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I Corinthians 15 Part 2–The Power of the Resurrection

It’s the age-old argument, Jesus was a great teacher, a prophet, a philosopher, a revolutionary and even a sacrifice for men’s sins. The simple truth is that while all those adjectives accurately describe the Lord; it remains most important that we realize that Jesus was GOD, and Jesus rose from the dead.

There has been controversy regarding the resurrection since the 3rd day.  But, Jesus rose physically from the dead on the third day and was seen by over 500 folks during the time He remained on earth.  If Christ did not rise from the dead, all that we say or do to worship and maintain relationship with God is a lie.  

Without a resurrection, Christ died for nothing. Men have continued to sin; the world has continued to push to eradicate God from the culture.  The enemy has continued to use fear to lie and cheat us out of the relationship God wants to have with us.  The resurrection was the crucial event that put Christ on the throne for the glory of God.

My favorite passage in scripture is Philippians 2:5-11. Paul tells us to have the same attitude as Christ. In verse 9, Paul reminds us that after Christ’s death, “Then God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Jesus a name that is above every name. So, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow; in Heaven, on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father!”  

One cannot worship a dead king. Oh, we can honor a dead leader, we can hold special esteem for them.  We have watched the UK celebrate the life of the late queen Elizabeth with reverence and love. Still, one cannot follow a dead leader. That is why Charles now is the King of England.

 No, what sets Jesus apart, and what gives us hope is the truth that Jesus is in fact alive. He is at God’s right-hand interceding for us, His chosen.  He will lead us through this journey and for eternity. We must trust by faith that there was an actual physical resurrection, or we are foolishly chasing a spiritual unicorn.  Do not let the world or the enemy take from you the truth of the resurrection, or the beauty of an empty tomb.

God Bless You

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[c] Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
    for tomorrow we die.”[d]

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[e] 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

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I Corinthians 15 Part 1–The Gospel Plain and Simple!

The four spiritual laws, Steps to peace with God, The Circle, the Roman road, and many other iterations have become marketing themes to sell the Gospel to the lost.  As God’s Chosen, we have been called to “Go and make disciples of all nations!” Paul was continuing his message to the Corinthians, mainly because the City of Corinth was a city that literally touched the world! As a major port, Corinth was a vital city for Rome and so it was a hub for merchants and sailors from all over the known world.

Knowing this, Paul wanted for the Corinthians to Get it right.  So he laid out the Gospel in very simple but life gripping terms:

Christ died for our sin—according tot he scripture

  • He was raised on the 3rd day—according to the scripture!
  • He met with Peter
  • He met with the 12
  • He was seen by 500 people all at once and most still alive to testify
  • He next met with His Brother James 
  • Then he met again with the Disciples
  • Finally, He met with Paul on the road to Damascus

Jesus was not being surreptitious; He wanted the world to know He paid the price for in and still wanted to be in relationship with us.  We are the single most important thing to God the Father.  No matter how it is marketed, the bottom line is that God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans 5:8)

This Chapter is Paul once again making the main thing the main thing.  The enemy and the world would have us be distracted by the noise od “what-ifs” and “can you really proves”… Yes, We can really prove in a court the preponderance of evidence establishes the validity of Christ and His sovereignty as God and His resurrection from the dead.  

More importantly, the change and focus of our lives proves that he has made a real and lasting change in our lives some 2000 years later!  We must not be fearful or ashamed to share that truth.  We must embrace it and shout it from the rooftops!

God Bless You

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

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I Corinthians 14–Attack Your Walk as if Your Life Depended Upon It

One of the controversies in Corinth, and in modern churches is the ever-present spiritual gift of speaking in tongues.  Praying in tongues was happening since the first Pentecost and is still very present in some denominations today.  It has been, and still is a private gift not to be a badge of merit worn in Church.

Prophecy, in contrast, the forth telling of the plain truth of God is in fact a public gift.  Prophets are not meant to be fortune tellers with a turban and crystal ball, although sometimes the truth includes what happens as a result of the actions described.  They are the people that do not allow feelings or prestige to block the telling of God’s message.  Prophets are rarely popular and often treated poorly. As the axiom says, “The truth hurts”. 

Prophets have done amazing things, however, to change the world.  Jonah changed an entire Empire. Isaiah foretold the future of Israel and all mankind.  We cannot shrink away from God’s gifting, BUT we must attack our daily walk with God as if it is the most important thing.  We are not about our spiritual gifts.  We are about our humble surrender to the Lord.  As we walk with Him, He will use us to accomplish great things. We cannot allow the enemy to distract us with the concern of what gifts we are displaying, instead we need to be focused upon living a life worthy of the Gospel.

Enjoy your life.  Embrace your gifting and serve God and others with relentless passion. This will bring purpose, peace, and completeness in your daily journey with our Lord!

God Bless You

1-3 Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.

4-5 The one who prays using a private “prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength. I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language—unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all.

6-8 Think, friends: If I come to you and all I do is pray privately to God in a way only he can understand, what are you going to get out of that? If I don’t address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you? If musical instruments—flutes, say, or harps—aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle?

9-12 So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth? There are many languages in the world and they all mean something to someone. But if I don’t understand the language, it’s not going to do me much good. It’s no different with you. Since you’re so eager to participate in what God is doing, why don’t you concentrate on doing what helps everyone in the church?

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I Corinthians 13 Final– The Remaining Gifts and Why they Matter

As we close the week of discussing the gifts of God, We should camp for a moment upon the three that remain.  As a grandfather of 3, a father of four, a husband of one, and a friend of many; I have given and received many gifts in my day.  I have t-shirts and logo shirts that fill my closet dating back to the nineties.  My cold weather coat remains my Harley Davidson jacket that I received from a dear friend that designed the Harley Davidson clothing line.

Still, the most resonant gifts that I have received in my life do not hold that place because of their shape or their value.  They have remained special because they came from someone who truly loved me.  Whether a painted rock, a lovely book, or a watch the value of the gift is encompassed in the value of its giver.

Faith, Hope and Love remain as our three greatest gifts from God.  They are life shaping, life affirming, and life changing. Still, they supersede the gifts of prophecy, teaching, encouragement, etc., not because they are of a different form or intrinsic value.  Instead, they remain because they are the very essence of the God who gives them.

Our very existence in this chaotic fallen world is greatly due to the faith we place in our Heavenly Father.  The hope we cling to is due in large part to the historical record of God’s hand in our lives and the lives of all His chosen.  Still, the single most foundational gift we have is the Love of the Father that created us, died for us, resurrected for us and leads us through the journey.  

It is the love of God that is printed in our DNA.  It causes us to completely sacrifice for our family.  It causes us to help the stranded stranger, hand money to the homeless. All other gifts are still important, but they do not hold any place close to the remaining gift.  This week, as we move closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we need to focus on the gifts that remain, and upon the Father that loves us and gave them to us for now and for eternity.

God Bless You

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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I Corinthians 13 Part 2–Love and the Fruit of the Spirit

Paul’s urgency for the Corinthians to understand the Holy Spirit, was based upon his deeper desire for them to understand their relationship with God.  The main problem this church was having seemed to center around a personal desire to “Excel” at Christianity. All through the book, Paul has coached this church toward unity and toward selflessness.  Their spiritual identity, their daily walks, their understanding of the body and of spiritual gifts seemed slanted toward competition and self-recognition.

Paul wanted this thriving young church to set all personal aspiration aside and strive for glorifying God.  So, when Paul talked about the greatest gifts of Faith, Hope, and Love, he was driving the Corinthians back to being led by God and not by their desire to be good at Christianity.

Paul enumerated the Characteristics of love. If one takes the time to meditate on those characteristics, they will see the striking similarity to the fruit of the spirit.  Love is a gift that is the embodiment of the fruit of God’s Spirit.  God showed the greatest love possible.  He gave us the ability to love.  

When we understand that as we love God, we embody His characteristics; then we can see the fruit of Love and of His Spirit. When those things are not present in our lives, we need to first check the source—Who are we following? If we are following the Lord, Love will be apparent.  The fruit of God’s Spirit will be apparent. Selflessness will be apparent. 

Love, Hope and Faith will rule our lives as God rules our lives.  When those qualities seem distant, we can be sure that God is also distant.  We must seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all the rest will be added. (Matthew 6:33)

God Bless You

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Galatians 5

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

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I Corinthians 13 Part 1–Love is the Critical Spiritual Gift

Paul wants to make sure that the Corinthians finally get it.  He has been wrestling with unity and with the use of spiritual gifts in people’s lives.  So, in this section, Paul simply lays out the whole truth.  Our walks with God are not about what we Have, what we do, or what we give or give up.  Our lives as God’s chosen people are about our love for God and our love for others. Paul makes it completely clear–We can speak or sing like an angel, we can foresee or know everything, We can give away all our stuff and our very lives–BUT, if we do those things for the gain of it, and not out of our love for God, it is all a waste.

Task oriented folks always gulp at that realization. From time’s beginning, all God has ever asked from us, is that we love Him and follow His lead.  As we do that,  there are never issues about gifting, knowledge, or sacrifice! Those things happen naturally as an outpouring of our Love for God. Without love, however, those things can still happen, Sadly, those that check the boxes to either prove themselves or gain an advantage completely miss God in the process.  They do the actions for the little god of self, and their actions become their only reward. In those lives, God is the saddest of all.

We need only to trust God, follow Him, and love Him and those He has placed in our path.  With God’s love as our focus, we will gain everything that we could ever hope for. God will make sure of it.

God Bless You

1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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I Corinthians 12 Part 3–The Lunacy of Self-Importance

After 60 years, life has proven to me that I am not that big of a deal! I wake up each day and look in the mirror and get a very honest picture of who I am.  I am a husband, a dad, a worker, a minister, a consumer, a philosopher…There are none of those roles, however, that make me great in my own eyes or in the eyes of others.  We are a part of a much larger group of believers.  Each believer has their multiple roles that they play and with that their own specific baggage that they carry.

Paul is trying to impart the most basic truth.  We are all important to the body, and none of us more than another.  I am a part of a very large church in Houston, Texas. In order for the Sunday worship to minister the way that it does, literally hundreds of people are serving in a number of roles from parking, to greeting, to preaching, teaching, giving, serving coffee, running cameras, loving kids and the list goes on. There is not one single role in that army that is not critical in the worship service.

Almost 2000 years after Paul’s letter, the same issue remains. We try to become the center of our own universe and see our import as somehow more special than others in the body of Christ.  Paul says, “Stop it!” Serve Christ as a humble person. Take yourself out of the equation and simply operate as the body part God has called you to be.  It is ok not to be an Eye. Its ok not to be a foot. If you are a kidney, then be a great kidney! Whatever the role, simply walk humbly and serve with love and integrity.

God Bless You

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Love Is Indispensable

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

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I Corinthians 12 Part 2–God’s Plan for God’s Glory

When we finally realize that the Holy Spirit distributes His gifting for the purpose of completing God’s plan in our lives, then, we can be grateful for the gifts we are given.  The world would simply want more gifts so that they could have more power.  They would then use the power for their own personal gain.

The gifts of the Spirit are plainly not for personal gain, and they are to be used to complete God’s plan for God’s glory. Whether you are entrusted with inordinate wisdom, knowledge, faith, prophecy, miraculous signs, healing, speaking in other tongues or interpreting other tongues; all the gifting is from and for the Father’s glory.

Paul has reminded us we are one body.  Just as one body has many parts that serve many functions; so, we who are many in Christ serve our role to honor the Father and help the body of Christ to also function.  Our roles may not be glamorous, but, the non-glamorous body functions are often the ones that are most critical.

Simply put, the old theater axiom still holds true, “There are no small roles, just small actors!” We continue to work to glorify God, and God Himself will notice and bless the work.  Then, at day’s end, we will have walked humbly with Him, glorified Him, and completed His will.

God Bless You

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

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I Corinthians 12 Part 1–The Holy Spirit-God, not a Toy!

he Holy Spirit is the person of the trinity that remained behind to comfort, protect, guide, and prepare each of God’s chosen for the journey on earth and eternity with the Father.  When we accept Christ Jesus as Savior and as Lord, the Spirit indwells us.  We can be certain that everything we know and recognize about God comes from the Holy Spirit. 

Conversely, we can be assured that any feelings that God is not real, or that God is bad, and following Him is wrong, is a lie and not coming from the Spirit of God! Jesus promised to send His Spirit once He ascended back to the Father.  Acts 2 tells the story.  Prior to that, God was selective to whom He would share His spirit.  It was a transactional experience and usually limited to Prophets, Priests, and Kings.

After the resurrection, God gave all that came into relationship with Him the Holy Spirit. It was a natural next step, as we are now part of His nation of priests.  God’s intention since the call of Abraham was to raise a nation of priests to share his message of reconciliation with all parts of the world.  We are therefore a part of those whom Christ called in Matthew 28:18-20.

Jesus gives the Great Commission…

      ”Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

We will be spending the next several days looking at God’s Holy Spirit. What it means to us and how we are to embrace God’s gift, call, and unique design for our lives.  For today, suffice it to say that God gave us His Spirit in a purposeful way for a specific call in our lives.  He did not open up a “spiritual treasure box” and say “Good job boys and girls now pick a prize!”

God gave us His Spirit for His purpose; to seek and to save that which is Lost! How the Spirit manifests in each person is intentionally different as we all have different roles to play in God’s master plan.  We simply need to have faith that God is preparing us to do our part of His plan, and that that plan will change lives! Like a theater troop, we act as an ensemble building a family that ultimately honors and glorifies God.

God Bless You

Now, dear brothers and sisters,[a] regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[b]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.[c] The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[d] while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

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I Corinthians 11–Communion or Barbeque

Sometimes, we as humans can be so annoying.  We can take some of God’s sacred things and make them entirely about us.  In Chapter 11, Paul uses communion as a great example.  The body of Christ gathered to observe this time of reflection and remembering Christ. It is the equivalent of the Passover for the people of Israel.  When the church gathered, they were to break bread and drink the cup in remembrance of Christ. Seems simple, right?

The people in Corinth had converted the meal into a BBQ, and for the privileged it became all you can eat, while the less fortunate simply had to do without! Not the message Christ intended. 

Paul made no bones about it.  Get this right! When observing communion make it about the memorial not about your belly! Each person is to focus upon Christ’s sacrifice and how it affects their walks.  NO one should come to be fed, instead, everyone should come to worship.  What is more, the meal should be a time of serving others and including all! Not a time of hanging with your buddies and partying like rock stars!

Cropped shot of a group of energetic young friends dancing at a party in a nightclub

For us, Communion should also be a time of reflection and refocus upon the Lord. We get to take a moment and remember what the Lord gave for us.  We also should use the time to make peace with the Lord, and with other things that are noise in our lives.  As we reflect, we need not worry about our lives and circumstance, but, for a brief moment remember that Christ died for our sin and for our restoration in HIs Kingdom no matter our circumstance or place of influence.

God Bless You

  1. 17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry, and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.