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June 21st, 2015

Introduction

Last lesson mainly concerned the meaning of the 27th verse:  "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1Co 12:27 KJV)" -- where it was discovered that the idea of the Corinthians being a body of christ was that they were made so by their "part" in the body -- they functioned particularly -- so would the body at Rome have a different combinatorial mix to satisfy the needs at that locality. 

We will continue to ask the same question (slide above) as we compare the Acts body  with  the body created by God at the end of the book of Acts.

June 13th, 2015

Introduction:

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.

May 24th, 2015

Introduction

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.

May 16th, 2015

Introduction

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

May 10th, 2015

Introduction

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.

May 3rd, 2015

Introduction:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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