Articles by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
June 13th, 2015

Last time we looked at the nature of how the annointing worked in the acts of the apostles and specifically the baptism which the Spirit of God performed and was active in. We noted that there is a complete correspondence between the events of 1Cor 12 and 1 Cor 10 where a baptism unto Moses was recounted. The connection to Israel and her spiritual things was made clear.

In this lesson we will examine the body at Corinth and its membership.


Chapter 12:27-31

This passage begins with a paragraph mark and rightfully so --...

By Wayne Stewart
May 24th, 2015

Last time we looked at the verses 1-11 of chapter 12. In verses 4-6 we saw the diversity of action that the trinity is involved with and noted the vast difference in spiritual gifts we have in the church whose head is Christ. 

In this lesson we will move onto chapter 12:12-26 and see the nature of the body formed in the Acts period. A body which some say exists today -- after this lesson such a conjecture would have to be shelved as a wishful thinking at the least.

Chapter 12: 12-26

We shall now investigate the passages which...

By Wayne Stewart
May 16th, 2015

Last time we examined the Lord's supper and its relation to the Acts economy -- "till he come" helps to delimit the time frame and makes its upper boundary contingent to the "near at hand" parousia of the Lord. The new covenant was with the old given to Israel (Jer. 31, Heb 8) and was commemorated (initially by the Lord) through a re-interpretation of the passover with new elements added (like the cup). These traditions (ordinances) were all a part of Israel's shadows and were never a part of the reality. In holding the "head": as PAul tells the Colossians (Col 2) we see and...

By Wayne Stewart
May 10th, 2015

Last time we looked at shadow and reality in the period of the Acts of the apostles. Of course the shadow is seen throughout the Acts period and that includes the Acts epistles of Paul which amount to 7 letters. Those who would claim that right division holds little practical consequence should look very carefully at the past lesson and 1st Corinthians in general. In this lesson we will look at the problems related to the Lord's supper.

Chapter 11:17-34

The problems are made acute here. Paul begins with "I praise you not" whereas in 11:2...

By Wayne Stewart
May 3rd, 2015

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

Today we look at chapter 11

Chapter 11:1-16

The apostle begins chapter 11 with an imperative "Be..." (γίνεσθε)

KJG  1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
TBT  1 Corinthians 11:1 μιμηταί μου γίνεσθε, καθὼς κἀγὼ...

By Wayne Stewart
April 26th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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...