1 Corinthians 12
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
IN THIS CHPATER WE ARE INTRODUCED TO THE GIFTS OF THE Spirit. These gifts are a total of nine in number.
There are the power gifts which comprise of gift of faith, working of miracles, and gifts of healings.
Then you have the knowing gifts which comprise of word of wisdom, word of knowledge, and discernment of spirits.
Finally you have the utterance gifts of prophecy, divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.
These gifts are spiritual enablement manifest the supernatural.
These gifts are given as the Spirit wills.
But notice that there is no one’s name in the list of these gifts. It simply says to one is given, to another is given…..
So do not discount yourself.
When you read this chapter, put your name on it.
Anyone can manifest any, a group of, or all of these gifts.
Reach out, desire these gifts and earnestly covet them.
I see you function in these gifts!
God bless you richly with many blessings.
1 Corinthians 11
30 For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
THIS MUST HAVE ASTOUNDED Paul THE APOSTLE.
In writing to this Corinthians, he points out that they are in error when it comes to the way they participated in the Lord’s table.
He made it clear that their wrong attitude and behaviour in participating in the Lord’s table was causing them harm.
Infact he points out that this is the reason many (not few) of them were weak, sick and even sleep (die).
We then ask, what then is “this cause”?
The “this cause” is unveiled to us in the previous verse, that is verse 29. “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”
Notice that he says “he that eateth and drinketh unworthily”.
To eat the element of the Lord’s table unworthily means partaking of it in an improper and irreverent manner. Remember that when ever this Brethren gathered it was rambunctious and a fighting over food.
They fought over who got what during their love feast and then carried that attitude into the observance of the Lord’s table. As a result, they partook of the Lord’s table irreverently.
And because they are partaking of it irreverently, they are not discerning properly that it was more that crackers and wine. They were not discerning that what they are observing was a command from the Lord. They are not discerning that by observing the Lord’s table, they are shewing forth the Lord’s death until He comes.
As a result of this, they are not releasing and taking advantage of the Blessing and power of the Lord’s table.
Though weak, sick and dying, when they partake of the Lord’s table, they still remain weak, sick and die.
No, participating in the Lord’s table is supposed to reverse these things.
Always observe the Lord’s table with proper reverence, and you will unleash the power in it.
God bless you richly.
1 Corinthians 10
Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
MURMUERS HAVE NO FUTURE IN THE KINGDOM of God and generally in life.
The life of a murmurer is hard, bitter, and extremely difficult.
In our text today, we are instructed not to murmur as others did; and the consequence of their murmuring is that they were destroyed by the destroyer.
It shows that when people murmur, they open themselves up to the destroyer.
This is a very serious matter. God hates murmuring. And murmuring opens people up to the destroyer.
Murmuring is ingratitude gone to seed. It means there is nothing to be grateful for.
Instead of murmuring, choose gratitude. Choose to be a grateful person. Find the things that will cause you to be grateful.
Gratitude is an amazing force that can turn failure to success; it can turn defeat to victory.
God wants us to be grateful in life. He wants us to be thankful for the opportunities, and privileges that we have.
I noticed that God is very disappointed when we don’t give thanks, when we are not grateful.
When our Lord Jesus healed the ten lepers in the Book of Luke, only one came to give thanks.
When the Master saw only one person come to give thanks, Jesus answering said, “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”
Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
That signifies He was expecting all of them to come back and thank Him!
Make a decision to confront life as a grateful person.
Gratitude is a choice, make that decision today to always be grateful not only to God, but also to every one that crosses you path.
Gratitude will put you over, and bring restoration into your life.
God bless you richly!
1 Corinthians 9
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
PAUL IS MAKING AN ALLUSION TO THE FACT that when men strive for mastery in a thing they become temperate in all things.
In the same way, he argues, we should be temperate in all things.
Yes we may have many liberties; we may have many rights and privileges in Christ, but we must not always use them all because we have to reach the unsaved, and lift up the weaker Brethren among us.
This tells us the quality of this man and the things that were important to him.
Paul was so obsessed with reaching people for the Master that he became all things to all men.
He lived a very disciplined life.
It is important to know that without a life of discipline, a life of restraint, people will not achieve their goals.
Life doesn’t just happen!
Success doesn’t just happen!
Men discipline themselves in this world to obtain a corruptible crown; why shouldn’t we discipline ourselves in order to obtain an incorruptible crown?
The incorruptible crown Paul is talking about is not heaven. He is talking about the rewards due us when we get to heaven.
When we get to heaven we will be rewarded for the way we lived our lives for the Master here, and the way we carried out His instructions and the expansion of His kingdom.
You have to discipline yourself to give financially towards the gospel. You have to discipline yourself to pray for the advancement of the gospel. You have to discipline yourself to win souls and establish those souls in the kingdom. You have to discipline yourself to attend church and cell meetings regularly. You have to discipline yourself to read the Bible. You have to discipline yourself to fast. You have to discipline yourself to meditate on the word.
Our lives here are temporary. That is why Paul is saying we should be very temperate in all things here in order to obtain an incorruptible crown. Our eyes must be set on that incorruptible crown. We are really living for those rewards. And nothing should make us not to reach the goal of obtaining the crown.
The key to obtaining this crown is discipline, temperance.
God bless you richly!
1 Corinthians 8
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
LIBERTY IS A PRECIOUS GIFT THAT we have under the dispensation of grace. Unlike under the law, where there were restrictions of what to wear, eat, drink and go.
Under the law, the adherents could not visit the homes of Gentiles; they could not eat certain foods; they had to pray in a certain manner and wear certain clothing. They had to worship in certain places e.g. temples and synagogues.
Under grace all such have been done away with. Paul said that under grace, food does not commend us to God. Under grace we are at liberty to wear what we like. Under grace we are at liberty to pray anywhere and at all times. Under grace we are to worship anywhere (I even used a beer parlor for church services once).
We have so much liberty in the New Testament that the Old Testament saints will never agree that with such liberty we can be committed to God.
In our text today, Paul is simply telling us that yes we have liberty but we should not let our liberty become a stumbling block for others.
He is saying that you should be considerate of others in the way you discharge, exercise and utilize your liberty. For instance even though you are free to wear anything, there are still some things you can’t wear for the sake of others. You cannot wear necklaces with satanic symbols (even though such things are powerless to you). Brethren and others will think you are an occultist; why don’t you have the necklace remolded into something more neutral and acceptable.
Don’t let the way you use your liberty be the very reason, others stay away from Christ.
It is amazing how Paul maintains that we should inconvenience ourselves for the cause of Christ. He must have known for sure that we will be eventually rewarded for all we do for the cause of the Master. As a result no present inconvenience can compare to the overwhelming reward that will be due us.
Use your liberty to advance the gospel and not to hinder the faith of others.
God bless you richly!