I Corinthians, Part 33

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 1, 2017

  • I Corinthians 16:1-24
  • I Corinthians 16:1-2 – Paul directs the Christians to set aside and save as each prospers. This is specifically talking about some kind of pooled treasury because otherwise it would defeat Paul’s stated purpose at the end of verse 2:  “so that there be no collections when I come.”
    • Some argue that this collection was not to preach the gospel, which is true. These funds in this case were specifically earmarked for benevolence.  Other scriptures tell us the treasury can be used for other needs, but this is the only passage that tells us how to get the money into the treasury.
  • I Corinthians 16:8-9 – Paul had found great opportunities for teaching in Ephesus. See Acts 19.
  • I Corinthians 16:23-24 – This is the best that we can wish for Christians anywhere.

1 Corinthians, Part 32

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 25, 2017

  • I Corinthians 15:44-58
  • I Corinthians 15:51-52 – At the end of the world, the dead will be raised. See I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
  • I Corinthians 15:56 – See Romans 4:15.
  • I Corinthians 15:57 – This victory is resurrection to eternal life with God.
  • I Corinthians 15:58 – There will be a resurrection and we will go to either Heaven or Hell. Thus, we must be steadfast.  See John 5:28-29.

1 Corinthians, Part 31

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 18, 2017

  • I Corinthians 15:29-44
  • I Corinthians 15:29-32
    • Several baptisms are mentioned in the New Testament:
      • I Corinthians 10:1-3 – baptism of Moses and Israelites in the sea
      • Matthew 3:11 – baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire
      • Matthew 3:6 – baptism of John the Baptist
      • Ephesians 4:4-6 – baptism of the New Covenant. This is a command and not a promise
      • Luke 12:50; Mark 10:38-40 – baptism of suffering
    • Water baptism is not in this context. Suffering is.
    • “for the dead” – “for” here could be used in the sense of “to fill the ranks.”
  • I Corinthians 15:33-34 – This seems to be specifically directed to those who believed in the resurrection as a warning against close companionship with those who did not believe in the resurrection. Those who did not believe in the resurrection were living sinful lives as it says in I Corinthians 15:32: “Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.”
  • I Corinthians 15:35-44 – The resurrected body is an immortal body. We do not yet know what it will be like.

I Corinthians, Part 30

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 11, 2017

  • I Corinthians 15:12-29
  • I Corinthians 15:12-19 – Apparently, some among the Corinthians were claiming there was no resurrection. Paul was pointing out the fallacy of this belief.  It makes no sense to be a Christian if there is no resurrection.
  • I Corinthians 15:21-22 – Adam brought sin into the world. This is not saying we are guilty of Adam’s sin – just that Adam’s sin introduced physical death into the world.
  • I Corinthians 15:23 – Christ is the first fruits of the resurrection. All the others that have been saved by Him will follow at the bodily resurrection.
    • John 5:28-29
  • I Corinthians 15:24-28 – When the resurrection is complete, Jesus will hand over His authority back to the Father and God will go back to the state He was in before Creation.
  • I Corinthians 15:29 – Six baptisms discussed in the New Testament:
    • Holy Spirit
    • John the Baptist – Luke 3:#
    • In Jesus’ name
    • Of fire
    • Of suffering – Mark 10:38-39
    • Of the sea

 

I Corinthians, Part 29

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 4, 2016

  • I Corinthians 14:34-15:11
  • I Corinthians 14:34-35 – It is improper for a woman to speak out when the whole church has gathered to worship. The reason is that women are to be in subjection, which goes all the way back to Genesis.
  • I Corinthians 14:37-38 – Paul is reinforcing the regulations he has set forth. Men could not claim to have a revelation with different regulations.
  • I Corinthians 15:5 – “The twelve” here is evidently a figure of speech. Since Judas was dead, there were only eleven apostles at the time.

I Corinthians, Part 28

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 28, 2016

  • I Corinthians 14:23-35
  • I Corinthians 14:23 – So far, Paul has been talking about regulations regarding the use of spiritual gifts. Now he explains the reasoning behind some of these regulations.
  • I Corinthians 14:32 – Their spiritual gifts could be controlled.
  • I Corinthians 14:33 – This is one of the reasons for the regulations on spiritual gifts that Paul was describing. The gifts were not to be used to bring about confusion.
  • I Corinthians 14:34 – This is specifically directed at women who were married to men with spiritual gifts. They were not to interrupt while their husband was speaking or prophesying.  Women were to be in subjection, as was the rule all the way back to Genesis.
  • I Corinthians 14:35 – Here the rule for women is expanded to speaking in the assembly in general.

1 Corinthians, Part 27

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 21, 2016

  • I Corinthians 14:11-40
  • I Corinthians 14:11-19 – Paul is trying to put the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues in its proper context. The gift does no good if there is no one available to translate the message into a language understood by all who are present.
  • I Corinthians 14:20 – Be like children in forgiving and forgetting wrongs.

I Corinthians, Part 26

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 7, 2016

  • I Corinthians 13:8-14:11
  • I Corinthians 13:8-10 – Spiritual gifts were temporary. They would be done away with once the “perfect” or completed revelation had been revealed.
    • Isaiah 28:9-13 – Revelation would not come in a lump sum, but “here a little, there a little.”
    • John 16:12-13
  • I Corinthians 13:11-12 – Once we know more truth, we will be able to see ourselves more clearly in the way that God sees us. Paul was looking forward to the time that revelation would be complete.
  • I Corinthians 13:13 – Time is just a short stretch between two eternities. Love existed before time and will continue after time.
  • I Corinthians 14:1 – Pursue love!
  • I Corinthians 14:1-3 – It is implied here that the Corinthians believed that speaking in tongues was the most desirable spiritual gift. Speaking in a language that one had not studied or learned was no doubt a flashy and impressive gift, but prophecy was more beneficial in terms of edifying the whole church.

I Corinthians, Part 25

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 30, 2016

  • I Corinthians 12:28-13:7
  • I Corinthians 12:28 – “Helps” and “administrations” wouldn’t necessarily be miraculous gifts. “Administrations” is translated from a word meaning “guides” or “guidance.”  The meaning here could just be referring to work like what elders and deacons do.
  • I Corinthians 12:31 – Some spiritual gifts were evidently better than others, but love is better than the best of the gifts.
  • I Corinthians 13:4 – Love never brags and shows arrogance, like the Pharisee praying (Luke 18:10-14). Love exhibits the attitude shown in Matthew 23:8.
  • I Corinthians 13:5 – Love seeks the welfare of the other person.
  • I Corinthians 13:6 – Love does not rejoice in sin. Surely all have been guilty of this at some point.
  • I Corinthians 13:7 – Love will cause us to believe the best about someone until it is proven that we no longer can.

1 Corinthians, Part 24

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 23, 2016

  • I Corinthians 12:12-28
  • I Corinthians 12:15-26 – Paul compares the members of the spiritual body to the members of the physical body. Each member is subject to the head and must fulfill its role.  If not, the body will not be healthy.
  • I Corinthians 12:23 – See Matthew 25:8. From the newest member to the oldest member, if all are fulfilling their roles, they are all acceptable to God.