I Corinthians, Part 23

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 16, 2016

  • I Corinthians 12:1-13
  • I Corinthians 12:8
    • Wisdom: See I Corinthians 2:6-7.  Unless wisdom is received as a spiritual gift, the only way to get it is to pray for it and seek it out.
    • Knowledge: See Galatians 1:11-12.
  • I Corinthians 12:9
    • Faith: See Romans 10:17.  It’s possible this was not a saving faith but a faitht hat they could do what God endowed them to do.
    • Healing: All miracles were not to heal people.
  • I Corinthians 12:10
    • Distinguishing spirits: Some apparently had the ability to determine if spirits were of God or not.
  • I Corinthians 12:8-11 – Nine different gifts are listed here. It seems that at least one person in the church at Corinth had each of these gifts.
  • I Corinthians 12:12-27 – The body being discussed here is the church in the universal sense.

I Corinthians, Part 22

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 9, 2016

  • I Corinthians 11:23-12:11
  • I Corinthians 11:27-29 – One must master his mind and take the Supper in the right way in order to be acceptable to God.
  • I Corinthians 11:26
    • Taking the Lord’s Supper proclaims our faith in Jesus. If we confess Jesus only when we are baptized and not in the Lord’s Supper and our daily life, we have some changes to make!
    • See Matthew 26:29. Only those in the Lord’s Kingdom can take the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is taken every first day of the week.  Acts 20:7.
  • I Corinthians 11:33-34 – These verses are correcting the errors discussed in I Corinthians 11:21-22.

1 Corinthians, Part 21

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 26, 2016

  • I Corinthians 11:17-24
  • I Corinthians 11:21 – “Drunk” here may not necessarily mean intoxicated. It may simply be a contrast with “hungry.”
  • I Corinthians 11:23-26 – Compare Matthew 26:26-29.
  • Matthew 26:26 – We know the bread here must have been unleavened because that was the only kind of bread allowed in the house during the Passover.
  • I Corinthians 11:24 – The purpose of the prayer before taking the bread and fruit of the vine is to give thanks. Whatever else we may include in those prayers, we should remember to give thanks.

1 Corinthians, Part 20

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 12, 2016

  • I Corinthians 11:1-16, continued
  • I Corinthians 11:15 – How long is long? I Corinthians 11:10 indicates that a woman should have a symbol of subjection on her head.  This verse identifies her hair as this covering.  Thus, the hair must be long enough to act as a covering and clearly distinguish woman from man.

I Corinthians, Part 19

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 5, 2016

  • I Corinthians 11:1-16
  • I Corinthians 11:3 – Man is the head of woman. This was the order God put in place in Genesis 3:16.  Christ is the head of man and God is the head of Christ.
  • I Corinthians 11:14 – This is one of the few things that Paul proved first by the scriptures and then by appealing to nature.
  • I Corinthians 11:4-5 – Some argue that the rules for head coverings were in force only during the time of spiritual gifts because prophesying is mentioned. However, praying is also mentioned, which certainly still applies today.  Women’s roles are still the same as they were in Paul’s day, thus the rules are the same.
  • I Corinthians 11:15 – Some argue that this passage is talking about artificial head coverings. This verse dispels that idea by stating that women were given long hair for a covering.  The Greek word translated “covering” here specifically means an artificial covering.

1 Corinthians, Part 18

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 28, 2016

  • I Corinthians 10:17-33
  • I Corinthians 10:21 – “Cup” here is a figure of speech indicating service to either the Lord or demons. You cannot serve both the Lord and demons.  See Luke 22:29.  “Table” here is the equivalent of the “cup” in this verse.
  • I Corinthians 10:23 – Similar wording was used in I Corinthians 6:12. The word “all” here is necessarily limited.  Paul is not saying that absolutely everything was lawful for him.
  • I Corinthians 10:28 – Eating meat sacrificed to idols was not sinful. The idol was nothing so the meat was just meat.  If, however, someone else told them the meat had been sacrificed to idols, they were not to eat it for the sake of the conscience of the person who told them.  It may be that the other person had less understanding and would think ill of a Christian eating meat sacrificed to idols.
  • I Corinthians 10:31-33 – We must be careful to not cause others to violate their conscience. Our goal should be to help all men to be saved.  See I Corinthians 9:19-23.

1 Corinthians, Part 17

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 21, 2016

  • I Corinthians 10:5-17
  • I Corinthians 10:8 – See Numbers 25:9. There have been many explanations given for the apparent discrepancy here (23,000 vs. 24, 000).  It may simple be that the Jews counted in whole numbers (for example, Jesus is described as being in the grave three days when it was less than 72 hours).  The actual number of those who died was probably between 23,000 and 24,000.
  • I Corinthians 10:11 – These stories were recorded so that we can understand how God looks at sin and just how serious of a matter it is.
  • I Corinthians 10:13 – Jesus showed us the way out of temptation: going back to what is written and praying.
  • I Corinthians 10:16 – The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Jesus’ death. The bread and the cup do not represent His body and blood – they are a memorial.

1 Corinthians, Part 16

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 14, 2016

  • 1 Corinthians 9:15-10:4
  • I Corinthians 9:19 – Paul became a servant to all for the good of the gospel. He served so that he could save as many people as possible.
  • I Corinthians 9:20 – Paul adopted the customs of those he was teaching (as long as they were not sinful) so that he could find common ground and teach them more effectively.
  • I Corinthians 9:25 – The Christian must exercise self-control in all things, whether they be sinful or not. Many things are not sinful but must be done in moderation.  The Christian must have self-control in these things as well.
  • I Corinthians 9:26-27 – There is no time to take a vacation from serving God or to retire from serving God.
  • I Corinthians 10:2 – The Israelites were surrounded on all sides by the cloud and sea. Thus, they were immersed (baptized) in it.

1 Corinthians, Part 15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 7, 2016

  • I Corinthians 9:1-15
  • I Corinthians 9:1-15 – Paul makes the case for preachers of the gospel to be supported for their preaching.
    • I Corinthians 9:1 – See I Corinthians 3:13. The Christians in Corinth were Paul’s work.
    • I Corinthians 9:2 – The Corinthians were the seal of Paul’s apostleship.
    • I Corinthians 9:11 – Those who preach the gospel should be able to make their living that way. In Old Testament times, priests were very well taken care of when they and the rest of the people were obeying God’s law.
    • I Corinthians 9:12 – Apparently some were alleging that Paul was just preaching for the money. To head off any such allegations, Paul refused compensation for preaching and instead made tents for a living.

1 Corinthians, Part 14

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 31, 2016

  • 1 Corinthians 7:39-8:13
  • I Corinthians 7:39 – People have different views on what “only in the Lord” means.
    • Some argue that this phrase means “only a Christian.” This interpretation does not seem to match up with Paul’s previous guidance about being married to an unbelieving husband.
    • See Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:18 for other places where this phrase is used. Here the phrase could simply mean, “according to God’s will.”  In those verses, the obedience is in the Lord.  In this passage, the marriage is in the Lord.
  • 1 Corinthians 8:1 – If “all” here means the majority of the audience that knew meat offered to idols not sinful to eat, I Corinthians 8:7 is indicating that not everyone had that knowledge. Therefore, they should be careful not to offend others who lack that knowledge.  We must be careful to not cause others to violate their conscience by doing something they think is wrong even if it is not a sin.