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

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

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

The Spirit Within

The Spirit Within

1 Corinthians 2:10 -11

…these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

God is within each of us.  We do not have to search the world for God, we only have to look no further than our hearts. That is where God dwells within each and every individual.

Paul confirms this in the verses above. Continue reading

One Simple Word

One Simple Word

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

Paul breaks it down to one simple word, love.

And he’s not talking about wanting to go over and boink the neighbor.

He’s talking about simply respecting another life.

King Solomon talked about the folly of pride and vanity.  Paul is taking that further.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  By neighbor Paul means every human life, everyone is your neighbor.

It’s a simple concept but don’t confuse simple with easy. Continue reading