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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:

  1. Permissable
  2. 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.

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 world) in itself was perfectly permissable and was a freedom that those who had enlightened knowledge could enjoy -- but doing so in the presence of a weaker brother was not just a mistake but a sin.

Today we will begin on chapter 9 where Paul answers those who examine him.

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 and an economy with its roots in the gospels and old testament Jewish scriptures. This idea is extended also to the widow:

KJG  1 Corinthians 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. (1Co 7:39 KJG)
KJG  1 Corinthians 7:40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
TBT  1 Corinthians 7:40 μακαριωτέρα δέ ἐστιν ἐὰν οὕτω μείνῃ, κατὰ τὴν ἐμὴν γνώμην· δοκῶ δὲ κἀγὼ Πνεῦμα Θεοῦ ἔχειν.

She is happier (more blessed) to remain unmarried -- and literally "and I also seem to have the Spirit of God". Do you think it is the Spirit of God to take the "short time" regimin appropriate to the ACTS and then impose it on believers today ignoring the Judgment of Acts 28?

I trust that through the reading of this great epistle that you will see the mind of God in context and discern the things  that differ.

February 22nd, 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:

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 of us who have responded to this message we have equality in a more pervasive sense since national distinctions have been laid aside and a new man created. With the new man has come a new and different unity that we need to keep (see Eph 4:1-5).

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 loving environment supplied by the believeing part would have a very strong influence on the unbelieving part.

It is true that we do not have these gifts today and must rely on other manifestaions to bring the unbelieving partner to Christ -- these would include:-

  • A consistent faithful life before man and God
  • A clear presentation of the gospel
  • The logical and powerful presentation of answers to questions which the unbeliever raised
    • Apologetics ( Logical answers about God's nature and creation)
    • Right Division ( The Bible seen as logical, trustworthy and dependable)
  • Loving environment -- Love will ultimately win.
February 1st, 2015

Introduction:

Last time we finished chapter 6 which detailed the functional and acceptable use of the body. The belly is for meats and meats for the belly BUT God shall destroy (bring to naught) both it and them through the resurrection.

The body is NOT for fornication but for the Lord and the Lord for the body -- fornication is seen as a sin against the body and is a serious violation of God's will because it is a violation of body functionality and purpose set aside for marriage.

January 25th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at the 10 categories of sinners that would not inherit the kingdom of God. The first five but one were sexual in nature and the one that was not, "idolaters", evokes an obvious question: Why is this category placed here? A possible answer is that the sexual practices may be associated with idolatry in so far as a) the actual practice (religious sexual requirements) and b) the idolatry that the practice produces in the mind of the person.

Today we will examine the remainder of chapter 6.

January 18th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at the matter of going to the unrighteous for the settlements of differences between brothers and how this was utterly a fault.

7  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

Today we will move into the seriousness of the actions performed by the Corinthians and the principle of judgment will be taken into the personal life of the believer finally concentrating on the body.

December 29th, 2014

Introduction

The place and purpose of Israel is central to the correct understanding of the Bible. Philosophy is not a Biblical subject but the Bible contains a philosophy of life in the form of a "world view" that has different instantiations dependent on assumptions made. The particular world view adhered to and promoted by various expositors and "defenders of the faith" comes directly or indirectly through an understanding of Israel, its extent, demise or otherwise and future. These conclusions (posteriors) have developed throughout christendom in time and geography and have very informative "priors" which should be investigated carefully.

We seek to challenge many of these posterior conclusive world views by an appeal to the place and position of Israel as exhibited by the prophets in the old testament scriptures and the apostolic ministries presented in the new testament. Understanding Israel and how the present economy differes puts us in a place where we can learn from Israel's mistakes without taking what does not belong to us. The right division of scriptures "frees" us to see in Israel truths that are not unique to any particular age but which are universal in their scope.

It is with this premise that I would like to look at the time of "provocation" where Israel was tested in the wilderness. Lets look at some of her mistakes and find parallels in these three areas:

  1. This age where PAul the prisoner is the chosen vessel to bring us enlightenment.
  2. The Acts period when Paul was going to the Jew first with a Jewish hope.
  3. The National difference that comes to America through its founding generation.
    1. What makes America "different" and "exceptional"? 
    2. What is the federalist and anti federalist issue?
    3. Are states sovereign?
    4. Should we as christians be involved or is this another entanglement to avoid?

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