wisdom will emanate from it and then through us. As we step into the purpose of our lives, the things He has called us to do will be the easiest things we will ever do, but they will also require endurance and perseverance. We will be as geniuses regarding the work of the Lord; we won’t even have to think about what we are doing; we will just know His will. If we stopped and wondered how we knew these things, we would realize we don’t know. We will become professionals in the field that God has given us and in our place in the body of Christ. This is what God wants for every person regardless of his abilities. God will make a place for everyone, but not everyone will give us place in the body of Christ when disobedience is prevalent. This is when God really shows His strength to His faithful ones by divinely opening a place for the one who has sacrificed everything to do the will of God, going over people’s heads who should be giving place to us, and He will make our ministry bear more fruit than if man offered us a ministry.

(228f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God is working in you to place you in His will >> To place you on the trail of good works -- This verse goes with verse 10

(236e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest your strength into the kingdom >> Invest your labors – What did Paul mean by “Your toil is not in vain in the Lord”? The phrase, In the Lord, means ‘In the faith.’ If we are doing something that was birthed from faith, then the Holy Spirit is leading our works. This may therefore be a good paraphrase, ‘Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding on the trail of good works that God has ordained for us.’ Before He created the universe He had a certain path for our feet in mind for us that if we obeyed Him would define “the work of the Lord.” Regarding our purpose and calling for which we were born, we would be wise to dedicate our entire lives to it, so nothing is lost or wasted. Everything God has spoken to us, every spiritual revelation of His word are the things that pertain to our calling and purpose and to the path that He has prepared for our feet, but everything else is considered dead works, and nothing will ever come of them. Much as we think we are achieving in this life regarding our strenuous efforts in whatever we are doing, if we are not doing them by a spiritual revelation from God, the benefits of our labors will terminate one day.

 

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1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 16

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1-7 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. 3 When I arrive, whomever you may approve, I will send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem; 4 and if it is fitting for me to go also, they will go with me. 5 But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia; 6 and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I may go. 7 For I do not wish to see you now just in passing; for I hope to remain with you for some time, if the Lord permits.

 

1Cor 16,1-12

(130f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to supporting one another -- These verses go with verses 15-18. Paul instructed the Corinthians to lay aside money on the first of the week so collections could be made and sent to Jerusalem, which was the hub of Christianity. The Church today doesn’t have a hub, but every Christian religion and denomination does what they see is right in their own eyes. The Jerusalem-based Jewish hub didn’t last long; it disintegrated with the Jewish persecution of Christianity, which became the fate of all Israel, whose people were scattered throughout the nations in 70AD, after their temple was demolished and their religion disavowed. The apostles went out from Jerusalem preaching the gospel of Christ, so that many nations came to know the Lord. Christianity started with its hub centered in Jerusalem at a time when the leaders of the Church were the original disciples of Jesus, who walked with the Lord for 3 ½ years, who had an abiding relationship with the Holy Spirit and a direct line to God. So it will happen at the end of the age before Jesus returns that Jerusalem will once again become the hub of Christianity, and those who steer its doctrines will have an even deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit than the original apostles and an even more secure line to God than the those of the early church. The two witnesses will raise up the 144,000 Jewish witnesses, whose ministries will originate in Jerusalem; and from there they will span out into all the nations of the world preaching the gospel, organizing the Church of the gentiles as they did in the early days throughout the earth, leaving the two witnesses in Jerusalem to defend the city. A Christian revival of the scope that no one has ever seen will bring in more people than was saved during the last 2000 years.

1Cor 16,1-3

(72e) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Men delegate authority by their words

(101i) Thy kingdom come >> Ambition >> Be an ambitious businessman for God >> Investing spiritual currency – Paul was saying to the Corinthians that they were to give once a week to accumulate an offering that they can present to him when he arrives. Paul didn’t want to “pass the hat” when he arrived to see what he might get from them on the spur of the moment. Instead, this must be a concerted and a planned effort, and it should mean something to them. Depending on how many weeks between the start of their giving and when Paul eventually arrived determined the size of their gift to him, between when they received this letter and when Paul finally came to them, could have turned into quite a lump sum. He would receive it in the presence of all, and Paul would exhort the people for their generosity in promoting the gospel of Christ through their monetary funds, which was definitely part of spreading the gospel, being necessary, but it wasn’t the most important thing. The most important aspect of the gospel has always been and will forever remain people. We are the very purpose of the gospel, and if it becomes about money, then we have lost our way.

(235d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Tithing >> Offerings >> Help your weaker brother – What did Paul do with the gifts he received from churches? He used some of it for his personal needs, but he was very conservative when it came to money. The real purpose of the money was largely for the poor. Paul would travel from place to place interfacing directly with people who had needs, and he would give to the poor and show them that the Church was meant for them. The Church was not an organization for rich people, but was dedicated to the poor, and if any rich man wanted to get saved, he was welcome to fellowship with the saints, though the Church’s aim was to reach the poor with the gospel. That is where most of the money went, but also to help finance Paul’s missionary journeys. He needed a donkey or a horse to help carry his stuff, and they would get old and feeble. He also traveled by ship; he needed money for the fare, so there were expenses. However, based on Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, this one-time gift to financing Paul’s needs was mostly a flop (2Cor 11-8).

1Cor 16-1,2

(10d) Responsibility >> Keeping order in the Church

(232f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Count the cost >> Procrastination – Paul is saying we are not to procrastinate about giving to God, but we should let it be the first thing we do, calling it the first fruits of our labor. We have all heard this in church; if they ignore certain Bible passages, they certainly don’t ignore the ones that speak about giving. So we have all heard this passage preached in church, and whoever it was preaching it was most likely right about everything he said. We are to lay aside a gift, obviously not putting it directly into the hand of God but into the hand of another person, going to the cause of Christ to promote the strength and health of the Church. We know that money is not the solution to everything, but money does play a part in some of God’s solutions, and he said to lay aside and save as we may prosper on the first day of every week. Back then the Sabbath was on Saturday and now we celebrate it on Sunday, and whenever we receive our weekly or bi-weekly check from work, usually on Friday, we reserve some of it for our offering for the next Sunday service.

1Cor 16,2-12

(251a) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Making plans >> Making plans according to the will of God >> Making plans within the boundaries of God’s will

1Cor 16-3

(142e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a good reputation >> A reputation of being trustworthy

1Cor 16-6,7

(105h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit >> Into The will of God >> Led to the right people

1Cor 16-7

(216j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> You cannot control God’s desire for you >> man is not in control of his own destiny – It wasn’t up to Paul what he did; God was telling him what to do, where to go and how long he should stay. The only decision Paul made was to let the Holy Spirit lead him. Paul willingly submitted to God’s leading and direction in his life, who led him to great triumphs in human history. He was given the honor of turning the world upside-down for Jesus’ sake, but it came at great cost to himself; the man was racked with the brand-marks of Jesus. He spent years of his life in prison; he was abused and treated shamefully, yet he lived to be an old man. The world could not kill him until God was done with him, having squeezed every drop of love and usefulness from him, until there was just about nothing left of him, and then finally took him to heaven, where he would enjoy the fruits of his faith forever and ever in unimaginable joy, the blessings that lay in wait for those who are faithful that God has prepared for them, especially for those who obey Him. Paul prayed for the will of God and he prayed for his own will, and he hoped that the two would mesh once in a while, that perhaps he could visit the Corinthians and stay a while, but he was ready to do the will of God, whatever was necessary.

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8-12 But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost; 9 for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to be afraid, for he is doing the Lord's work, as I also am. 11 So let no one despise him. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brethren. 12 But concerning Apollos our brother, I encouraged him greatly to come to you with the brethren; and it was not at all his desire to come now, but he will come when he has opportunity.

 

1Cor 16,8-10

(101l) Thy kingdom come >> Ambitious to promote the Kingdom of God >> Preaching the gospel – Paul wanted to come to Corinth, but a wide door of ministry had opened to him at Ephesus, and he couldn’t pass it up, since these were human souls at stake. His delay in coming to Corinth has led to the Church of the Ephesians and will result in his letter to them, which became some of the most beautiful words the world has ever known.

1Cor 16-9,10

(14a) Servant >> Servants of God’s word

(236i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the treasures of the kingdom >> Invest in the gospel

1Cor 16-9

(29d) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from adversity

(148j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Obligation to preach the gospel >> Preach even if it hurts

(165h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Hardship >> The hardship of persecution

1Cor 16-10,11

(14j) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers Are Indirectly In Charge Of The Word >> They have the heart of the one who trained them – Paul sends Timothy in his place until he arrives, and tells the Corinthians to receive him with open arms, knowing that he will be doing the Lord’s work. Paul trusted Timothy with the souls whom he led to Christ, who will become his reward and crown of faithfulness in heaven. He trusted Timothy because he had a good spirit. He loved the Lord and lived the Christian walk, and he had a sincere faith and a genuine spirit. For this reason Paul warned the Corinthians not to despise him. Anyone who has a close walk with God is readily despised in the world to the point of being despicable. Those who walk in their anointing and are tight with God are peculiar people to those who are carnal and fleshly, such as the Corinthians. Part of the process of receiving the truth is to receive those who bring the truth. For the Corinthians to receive Timothy was the first step in receiving the truth he came to share with them. If Timothy was readily despised because of his walk with God, then how much more did they despise Paul (2Cor 10,7-11)? Paul was so tenacious that he was able to rise above those who despised him and defended himself, whereas Timothy may have been a little more timid. Paul was not going to let anyone walk over him. When people despised Paul, he would tell them to their faces, and explain to them that the reason they despised him was because they didn’t know the Lord the way they should, putting them in their place.

(130k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Love tears down social differences in the Church

(142j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a reputable ministry >> A reputable ministry of helps -- These verses go with verses 17&18. Timothy followed behind Paul after preaching the word of God to the people and helped set up the churches, teaching the doctrines of leadership and management and helped the people get on their feet before proceeding to his next location, where Paul was expecting him. Timothy was persecuted by the world just as Paul, only probably not nearly as venomously, so the last thing he needed was to be persecuted by the Corinthians. The Church is supposed to be an oasis where he can enter from the storms of the world and feel welcomed and rested. After doing the work of the Lord, to feel a sense of appreciation by the people he was serving would have been encouraging, but what Paul said goes against the grain of this. It is sad and ironic after all the profound spiritual teaching Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he had to ask them to be nice to his fellow bondservant, Timothy.

(171f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Decorating the outside to simulate the inside >> Playing the part to be accepted by men – Of the churches who received epistles from Paul, Corinth was by far the least mature of them all. Paul rebuked them, though he taught them in his first letter; he rebuked them more in his second letter, in some chapters of Second Corinthians downright rebuking them for their unbelief and for the way they treated him. This is the reason Paul felt the need to tell them to treat Timothy with respect, because not even he was getting it from them. To tell the Corinthians that he was expecting Timothy with the brethren was to advise them not to rob him and throw him in a ditch, because he would immediately know about it, and come straight to the Corinthians for answers to his whereabouts. The Corinthians were not comfortable with authority figures, because they were rebellious, and it was their rebellion that got them into trouble with Paul, being the reason he had to rebuke them so often.

(222l) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Conceit >> Thinking you are superior to others >> Treating people with contempt – It’s too bad Paul had to speak this way to the Corinthians; he never spoke like this to any of the other churches in his letters. He basically told them not to treat Timothy contemptuously and not to intimidate or harass him or give him any reason to be afraid of them. We know that hospitality is the great ministry of the Church, yet to let someone into your home and serve him was just the opposite of the demands that Paul was making to the Corinthians. When Timothy arrived in Corinth, the first thing the believes should have done was welcomed him into their homes and showered him with blessings both spiritual and material, and this would have ended the need for Paul to admonish them, but Paul said what he did, because he knew the Corinthians that they were not the most hospitable people in the Church of God, but in fact were capable of abusing Timothy because he was an authority figure, though not an authoritarian. Timothy was not the kind of person talented in defending himself well against spiritual abuse, whereas Paul always had words and he was forceful, and he used his words to get in and out of trouble many times. Timothy was probably more subdued and willing to take whatever cruelty the Corinthians were capable of dishing to him. This would have been embarrassing to Paul had they done this. Paul never had to make such demands on the Ephesians or the Philippians or any other church, because they were far more mature than this; they would have taken in Timothy and treated him like royalty without Paul having to say a word, but he had to tell the Corinthians not to mistreat Timothy.

1Cor 16-12

(76i) Thy kingdom come >> Desires of your heart >> Your interests – Apparently Apollos was doing something that he considered too important to drop and come to Corinth to visit the brethren. He probably had a personality like Paul that focused on something until it was finished. Paul wasn’t able or willing to order Apollos but merely encouraged him. God is much the same way with us; he prefers to encourage us, rather than order us to do certain things, though there are some things he demands of us. For instance, He commands us to quit sinning. Then, He has a calling in mind for us that He wants us to fulfill. He also has other interests, though if we preferred our own He would simply encourage us to at least consider an alternative. So there are various levels of God’s will, as Paul mentioned in Rom 12-2: “[the] good and acceptable and perfect.” There are things he considers important just like we do, things He considers imperative, and things that are crucial. If we do what He considers important, we will always benefit from them, like Apollos going to Corinth; if he ever went there a blessing was awaiting him with the benefit of Paul’s friendship and a closer connection to all, weaving their lives together and sharing each others interests.

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13&14 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. 

 

1Cor 16-13

(3k) Responsibility >> To the Family >> God addresses both genders >> Good men – Godliness appears in men with these characteristics: be on the alert, stand firm in the faith and be strong. However, we all know too well that men in church tend to stand along the sidelines and let the women lead. This is wrong on many levels. First, men are not acting like men when they do this, and second, women have ulterior motives for wanting to lead. The question is how to fix it, how to get men excited about their faith and involved? Essentially, this is something only God can do; nobody else has the power to fix it. Peter’s instruction to women when men fall out of the will of God was to set an example, and this is all they can do (1Pet 3,1-6). He didn’t tell them to take over and lead in his place, because that never produces the desired results, healing of the home and family. The man must be the leader in the home and in the Church, and the women need to follow their example, for this is how they were made from the beginning. The man must be the leader, and if not, only God can fix it, which means we can only pray and be an example. There have been entire generations and centuries, eons when men refused to lead in the home and in the Church, and it has caused apostasy and wars, unbelief has been allowed to fester and grow and overwhelm all avenues of faith so that people find it difficult to believe in God.

(9i) Responsibility >> Strengthen one another >> Be strong – Paul was a sergeant in God’s army, ‘Act like men, head up, chin out, stomach in, chest out, back straight, stand firm, be strong!’ That makes us soldiers in God’s army. “Onward Christian soldiers fighting as to war…,” but instead of possessing weapons of conventional warfare, God gives us weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left (2Cor 6-7). The one thing all soldiers have in common is discipline, for if a soldier doesn’t know discipline, he is no soldier at all. We Christians ought to be self-disciplined. Students are also highly disciplined. The knowledge in their books doesn’t just jump off the page into their heads, but they must discipline themselves to learn until they become professionals in their discipline. This is how we become “strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph 6-10). It doesn’t just happen on its own, but we must open the book and read even when we don’t feel like it. In fact, these are often the times when we get the most from our studies, perhaps not at the moment, but when we look back at our disciplined life to see that we have become students of God’s word. It builds confidence in our faith that we are pursuing the truth and have apprehended it even as we have been apprehended by God. By this we will show those in our company that we are committed to the faith.

(84ca) Thy kingdom come >> Be on the alert >> Be faithful until Jesus comes >> Endure to the end

(98a) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Standing firm in the faith >> Be strong

(137k) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Stages of maturity are levels of accountability >> It is our responsibility to be mature

1Cor 16-14

(75b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives of the heart >> Motives for doing the will of God – We have the substance of love dwelling in us, and He is asking us to allow this state to manifest in our behavior. These things don’t seem to be apparent only because we are living in a body that craves sin, and our body is the very thing we use to express ourselves in this world. We are heaven-bound living in a fallen body that is unable to express the new state that God has given us in the Holy Spirit, except by simulation. It is very frustrating at times, especially when we sin. We don’t understand ourselves, for we do things that we don't intend (Rom 7,14-25). That which has been renewed is eternal, but our flesh is destined for the grave. God will give us a new body at the resurrection of the righteous, and then all things will be redeemed: body, soul and spirit. We will have a body that will perfectly reflect our spirit man. It is possible to force our body to obey the will of God; we have a mind that can override our sinful passions and temptations. When we do, we are basically simulating the Kingdom of Heaven through our flesh. What we have inside us is real, but when we try to express it, all we can do is simulate the changes that have transpired in us. What we do isn’t real, because our body doesn’t want to obey God; we are forcing ourselves, and so it is not from the heart. However, the day of the resurrection of the righteous is coming when we will do the will of God from the heart. This will be when body, soul and spirit are in perfect alignment so that obeying God will come naturally to us, but until then He commands us to do all things in love.

(124c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love is the proper motive for all you do – There are some things we do as acts of love, and there are other things we do that don’t seem to pertain at all, yet Paul said, 'Let all things be done in love.' We understand that love is an action. If it doesn’t manifest in the natural realm, then it isn’t love, but in reality love exists before it is an action. Love is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and the fruits of the Spirit are states of being. So, love is a spiritual state. It reflects the condition of our hearts, what has most influenced us. Faith and love are one and the same (See: 125b); therefore, love is a substance, as it says about faith in Heb 11-1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The NASB puts it this way, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Therefore, love is the substance of our assurance (confidence); it is the very core of our faith. It says, ‘Let all things be done in love,’ so one day God will create a new heavens and a new earth, and He will take His own advice and sow love into the new creation, into its very fabric, into the atoms and molecules that will comprise heaven. If there were one word that best defines love, it would be “giving.” This is the level of blessing that God intends to impart into His creation, and He has imparted it into us. Jesus is the first fruit of the new creation, and we will follow Him in glory, and when God makes all things new, the creation will follow us, as it is written, “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom 8-19).

(250a) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> In all things ... >> Glorify God in all things

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15-18 Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints ), 16 that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors. 17 I rejoice over the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have supplied what was lacking on your part. 18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. 

 

1Cor 16,15-18

(72j) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> More Authority The More Responsibility >> The strong shall help the weak – Paul encouraged the Corinthians to receive the household of Stephanas. They devoted themselves to the ministry of building up the saints, instructing the Corinthians that they should be in subjection to such men and to all those who help in the work of the Lord. For Paul to have to say this to the Corinthians demonstrates the level of immaturity the Corinthians had to despise those who were faithful in Christ, interpreting it as weakness. Those whom Paul sent to them understood their calling and were sent as model Christians for the Corinthians Church to follow their example. The Corinthians still clung to a worldview that was essentially satanic in nature, whereas those who served the Lord sent by Paul to help encourage them in their faith were at peace, and wanted nothing more than to walk in love. They were not interested in competition of any sort, only to serve, and the Corinthians didn’t understand this yet. They weren’t to the point of maturity to fully comprehend this kind of life. They could apparently visualize themselves in heaven, but couldn’t visualize themselves walking in the Spirit while still in the flesh, and for this reason they had a hard time understanding those that did.

(73c) Authority >> Respect your leaders >> The ministry to the saints 

(100m) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to people >> Devoted to ministering to their physical needs

(130f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to supporting one another -- These verses go with verses 1-12

(236e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest your strength into the kingdom >> Invest your labors – Paul gave a list of people who were supporters of the Churches, who went as missionaries helping people serve the Lord and strengthening their faith and demonstrating the kind of life the Christian has been called to walk. These are men of God whom Paul was most grateful. He mentioned numerous times that he felt alone in the world, because the Church was largely unwilling to serve the Lord, though Paul was very demanding; he expected nothing less than everything. Imagine the problem he had with the Corinthians who were sloppy in their faith. For this reason people like Timothy and others who supported him and the Churches were a tremendous encouragement to Paul. To know there were others who had a genuine heart and a kindred spirit, gave him much optimism on those lonely nights in his prison cell.

1Cor 16-15,16

(15a) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers are hard workers – If a layperson is committed to ministering to the saints, we must subject ourselves to such a person, regardless of his lack of title and status. It is the extent of dedication to the faith that determines the parameters of our submission. A person can be without a title and be more committed and effective in ministry than those who feel they are entitled to our respect just because they are so-called men of the cloth and have credentials.

 

1Cor 16-17,18

(14i) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers are Indirectly in charge of the word >> They minister to God's leaders – The main role of the ministry of helps is they lighten the load of ministers and church members alike. They see something that needs to be done and they don’t dispatch the job or wait for someone else to do it; they do it. They are part word bearers and part workers. They are the jack-of-all-trades and the master of none, but when they touch your life you know it because you are refreshed.

(139a) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Encouragement >> Our brothers encourage us in our adversity

(142j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a reputable ministry >> A reputable ministry of helps -- These verses go with verses 10&11

1Cor 16-17

(14m) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers fill in the gaps >> They are always there when you need them

(197b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to take on responsibility

1Cor 16-18

(235a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Be a blessing >> God blesses those around you

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19-24 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 The greeting is in my own hand -Paul. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

1Cor 16-19

(29bb) Gift of God >> God delivers us from our enemies >> Church assembles in people's houses (underground) – Expensive Christianity has corrupted the Church, so what is the alternative but to have church in people’s homes. Sometimes that can be impractical, yet it may be the best way to conduct church. It is convenient to put on our Sunday duds and make the trip to the Church building and find our favorite pew and follow the liturgy, shake hands with our fellow parishioners, discus the coming social events, fill in certain friends on the details of our week, and then disassemble and go home to our family for Sunday dinner. Alternatively, the person who has church in his home is an all-day event if not all week to plan and prepare. Those who do this have church in different homes each week, thus evenly spreading the responsibility and the opportunity to practice hospitality among the saints. This method works very well in times of persecution, but when times are easy, people like to go to church, though it is more expensive. The less money is involved in our fellowshipping with the saints, the more we receive from one another and the more we can concentrate on the real issues of the faith, otherwise the money-burden has a tendency to divert our attention to worldly issues instead of focusing on God and one another.

(123g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Ministry of the saints >> Emotional benediction toward helpers -- This verse goes with verses 21-24

1Cor 16-20

(123k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Being in love with the body of Christ >> Physical affection with spiritual motives – Greetings back then involved an embrace and a holy kiss (on the cheek), which got out of hand and was eventually shortened to a simple handshake. Jesus started the tradition of kissing His disciples, being the reason Judas Iscariot used the kiss to identify Him at His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, since it would have been the normal thing to do. It was the gesture of Christianity for the first couple centuries, but then it became increasingly inappropriate as young men would hold a kiss a little too long on their believing sisters. Now we shake hands or give a hug, and we mustn’t forget about disease, the flu season and spreading bacteria, though the handshake is just as good a transmission pathway as any.

1Cor 16,21-24

(123g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Ministry of the saints >> Emotional benediction toward helpers -- These verses go with verse 19

1Cor 16-21

(151a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word >> Speak the logos (written word) – Paul didn’t personally write all his epistles. For example, In Rom 16-22 it says that a man named Tertius wrote the book of Romans at Paul’s dictation. Paul couldn’t write it probably because his eyes were bad. Peter didn’t write his own letter either, but dictated it to somebody who wrote the letter for him, being uneducated. He may have known how to write on a fundamental basis, but he wasn’t fluent like Paul. Some of the writing style can be lost through dictation, but when we look at the style of Romans and compare it to his other epistles, it is identical, so it seems that Tertius wrote Romans verbatim at Paul’s dictation, for the very reason to maintain the writing style as evidence of it being his letter. In contrast, when we look at the book of Hebrews, the writing style in no way resembles Paul, though many affirm that Paul wrote it.

1Cor 16-22

(20k) Sin >> Disobedience >> Rejecting the word

(26k) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Curse >> Deeds that return to the doer >> God’s blessings are a curse if you don’t walk in them – Unfortunately this is a true statement; those who do not love the Lord have a curse on their lives, and the curse is unbelief, along with the spirits attracted to their unbelief.

(201b) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> You are against Christ when your unbelief materializes >> Our disobedience is against Christ – Paul was writing to the Church about unbelievers among the people of God who don’t love the Lord, those who don’t produce the fruit of the kingdom. We are to treat them as unbelievers and be wary of them. The fact that they are already in the Church and have heard the teachings of Scripture and still don’t love the Lord, suggests that they have a hardened heart, making them potentially unreachable. Those whom Paul was insinuating are just like Judas Iscariot, waiting for the day of his death to be buried, while his soul goes to hell. That is just a function of time; nothing can really change that. Paul didn’t say that we should try to win him to Christ; he said, “Let him be accursed,” let him. There is nothing we can do. To try to reach him with the gospel after he has been in the Church for so many years is like offering a drowning man a glass of water, he has already seen and heard that; he has a mouthful of it right now; he doesn’t need anymore. The man does not have the love of God in him; he is incapable of it. He has heard the gospel and has rejected it.

(209c) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> I never knew you – Anyone who does not love the Lord has a curse on his life. The Bible teaches that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, suggesting that everybody once had the curse of God on their lives until Jesus came and saved us, but those who have not received this forgiveness still has this curse of sin hanging over them; it has not been lifted, because they have rejected God’s son. In fact, the curse has increased, since Jesus came to save them and they rejected Him, so when they die in their sins and meet God, He will have more against them than He did before He sent His Son. There is no greater sin than rejecting the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, for it is the essence of blasphemy against God, being the one thing that everyone in hell has in common. For those who have come to know and love the Lord Jesus the curse has been lifted and the sentence of hell removed, and now they have the hope of eternal life with God in heaven. What a blessing it is to know and love the Lord our God.