Holes and Spaces

Holes and Spaces

1 Corinthians 14:6-8

Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?  If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?  And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?

When reading these verses I couldn’t help but think of the correlation between what Paul has written and music.

In verse 6 Paul is telling the followers of Christ that he will not and should not speak words to simply hear himself speak.  For what use are words if they do not communicate?  What use are they if they have no meaning or knowledge to share?  They’re just noise.

Paul likens this to music.  He uses the sounds of instruments to demonstrate his point. Continue reading

A House Divided

A House Divided

Romans 16:17-18

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

I read these verses and I immediately thought of one thing, politics.

Paul is talking about those who wish to take control of the new Church of Christ, but really he is talking about any of those who wish to take power and control of others.  I guess this was Paul dealing with politics within the early Church. Continue reading