Articles by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
April 26th, 2015
 Introduction

Last time we looked at the tension between what cannot be done in truth revealing communion (see vs 10:21) and what can be done under liberty (10:25,27,28). The truth is that we who are saved by Grace cannot partake in the altar of an idol -- we have nothing in common and we cannot in truth "partake". So it is with our communion with the doctrines and manner of life associated with other ages.

Chapter 10:21-33

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
 22 Do...

By Wayne Stewart
April 19th, 2015
Introduction:

Last time we looked at the fact that the cup of blessing used in the communion is likely something new to the passover feast. A tradition that was installed prior to Christ and which the Lord re-interpreted in light of the New Covenant. In this lesson we will take the discussion further as Paul takes us into teaching that can be best understood by the times then present.

Chapter 10: 16-21

Before moving further into the chapter, let us investigate the connection of the Lord's supper with the passover. Matthew 26 shows the nature and circumstances under which the...

By Wayne Stewart
April 12th, 2015
Introduction:

Last time we looked at the age times and how the ends of the ages fell on those in the Acts period and NOT US! We shall now continue with verse 12

Chapter 10:12-16

After the examples of unbelief have been recited in verses 7-11 Paul says:

KJG  1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
TBT  1 Corinthians 10:12 ὥστε ὁ δοκῶν ἑστάναι, βλεπέτω μὴ πέσῃ.

The two verbs ἑστάναι, πέσῃ. "to stand" and "to fall" are strongly symbolic and remind the reader that if you take pride in...

By Wayne Stewart
March 29th, 2015
Introduction:

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

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

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

Chapter 10:1-11

KJG  1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye...

By Wayne Stewart
March 22nd, 2015
Introduction:

Last week we had reason to pause and look at some applications of the "stumblingblock" doctrine and reflect on whether the use of alcahol in our lives would be:

Permissable Wise and helpful to our weaker Christian brothers and unsaved friends.

Each person would need to look at his or her own circumstances to decide on the latter since this is a judgment made upon the ground of "freedom" .  For the former we could ask as Paul: Are we not free? Yes of course we are.

KJG  1 Corinthians 9:4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
TBT  1 Corinthians 9:4 μὴ...

By Wayne Stewart
March 15th, 2015
Introduction:

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

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

Eating flesh offered  to an idol (which was nothing in the...

By Wayne Stewart
March 7th, 2015
Introduction:

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

By Wayne Stewart
February 21st, 2015
Introduction

Last time we looked at a summary of the important issues of 1Corinthians as an Acts epistle. One issue is that those saved whether Jew or Greek were to remain in that state:

This has some important implications when one interprets many of the doctrines that are taught by  Paul in his Acts epistles. One very important issue relating to this is the economy that the world was under and the nearness of Christ's second coming. Paul applies this to the subject of marriage. He continues in verse 29:

29  But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it...

By Wayne Stewart
February 15th, 2015
Introduction

Last lesson we looked at verses 7:17-20. The major point brought out was that upon salvation Jews were to remain Jews and Gentiles were to remain Gentiles. The last verse in the sequence says

20  (AV) Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
20  (TR) εκαστος εν τη κλησει η εκληθη εν ταυτη μενετω

Literally "Each in the calling in which he was called in this let him remain" -- this is very different to the message of PAul the prisoner to those who respond to the gospel of the unsearchable riches who live in the current age. To those...

By Wayne Stewart
February 8th, 2015
Introduction

Last time we finished with the verse:

KJG  1 Corinthians 7:16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
TBT  1 Corinthians 7:16 τί γὰρ οἶδας, γύναι, εἰ τὸν ἄνδρα σώσεις; ἢ τί οἶδας, ἄνερ, εἰ τὴν γυναῖκα σώσεις;

This salvation would come by way of the environment set up by the believer and it should be remembered that in the Acts period believers in the Lord had gifts given severally as the Lord willed. The obvious and clear manifestation of this witness coupled with a...

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