1 Corinthians 15 - Day 786 (link to reading)
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:16-19
Observation: Paul addresses the Corinthian Church’s heresy that there is no resurrection of the dead. His argument is simple. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then even Jesus couldn’t have been resurrected. If Jesus wasn’t resurrected, then our beliefs are false and we are wasting our time.
Application: It’s our responsibility is to validate our beliefs. Without knowing and believing that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, he was buried and raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and then he appeared to Peter, the twelve and then to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters,” we’re susceptible to pointless theories that distract our focus and energies.
Prayer: Lord, reveal Yourself to us. Open our eyes to see...
1 Corinthians 14 - Day 785 (link to reading)
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:18-19
Observation: Following his treatise on love, Paul gives the Corinthians some simple examples of how to express their love.
Application: Be kind to one another. Treat others with respect and dignity. Help others get closer to God. Simple instructions that even a toddler can understand. Why is it so hard to do?
Prayer: Lord, help me to get out of the way so people can see Your beauty...
1 Corinthians 13 - Day 784 (link to reading)
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13
Observation: in chapter 12, Paul highlights the special gifts that differentiate us. Today, he reveals the key to living harmoniously together, as well as, being happy.
Application: 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the “love” chapter in the Bible and is often read during marriage ceremonies. Ironically, Paul humbly wrote the letter to the Corinthian church to address their haughty attitudes. Notice that he doesn’t command anyone to do anything. Rather, he gives them the “answer” and expects them to figure it out.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the answer to my frustrations. Please help me to love as You love.
1 Corinthians 12 - Day 783 (link to reading)
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13
Commentary: Just as conduct at the Lord’s Supper was out of hand, so too was the way in which ministry was conducted in church. While the Corinthians had written asking for Paul’s apostolic ruling on the specific matter of spiritual gifts, there is no reason for separating the issues in ch. 11 from those in chs. 12–14. Seen together, we find the meetings of Christians in disarray. In whatever way the reader reconstructs the problems which gave rise to a request for clarification from Paul—and it is like piecing together a discussion while listening to the speaker at one end of the telephone—they need to be related to Paul’s summary of his final instructions in 14:39–40. He uses this method elsewhere (cf. 11:33; 15:58). They must be eager to prophesy … not forbid speaking in tongues, doing everything in the church in a fitting and orderly way. The problems appear to relate primarily to the priority of prophecy and exercising the gift of tongues in the Christian meetings. These were to be conducted in such a way as to reflect the character of the God whose meeting it was.
Winter, B. (1994). 1 Corinthians. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1180). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.
Application: God has given us spiritual gifts so that "we can help each other" and build up the body of Christ. Like a good parent, He didn't give us spiritual gifts to make us arrogant or self-centered. No, God wants us to share our gifts and abilities with others.
Prayer: Lord, Your will be done. Please provide opportunities for me to glorify You with the gifts that You have entrusted to me...
1 Corinthians 11 - Day 782 (link to reading)
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Observation: Paul describes the hierarchy of relationships within the body of Christ.
Application: The bible is the inspired word of God and it "prescribes" His will for our lives. The bible also "describes" many cultural customs of that era. Hence, when we read the bible, we need to discern whether the text is giving us specific instructions (love God, love your neighbor as yourself, make disciples...) or informing us about life in the past.
Prayer: Lord, help us to discern what You are saying to us...
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