Sentence Of Death From Birth

Sentence Of Death From Birth

2nd Corinthians 1:9

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

When I read this verse I knew I wanted to write about it.  It wasn’t clear on my thoughts or how to explain them. I knew this verse meant something to me.

I turned to reading the commentary written about this verse by John Gill. Continue reading

True Power

True Power

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

When I read this, I had to write myself a note.  I knew this verse was one I wanted to write about, as writing helps me understand. I have read different opinions about this verse, but as I start writing my thoughts, I’m still not sure I fully understand the implications of it. Continue reading

Apples to Oysters

Apples to Oysters

 

2 Corinthians 10:12

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

In this verse, Paul tells us that we are all individuals.  Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, to compare each other and make judgements about individuals as compared to others or the group, well that’s just vanity. It’s folly, like the old phrase apples to oranges. Continue reading

The Seed

The Seed

1 Corinthians 15:35-38

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.  But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

In these verses Paul is answering the question many nonbelievers and believers ask about the resurrection.  It is a very difficult concept for humans to wrap their heads around, especially when asked from a worldly point of view.  Even though I have faith and belief in Christ and the resurrection, I still have a hard time understanding what it is or what it will be. Continue reading

Your Liberty

Your Liberty

1 Corinthians 10:29

I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience?

Paul asks the question, why should another person dictate to me my sense of right and wrong?  God has endowed us with an innate sense of right and wrong.  This sense, is only changed by the world.  We become driven by the world, its desires and pitfalls. Continue reading

The Calling

The Calling

1 Corinthians 7:17

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

The Bible verses I cite are taken from the English Standard Version.  In the ESV, titles are given to different sections.  The section which verse 17 begins is titled; “Live As You Are Called”.

I really like that title, and I think that could be the mantra for every one of us.  It’s like a mission statement for each individual.  Paul is telling us that we are all unique individuals and each one of us has our own talents, quirks, ways of thinking and no one way is the only right way; except the way of love and righteousness. Continue reading

Do Not Be Deceived – Peer Pressure

Do Not Be Deceived – Peer Pressure

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

I have written about Paul as a team builder.  I guess you could say Paul spent his time going around putting together a team of believers.  In this verse Paul is addressing something we all experience throughout our life, peer pressure.

Peer pressure is tremendous when we are young and in school.  We develop our social circles and want to be accepted.  We want to be a part of something.  Maybe we conform to fit in with the “normal” kids, or maybe we rebel or gravitate to the “weird” and “strange”.

But no matter which way we go we end up accepting the moral standards of the crowd we choose. Continue reading

Sentence Of Death From Birth

Sentence Of Death From Birth

2nd Corinthians 1:9

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

When I read this verse I knew I wanted to write about it.  It wasn’t clear on my thoughts or how to explain them. I knew this verse meant something to me.

I turned to reading the commentary written about this verse by John Gill. Continue reading

Saint Paul’s Nomination

Saint Paul’s Nomination

1 Corinthians 12:14-20

Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.  Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

I have written about Saint Paul’s understanding of team work, synergy and the concept of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Here is another example of that understanding.

It show us how he understands the importance of team work. Continue reading

All Things Are Yours

All Things Are Yours

Corinthians 3:18-23

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

I thought this was a nice follow up to my previous post “Biblical Teamwork”.

Romans 12:3-9 was the first reference that I had found in the Bible to teamwork, it was Paul’s first reference to synergy. I’m sure when I do my next read through of the Bible I’ll be looking for earlier and more subtle references but for now it’s the first time it clicked for me. Continue reading