1 Corinthians 13 - vs.1-3 - though I have the gifts of the Holy Spirit and everything that God gives, but if I do not have His love, I am nothing. 1 John 2:15; 3:14,17; 4:7,8; Matthew 7:21-24. vs.4-7 - Describing the Love of God. Long-suffering. Kind. Doesn’t envy. Doesn’t boast - to vaunt itself. Isn’t proud - puffed up. Doesn’t behave improperly (unseemliness). Seeks not her own way. Not easily provoked. Thinks no evil. Doesn’t rejoice at injustice or unrighteousness. Rejoices at truth. Bears all things. Believes all things. Hopes all things. Endures all things. vs.8-13 - Love never fails - it will endure forever, for God is love, and God does not fail. When we come into the perfect or the perfection of heaven, we will not need tongues or prophesy. We will be walking in the perfect love of Jesus. The Love of God is the greatest thing that we can have from God. Crain Blanchard. www.joseph1637.com
1 Corinthians 12 – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
1) Gifts of Revelation – expresses God’s mind.
A) Word of Wisdom – To know what to do or what to say in any given situation.
B) Word of Knowledge – to receive the knowledge of God supernaturally.
C) Discerning of Spirits – God revealing supernaturally, what spirits are near you, oppressing or possessing anyone. You nay see them in the spirit world.
2) Gifts of Power – expresses God’s power.
A) Faith – faith faces problems and meets the needs.
1) Divine protection.
2) Supplying our needs.
3) Divine healing and health.
B) Working of Miracles – supernatural intervention into the natural realm by sovereign acts of God.
C) Gifts of Healing – supernatural healing of infirmities (diseases) without any natural means.
3) Gifts of Utterance – expresses God’s feelings.
A) Prophesy – speaking supernaturally in a known language, to edify, exhort, comfort and convict.
B) Divers kinds of Tongues – speaking supernaturally in an unknown language, not understood by speaker and sometimes not by hearer.
C) Interpretation of Tongues.
vs.11-13 – Paul telling them that it is the Holy Spirit that gives these gifts, to each member in the body of Christ. The fear of receiving the wrong spirit is still here today and is propagated by the lack of knowledge.
vs.20-25 – Each member of the body, the local visible assembly and entire family of God, has their function in the body. This is given by the Holy Spirit and the body can’t function properly without each member.
1 Corinthians 12 - 1 Cor.2:12 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given from God.” Acts 8:9-11 - Simon the magician was showing the people of Samaria a power, that the people thought was from God. Acts 16:16-18 - Paul cast out a spirit of divination from a woman. vs.1-6 - The Corinthians were confused by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As pagans, they had used satan’s counterfeit gifts of the spirit, and didn’t understand the difference. There are different gifts and operations of the those gifts. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31: 1) Word of Wisdom. 2) Word of Knowledge. 3) Faith. 4) Gifts of Healing. 5) Working of Miracles. 6) Prophesy. 7) Discerning of spirits. 8) Tongues. 9) Interpretation of Tongues. Ephesians 4:11-16: 1) Apostles. 2) Prophets. 3) Evangelists. 4) Pastors. 5) Teachers. Romans 12:6-8: 1) Prophesy. 2) Ministry - to serve the body (deacon). 3) Teaching - to instruct (not in 5 fold ministry). 4) Exhortation - to encourage, comfort. 5) Giving. 6) Ruling - administration. 7) Mercy - show mercy. Crain Blanchard. www.joseph1637.com
1 Corinthians 11 – God set up the world in divine order. Everything has a place in God’s plan. The head of the woman is man. The head of the man is Christ. The head of Christ is God. This is showing where the authority is and how we are submitted to the authority of God.
The Lord’s Supper – This is a serious thing that the Lord commands us to do. When partaking of the Lord’s Supper, we identify ourselves with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Anyone who takes this holy thing lightly or unworthily is condemning himself. For he blasphemes God and says that the sacrifice of Jesus is nothing. Paul says that many Christians are weak, sickly and dead because of that attitude. Judge yourselves and you will not be judge.
1 Corinthians 8 – In Corinth, when animals were sacrificed to
idols, the excess meat would be sold in the market place. We know that idols are nothing. If a weaker brother saw us eat meat offered to idols and caused him to stumble, we have sinned against him and God. Let not your liberty be an occasion for stumbling for your brother or sister. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies all.
1 Corinthians 9 - The Word speaks about supporting a Minster of the gospel. A minister of the Word make his living by the gospel. Paul rebukes and exhorts the Corinthians for not giving for his support. 1 Corinthians 10 - vs.1 “I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren.” The children of Israel were brought out of Egypt, baptized in the Red Sea and the Cloud by day and Fire by night (Holy Spirit) and drank from the spiritual rock, Jesus. Does this sound familiar? It says God was not well pleased with them. Many were overthrown in the wilderness. They did not endure to the end in the trials and tribulations. 1) Idolaters - putting pleasure before God. 2) Immorality - 23,000 died in one day. 3) Tempting God - destroyed by serpents. 4) Murmured - destroyed by the Destroyer. vs.12 “If any man thinks he stands let him take heed lest he falls.” vs.13 - While in the wilderness, they were not tempted beyond what they were able to bear, and with it God made a way of escape. Flee idolatry, because we are partakers of the body and blood of Christ. Crain Blanchard. www.joseph1637.com
This is the dividing point of the letter to the Corinthians. Now the remaining chapters are answers to questions by the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 7 - vs.1 - “concerning the things you wrote unto me.” It is good that a man and woman stay single. For the single person attends to the Lord without distractions. Married people have to attend to their spouse and children, as well as the Lord. Vs.2 “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”
If a believer has an unsaved mate, let them live together, for the unsaved mate is sanctified and the children are made holy before the Lord. Vs.13 “And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.”
Marriage is sacred to God. It was the first institution He established with Adam and Eve.
1 Corinthians 6 – vs.1 “How dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?”
Why would you take your brother before an unrighteous judge? We will judge the world and the angels. Is there not a wise or competent man among you? Where you take your brother before the law, you defraud him and have done more damage than he did. God tells us who will inherit the kingdom of God vs.9,10: “ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
If a brother is in that category, he will suffer the loss. Let God take vengeance. He will do the work much better than we could ever. All things are lawful for us, but they are not all profitable. You belong to the Lord, you have been bought with a price, so glorify God in your body. Paul talks about immorality again. We belong to God and not to defile ourselves.
1 Corinthians 4 – We are the servants of Christ and a servant is to be found trustworthy. The Lord is the only one that can judge that. Let not any man become arrogant against another. For all have received everything from God. Paul said to them “shall I come to you with a rod as to children or with love?”
1 Corinthians 5 – vs.1 “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles,” There was immorality in the Church at Corinth. A man laid with his father’s wife. The Word says don’t allow him in your presence, put him out of the church. With prayerful consideration and the leading of the Holy Spirit, turn one like that over to satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his soul (spirit) might be saved. God tells us not to eat or associate with brothers or sisters, who are immoral, covetous, idolaters, revilers, drunkards or swindlers. Immorality has been a recurring subject, even in the bible. God is very specific. He doesn’t tolerate it. It isn’t ok for couples to live together before marriage. It is sin to God and you will lose everything from God. Yet in today’s society, it is called normal. That is how far the world is from God.
1 Corinthians 3 – vs1: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.” You are babies in Christ and fleshly. All they can handle is the milk of the Word of God. In Corinth, their jealousy and strife proved they were babies and fleshly. In harvesting of souls, one man plants, another waters, but God gives the increase. Each man will receive a reward from God for his part, but God does the work. Jesus is the foundation and another builds upon it, whether you build with gold, silver, wood, hay or stubble. Each man’s work will be revealed by fire on the Lord’s day. You are the temple of God. If any man destroys the temple, God will destroy him. You can never repent of suicide. Look to no man, you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
1 Corinthians 2 – Paul told them that he came to them humbly and in love, demonstrating the power of God and the working of the Holy Spirit. So that they would be established upon the Word of God and not man. Paul wanted to establish their faith by the Word of God. 1 Cor.2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”(KJV). God gives us all knowledge and wisdom by the Spirit of God, for man’s wisdom is passing away. The natural man can’t receive the things of God but the spiritual man can. 1 Cor.2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”(KJV).