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I Corinthians

Salutation and greeting   The coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ   The day of The Lord   Advice to a church divided on purpose and opinion   Paul was sent to preach and not to baptize   To some, the preaching of the Cross, is foolishness   To preach Christ crucified   The foolishness and weakness of God   The foolish things of the world   Man is to glory in God   Jesus Christ and Him crucified   Enticing words of man's wisdom   The hidden wisdom of God   Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard   The Spirit of God   Something the natural man can't do   Who has known the mind of God   Babes in Christ   Fed with milk and not meat   Of a carnal mind   It's all about God   Every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour   We are labourers together with God   Jesus Christ is the Foundation and there can be no other   Every person's work will be made known, openly   Our bodies are a temple of God   Self deception   Wisdom of this world is foolishness with God   All things are our's   Requirement for a preacher   Judge nothing   The hidden things of darkness will be made known   Paul warns of things one can expect from the world, working for Christ   Paul asked, should he come with a rod, or in love   Incest in the church at Corinth   The Day Of The Lord Jesus   Jesus became our Passover   Paul refers to a prior letter   Remove the wicked from the church   How to handle legal matters within the church   The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God   Be not deceived   Members of Christ   Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit   Bought with a price   To the married and the unmarried   It's better to marry than be inflamed with lust   Having an unbelieving spouse   Trying to please one's spouse can be a distraction from serving God   Knowledge can be a dangerous thing   Love and knowledge   Sometimes we think we know   If a person loves God, it shows   There are many gods, (little g), but only one God, (Big G)   With knowledge comes responsibility   Paul describes his own apostleship   Why Paul chose not to charge for his work for God   Free from all men and a servant to all   To save some   Boxing in the Bible   Self control   Warnings from the past   A Rock that followed them   Examples of what not to do   Examples for us in the end time generation   There's no temptation, that isn't common to all   Communion   The cup of the Lord and the cup of devils   The Lords table and the table of devils   Paul warns us not to be offensive to others   Not the profit of one, but for many   Paul gives the chain of command, from woman to God   The covering and the uncovering of the head   Women teachers and preachers  Because of the angels   A woman's hair is her glory   Divisions in the church   Eating in the church. Some had turned communion into an eating party   Paul reminds the Corinthians what communion is about   If one is hungry, eat at home   Spiritual gifts   No one can say that Jesus is Lord, unless it's by the Holy Spirit   The body with it's many members   We are members of the body of Christ. Each with a different work to do   The many virtues of Love   All else shall fail, but Love never will   When I was a child   When I became a man   Looking through a darkened glass   Faith, hope, and charity   Follow Love   When peoples of different languages are together   Preachers and teachers are to use words easily understood   Paul could speak several languages   Five words understood verses 10,000 in an unknown language   Bible Study According To The Bible   The need for an interpreter   God is not the author of confusion   God is the author of peace   Let all things be done decently and in order   The resurrection of Jesus described   After His resurrection, Jesus was seen by over 500 people on one occasion alone   Why did Paul describes himself as the least of the apostles   If there be no resurrection   How to be miserable   The last enemy   If there is no resurrection, then why should one be baptized   If there is no resurrection, then eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die   Evil communications corrupt good manners   Some have not the knowledge of God   How are the dead raised up?   Different kinds of bodies   Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God   Paul describes the end and the coming of Christ   Victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ   Were to be steadfast and unmovable in our work for the Lord   Finances in the church   Paul reveals his personal plans for his visit to the Corinthians   Paul gives credit to several others   Stand fast in the faith and be strong

Salutation and greeting

1 Cor 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes[1] our brother,

1 "SOSTHENES": 4988. Sosthenes, soce-then'-ace; from the base of G4982 and that of G4599; of safe strength; Sosthenes, a Chr.:--Sosthenes.

4982. sozo, sode'-zo; from a prim. sos (contr. for obsol. saos, "safe"); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (lit. or fig.):--heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

4599. sthenoo, sthen-o'-o; from sthenos, (bodily vigor; prob. akin to the base of G2476); to strengthen, i.e. (fig.) confirm (in spiritual knowledge and power):--strengthen.

1 Cor 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

1 Cor 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

1 Cor 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched[1] by him, in all utterance[2], and in all knowledge;

1 "ENRICHED": 4148. ploutizo, ploo-tid'-zo; from G4149; to make wealthy (fig.):--en- (make) rich.

2 "UTTERANCE": 3056. logos, log'-os; from G3004; something said (including the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extens. a computation; spec. (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ):--account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.

1 Cor 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

The coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The day of The Lord

1 Cor 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

1 Cor 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The coming of Jesus and the day of our Lord Jesus Christ is the same event.

1 Cor 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isa 49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Advice to a church divided on purpose and opinion

1 Cor 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions[1] among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment[2].

1 "DIVISIONS": 4978. schisma, skhis'-mah; from G4977; a split or gap ("schism"), lit. or fig.:--division, rent, schism.

2 "JUDGMENT": 1106. gnome, gno'-may; from G1097; cognition, i.e. (subj.) opinion, or (obj.) resolve (counsel, consent, etc.):--advice, + agree, judgment, mind, purpose, will.

1 Cor 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions[1] among you.

1 "CONTENTIONS": 2054. eris, er'-is; of uncert. affin.; a quarrel, i.e. (by impl.) wrangling:--contention, debate, strife, variance.

1 Cor 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

What's new? Sounds kinda like today.

1 Cor 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

1 Cor 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

1 Cor 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

1 Cor 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

Paul was sent to preach and not to baptize

1 Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

2 Cor 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

To some, the preaching of the Cross, is foolishness

1 Cor 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Cor 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Isa 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

1 Cor 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world[1]? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Isa 33:18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?

1 Cor 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

To preach Christ crucified

1 Cor 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

1 Cor 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

1 Cor 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

The foolishness and weakness of God

1 Cor 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1 Cor 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

The foolish things of the world

1 Cor 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound[1] the things which are mighty;

1 "CONFOUND": 2617. kataischuno, kat-ahee-skhoo'-no; from G2596 and G153; to shame down, i.e. disgrace or (by impl.) put to the blush:--confound, dishonour, (be a-, make a-) shame (-d).

1 Cor 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

1 Cor 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

1 Cor 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Man is to glory in God

1 Cor 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth[1], let him glory in the Lord.

1 "GLORIETH": 2744. kauchaomai, kow-khah'-om-ahee; from some (obsol.) base akin to that of aucheo (to boast) and G2172; to vaunt (in a good or a bad sense):--(make) boast, glory, joy, rejoice.

Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Jesus Christ and Him crucified

1 Cor 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency[1] of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

1 "EXCELLENCY": 5247. huperoche, hoop-er-okh-ay'; from G5242; prominence, i.e. (fig.) superiority (in rank or character):--authority, excellency.

1 Cor 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Enticing words of man's wisdom

1 Cor 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Cor 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Cor 2:5 That your faith should not stand[1] in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 "STAND": 1510. eimi, i-mee'; first, pers. sing. pres. indic.; a prol. form of a prim. and defective verb; I exist (used only when emphatic):--am, have been, X it is I, was. See also G1488, G1498, G1511, G1527, G2258, G2071, G2070, G2075, G2076, G2771, G2468, G5600.

1 Cor 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world[1], nor of the princes[2] of this world[3], that come to nought:

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

2 "PRINCES": 758. archon, ar'-khone; pres. part. of G757; a first (in rank or power):--chief (ruler), magistrate, prince, ruler.

3 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

The hidden wisdom of God

1 Cor 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world[1] unto our glory:

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

1 Cor 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world[1] knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard

1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Isa 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Psa 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

The Spirit of God

1 Cor 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

1 Cor 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Prov 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

1 Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world[1], but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 "WORLD": 2889. kosmos, kos'-mos; prob. from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by impl. the world (in a wide or narrow sense, includ. its inhab., lit. or fig. [mor.]):--adorning, world.

1 Cor 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Something the natural man can't do

1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Cor 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Who has known the mind of God

1 Cor 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

Babes in Christ
Fed with milk and not meat
Of a carnal mind

1 Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

1 Cor 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

1 Cor 3:3 For ye are yet carnal[1]: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1 "CARNAL": 4559. sarkikos, sar-kee-kos'; from G4561; pertaining to flesh, i.e. (by extens.) bodily, temporal, or (by impl.) animal, unregenerate:--carnal, fleshly.

1 Cor 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

It's all about God

1 Cor 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

1 Cor 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase[1].

1 "INCREASE": 837. auxano, owx-an'-o; a prolonged form of a prim. verb; to grow ("wax"), i.e. enlarge (lit. or fig., act. or pass.):--grow (up), (give the) increase.

1 Cor 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Every man shall receive his own
reward according to his own labour

1 Cor 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

Psa 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

We are labourers together with God

1 Cor 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

1 Cor 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

Jesus Christ is the foundation and there can be no other

1 Cor 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Every person's work will be made known, openly

1 Cor 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest[1]: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

1 "MANIFEST": 5318. phaneros, fan-er-os'; from G5316; shining, i.e. apparent (lit. or fig.); neut. (as adv.) publicly, externally:--abroad, + appear, known, manifest, open [+ -ly], outward ([+ -ly]).

1 Cor 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1 Cor 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Our bodies are a temple of God

1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 Cor 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Self deception

1 Cor 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world[1], let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Wisdom of this world is foolishness with God

1 Cor 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Job 5:13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

Job 5:14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

1 Cor 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Psa 94:11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

All things are our's

1 Cor 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1 Cor 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

1 Cor 3:23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

Requirement for a preacher

1 Cor 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards[1] of the mysteries of God.

1 "STEWARDS": 3623. oikonomos, oy-kon-om'-os; from G3624 and the base of G3551; a house-distributor (i.e. manager), or overseer, i.e. an employee in that capacity; by extens. a fiscal agent (treasurer); fig. a preacher (of the Gospel):--chamberlain, governor, steward.

1 Cor 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful[1].

1 "FAITHFUL": 4103. pistos, pis-tos'; from G3982; obj. trustworthy; subj. trustful;--believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true.

3982. peitho, pi'-tho; a prim. verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by anal. to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflex. or pass. to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty):--agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.

1 Cor 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

1 Cor 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

Judge nothing
The hidden things of darkness will be made known

1 Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

1 Cor 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure[1] transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed[2] up for one against another.

1 "FIGURE": 3345. metaschematizo, met-askh-ay-mat-id'-zo; from G3326 and a der. of G4976; to transfigure or disguise; fig. to apply (by accommodation):--transfer, transform (self); to change.

2 "PUFFED": 5448. phusioo, foo-see-o'-o; from G5449 in the prim. sense of blowing; to inflate, i.e. (fig.) make proud (haughty):--puff up.

1 Cor 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

1 Cor 4:8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

Paul warns of things one can expect
from the world, working for Christ

1 Cor 4:9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle[1] unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

1 "SPECTACLE": 2302. theatron, theh'-at-ron; from G2300; a place for public show ("theatre"), i.e. general audience-room; by impl. a show itself (fig.):--spectacle, theatre.

1 Cor 4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

1 Cor 4:11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted[1], and have no certain dwellingplace;

1 "BUFFETED": 2852. kolaphizo, kol-af-id'-zo; from a der. of the base of G2849; to rap with the fist:--buffet.

1 Cor 4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled[1], we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

1 "REVILED": 3058. loidoreo, loy-dor-eh'-o; from G3060; to reproach, i.e. vilify:--revile.

3060. loidoros, loy'-dor-os; from loidos (mischief); abusive, i.e. a blackguard:--railer, reviler. (abused).

1 Cor 4:13 Being defamed[1], we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

1 "DEFAMED": 987. blasphemeo, blas-fay-meh'-o; from G989; to vilify; spec. to speak impiously:--(speak) blaspheme (-er, -mously, -my), defame, rail on, revile, speak evil.

1 Cor 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

1 Cor 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

1 Cor 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Cor 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

Acts 19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.

Paul asked, should he come with a rod, or in love?

1 Cor 4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

1 Cor 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

1 Cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Cor 4:21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness[1]?

1 "MEEKNESS": 4236. praiotes, prah-ot'-ace; from G4235; gentleness; by impl. humility:--meekness.

Incest in the church at Corinth

1 Cor 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication[1] as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

1 "FORNICATION": 4202. porneia, por-ni'-ah; from G4203; harlotry (includ. adultery and incest); fig. idolatry:--fornication.

Lev 18:8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

Lev 20:11 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

1 Cor 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

1 Cor 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

1 Cor 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Day Of The Lord Jesus

1 Cor 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Drastic measures? Maybe not. This was a case of extremes. Other members must have thought it was ok. Left un-checked, this could have destroyed the church. Read verse 9 where it's clear that Paul has written to the Corinthians before on such a matter. Unlike the church at Thessalonica, this church was in bad shape.

1 Th 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

1 Th 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

1 Th 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

1 Cor 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions[1] among you.

1 "CONTENTIONS": 2054. eris, er'-is; of uncert. affin.; a quarrel, i.e. (by impl.) wrangling:--contention, debate, strife, variance.

Jesus talking:
Mat 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

1 Cor 5:6 Your glorying[1] is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1 "GLORYING": 2745. kauchema, kow'-khay-mah; from G2744; a boast (prop. the object; by impl. the act) in a good or a bad sense:--boasting, (whereof) to glory (of), glorying, rejoice (-ing).

Jesus became our Passover

1 Cor 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover[1] is sacrificed for us:

1 "PASSOVER": 3957. pascha, pas'-khah; of Chald. or. [comp. H6453]; the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it):--Easter, Passover.

Jesus became our Passover.

Mat 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

1 Cor 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Paul refers to a prior letter

1 Cor 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company[1] with fornicators[2]:

1 "COMPANY": 4874. sunanamignumi, soon-an-am-ig'-noo-mee; from G4862 and a comp. of G303 and G3396; to mix up together, i.e. (fig.) associate with:--(have, keep) company (with).

2 "FORNICATORS": 4205. pornos, por'-nos; from pernemi (to sell; akin to the base of G4097); a (male) prostitute (as venal), i.e. (by anal.) a debauchee (libertine):--fornicator, whoremonger.

 Evidence that Paul has written to the Corinthians before.

1 Cor 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

We have to live in the world. Just don't get caught up in the ways of it.

1 Cor 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother[1] be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

1 "BROTHER": 80. adelphos, ad-el-fos'; from G1 (as a connective particle) and delphus (the womb); a brother (lit. or fig.) near or remote [much like H1]:--brother.

If this person is a member of the church.

1 Cor 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

Remove the wicked from the church

1 Cor 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

2 Pet 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

How to handle legal matters within the church

1 Cor 6:1 Dare[1] any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

1 "DARE": 5111. tolmao, tol-mah'-o; from tolma (boldness; prob. itself from the base of G5056 through the idea of extreme conduct); to venture (obj. or in act; while G2292 is rather subj. or in feeling); by impl. to be courageous:--be bold, boldly, dare, durst.

1 Cor 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

1 Cor 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

1 Cor 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed[1] in the church.

1 "ESTEEMED": 1848. exoutheneo, ex-oo-then-eh'-o; a var. of G1847 and mean. the same:--contemptible, despise, least esteemed, set at nought.

1 Cor 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

1 Cor 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

1 Cor 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

1 Cor 6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God
Be not deceived

1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind[1],

1 "MANKIND": 733. arsenokoites, ar-sen-ok-oy'-tace; from G730 and G2845; a sodomite:--abuser of (that defile) self with mankind.

2845. koite, koy'-tay; from G2749; a couch; by extens. cohabitation; by impl. the male sperm:--bed, chambering, X conceive.

1 Cor 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Cor 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Paul doesn't let anyone forget, that in all probability, they were once part of that worldly system. Be sure and check out the word mankind in 6:9.

1 Cor 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

1 Cor 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

1 Cor 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

Members of Christ

1 Cor 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

1 Cor 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

1 Cor 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

Jesus talking:
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

1 Cor 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit

1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Bought with a price

1 Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Ezek 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

To the married and the unmarried

1 Cor 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch[1] a woman.

No doubt these people had written to Paul.

1 "TOUCH": 680. haptomai, hap'-tom-ahee; reflex. of G681; prop. to attach oneself to, i.e. to touch (in many implied relations):--touch.

681. hapto, hap'-to; a prim. verb; prop. to fasten to, i.e. (spec.) to set on fire:--kindle, light.

Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch[1] it, lest ye die.

1 "TOUCH": 5060. naga', naw-gah'; a prim. root; prop. to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphem., to lie with a woman); by impl. to reach (fig. to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.):--beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.

1 Cor 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

1 Cor 7:3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

1 Cor 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

1 Cor 7:5 Defraud[1] ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency[2].

1 "DEFRAUD": 650. apostereo, ap-os-ter-eh'-o; from G575 and stereo (to deprive); to despoil:--defraud, destitute, kept back by fraud.

2 "INCONTINENCY": 192. akrasia, ak-ras-ee'-a; from G193; want of self-restraint:--excess, incontinency.

1 Cor 7:6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

1 Cor 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

1 Cor 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

It's better to marry that be inflamed with lust

1 Cor 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn[1].

1 "BURN": 4448. puroo, poo-ro'-o; from G4442; to kindle, i.e. (pass.) to be ignited, glow (lit.), be refined (by impl.), or (fig.) to be inflamed (with anger, grief, lust):--burn, fiery, be on fire, try.

1 Cor 7:10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:

1 Cor 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

1 Cor 7:12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.

Having an unbelieving spouse

1 Cor 7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

1 Cor 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

1 Cor 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

1 Cor 7:16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

1 Cor 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

1 Cor 7:18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.

1 Cor 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Eccl 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

1 Cor 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

1 Cor 7:21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

1 Cor 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.

1 Cor 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

Lev 25:42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.

1 Cor 7:24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

1 Cor 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

1 Cor 7:26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.

1 Cor 7:27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.

1 Cor 7:28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.

1 Cor 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

1 Cor 7:30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;

1 Cor 7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion[1] of this world passeth away.

1 "FASHION": 4976. schema, skhay'-mah; from the alt. of G2192; a figure (as a mode or circumstance), i.e. (by impl.) external condition:--fashion.

Trying to please one's spouse can
be a distraction from serving God

1 Cor 7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

1 Cor 7:33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

1 Cor 7:34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

1 Cor 7:35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

1 Cor 7:36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.

1 Cor 7:37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.

1 Cor 7:38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

1 Cor 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

1 Cor 7:40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

Knowledge can be a dangerous thing
Love and knowledge

1 Cor 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge[1] puffeth[2] up, but charity[3] edifieth.

1 "KNOWLEDGE": 1108. gnosis, gno'-sis; from G1097; knowing (the act), i.e. (by impl.) knowledge:--knowledge, science.

2 "PUFFETH": 5448. phusioo, foo-see-o'-o; from G5449 in the prim. sense of blowing; to inflate, i.e. (fig.) make proud (haughty):--puff up.

3 "CHARITY": 26. agape, ag-ah'-pay; from G25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; spec. (plur.) a love-feast:--(feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

Sometimes we think we know

1 Cor 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

If a person loves God, it shows

1 Cor 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

There are many gods, (little g), but only one God, (Big G)

1 Cor 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

1 Cor 8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

1 Cor 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

With knowledge comes responsibility

1 Cor 8:7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

1 Cor 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

1 Cor 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty[1] of yours become a stumblingblock[2] to them that are weak.

1 "LIBERTY": 1849. exousia, ex-oo-see'-ah; from G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (obj.) mastery (concr. magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:--authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

2 "STUMBLINGBLOCK": 4348. proskomma, pros'-kom-mah; from G4350; a stub, i.e. (fig.) occasion of apostasy:--offence, stumbling (-block,[-stone]).

1 Cor 8:10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

1 Cor 8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

1 Cor 8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

1 Cor 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world[1] standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Paul describes his own apostleship

1 Cor 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

1 Cor 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

1 Cor 9:3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,

1 Cor 9:4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?

1 Cor 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

1 Cor 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

1 Cor 9:7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

Deu 20:6 And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it.

1 Cor 9:8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?

1 Cor 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

Deu 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

Luke 10:7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

1 Cor 9:10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

1 Cor 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

1 Cor 9:12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

1 Cor 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

1 Cor 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

1 Cor 9:15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.

1 Cor 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

1 Cor 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

Why Paul chose not to charge for his work for God

1 Cor 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse[1] not my power[2] in the gospel.

1 "ABUSE": 2710. katachraomai, kat-akh-rah'-om-ahee; from G2596 and G5530; to overuse, i.e. misuse:--abuse.

2 "POWER": G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (obj.) mastery (concr. magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:--authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

Free from all men and a servant to all

1 Cor 9:19 For though I be free[1] from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

1 "FREE": 1658. eleutheros, el-yoo'-ther-os; prob. from the alt. of G2064; unrestrained (to go at pleasure), i.e. (as a citizen) not a slave (whether freeborn or manumitted), or (gen.) exempt (from obligation or liability):--free (man, woman), at liberty.

1 Cor 9:20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

1 Cor 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

To save some

1 Cor 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

1 Cor 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

1 Cor 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

1 Cor 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate[1] in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

1 "TEMPERATE": 1467. egkrateuomai, eng-krat-yoo'-om-ahee; mid. from G1468; to exercise self-restraint (in diet and chastity):--can([-not]) contain, be temperate.

Self control.

Boxing in the Bible

1 Cor 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight[1] I, not as one that beateth the air:

1 "FIGHT": 4438. pukteo, pook-teh'-o; from a der. of the same as G4435; to box (with the fist), i.e. contend (as a boxer) at the games (fig.):--fight.

4435. pugme, poog-may'; from a prim. pux (the fist as a weapon); the clenched hand, i.e. (only in dat. as adv.) with the fist (hard scrubbing):--oft.

Boxing? In the Bible? Yeah. In today's world, beateth the air is called, (shadow boxing).

Self control

1 Cor 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection[1]: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 "SUBJECTION": 1396. doulagogeo, doo-lag-ogue-eh'-o; from a presumed comp. of G1401 and G71; to be a slave-driver, i.e. to enslave (fig. subdue):--bring into subjection.

Again, self control.

Warnings from the past

1 Cor 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

Exo 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

1 Cor 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

1 Cor 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

A Rock that followed them

1 Cor 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed[1] them: and that Rock was Christ[2].

1 "FOLLOWED": 190. akoloutheo, ak-ol-oo-theh'-o; from G1 (as a particle of union) and keleu-thos (a road); prop. to be in the same way with, i.e. to accompany (spec. as a disciple):--follow, reach.

2 "CHRIST": 5547. Christos, khris-tos'; from G5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus:--Christ.

Exo 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Psa 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Gen 35:14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.

Gen 35:15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

1 Cor 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Examples of what not to do

1 Cor 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

1 Cor 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Exo 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

1 Cor 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

1 Cor 10:8: Num 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.

Num 25:2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Num 25:3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

Num 25:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

Num 25:5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.

Num 25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Num 25:7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;

Num 25:8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

Num 25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.

1 Cor 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

1 Cor 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Examples for us in the end time generation

1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples[1]: and they are written for our admonition[2], upon whom the ends of the world[3] are come.

1 "ENSAMPLES": 5179. tupos, too'-pos; from G5180; a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. a statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler ("type"), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning):--en- (ex-) ample, fashion, figure, form, manner, pattern, print.

2 "ADMONITION": 3559. nouthesia, noo-thes-ee'-ah; from G3563 and a der. of G5087; calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning:--admonition.

3 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

God demonstrates everything. Not just an illustration but a real life example. The death and resurrection of Jesus was a real life demonstration that there is life after the flesh, and that we are immediately in that life upon leaving the flesh. God has certainly made it easy for the end time generation, (plenty of examples). All should read about Moses and Aaron in Exodus 3:1 thru Exodus 12:38.

The big difference between the end of days, and back then. Let's take in the days of Jeremiah, he was warning Judah that the they were going into captivity. The king of Babylon was coming. False prophets of that day were stating, it's not going to happen. Now, the prophets, (preachers, & teachers), are saying, terrible things are going to happen alright. All hell's going to break loose, but don't worry, we that are holier than thou, are going to be gone, taken out of here, just in the nick of time, in the rapture. A dangerous belief, for those that are here, as the end of time approaches.

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

1 Cor 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

There's no temptation, that isn't common to all

1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1 Cor 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry[1].

1 "IDOLATRY": 1495. eidololatreia, i-do-lol-at ri'-ah; from G1497 and G2999; image-worship (lit. or fig.):--idolatry.

1497. eidolon, i'-do-lon; from G1491; an image (i.e. for worship); by impl. a heathen god, or (plur.) the worship of such:--idol.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

1 Cor 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

Communion

1 Cor 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

1 Cor 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Mat 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Mat 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

1 Cor 10:18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

1 Cor 10:19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

1 Cor 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

The cup of the Lord and the cup of devils
The Lord's table and the table of devils

1 Cor 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

Josh 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

1 Cor 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

1 Cor 10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.

1 Cor 10:25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles[1], that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

1 "SHAMBLES": 3111. makellon, mak'-el-lon; of Lat. or. [macellum]; a butcher's stall, meat market or provision-shop:--shambles.

1 Cor 10:26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.

Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

1 Cor 10:27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.

1 Cor 10:28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that showed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:

1 Cor 10:29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?

1 Cor 10:30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?

1 Cor 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Paul warns us not to be offensive to others

1 Cor 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

Not the profit of one, but for many

1 Cor 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Paul gives the chain of command, from woman to God

1 Cor 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

1 Th 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

1 Cor 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

1 Cor 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

The chain of command.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

The covering and the uncovering of the head
Women teachers and preachers?

1 Cor 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

1 Cor 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth[1] with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

1 "PROPHESIETH": 4395. propheteuo, prof-ate-yoo'-o; from G4396; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office:--prophesy.

A woman teacher or preacher? What would some of the churches of today think?

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Joel 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

1 Cor 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.?????????

1 Cor 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

1 Cor 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory[1] of the man.

1 "GLORY": 1391. doxa, dox'-ah; from the base of G1380; glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (lit. or fig., obj. or subj.):--dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship.

Through the woman a man recieves his dignity, glory, honor, and praise. Not that she is suppose to be subjected to him.

1 Cor 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.

Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

1 Cor 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

Because of the angels

1 Cor 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power[1] on her head because of the angels.

1 "POWER": 1849. exousia, ex-oo-see'-ah; from G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (obj.) mastery (concr. magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:--authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

Where does all power, strength, knowledge, and wisdom come from? God. Our power comes from God through Jesus Christ. Note the Greek meaning of the word power. And why should a woman have power, (Jesus), over her head? Your brain is in your head, and I believe God is saying USE IT. See Gen 6:1 thru 4 for a complete understanding of why.

Gen 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

1 Cor 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without[1] the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

1 "WITHOUT": 5565. choris, kho-rece'; adv. from G5561; at a space, i.e. separately or apart from (often as prep.):--beside, by itself, without.

Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

1 Cor 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

1 Cor 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

A woman's hair is her glory

1 Cor 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

1 Cor 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering[1].

1 "COVERING": 4018. peribolaion, per-ib-ol'-ah-yon; neut. of a presumed der. of G4016; something thrown around one, i.e. a mantle, veil:--covering, vesture.

1 Cor 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious[1], we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

1 "CONTENTIOUS": 5380. philoneikos, fil-on'-i-kos; from G5384 and neikos (a quarrel; prob. akin to G3534); fond of strife, i.e. disputatious:--contentious.

Divisions in the church

1 Cor 11:17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

1 Cor 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

1 Cor 11:19 For there must be also heresies[1] among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

1 "HERESIES": 139. hairesis, hah'ee-res-is; from G138; prop. a choice, i.e. (spec.) a party or (abstr.) disunion:--heresy [which is the Gr. word itself], sect.

Eating in the church. Some had
turned communion into an eating party
Paul reminds the Corinthians what communion is about

1 Cor 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one[1] place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

1 "ONE": 3588. ho, ho; includ. the fem., he, hay; and the neut., to, to, in all their inflections; the def. article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted in English idiom):--the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.

1 Cor 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1 Cor 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

Church is not a place for the have and have nots. All are to be treated the same. All are there to learn and not to eat.

1 Cor 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

1 Cor 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Cor 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

1 Cor 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come.

The reason for doing this.

1 Cor 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily[1], shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1 "UNWORTHILY": 371. anaxios, an-ax-ee'-oce; adv. from G370; irreverently:--unworthily. .... (My words). To have absolutely no respect for Holy Communion and what Jesus did for us.

Don't just take one or two verses here and make a religion of it. Who is worthy? None. Christ alone is worthy.

Rev 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Rev 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

Rev 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

1 Cor 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

1 Cor 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

These people were making an eating and drinking party of Holy Communion. If you believe that Jesus is the only one worthy, then I think you're worthy to partake of Holy Communion. Of course lots of today's churches would disagree with me. If we were to wait till we were worthy, we never would be able to partake of Holy Communion. In verses 24 and 25 above, did Jesus ask His disciples if they were worthy?

Read Numbers 9:10 thru 9:14 for some instructions regarding Passover.

1 Cor 11:28 But let a man examine[1] himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1 "EXAMINE": 1381. dokimazo, dok-im-ad'-zo; from G1384; to test (lit. or fig.); by impl. to approve:--allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-) prove, try.

1384. dokimos, dok'-ee-mos; from G1380; prop. acceptable (current after assayal), i.e. approved:--approved, tried.

1 Cor 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily[1], eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

1 "UNWORTHILY": 371. anaxios, an-ax-ee'-oce; adv. from G370; irreverently:--unworthily. .... (My words). To have absolutely no respect for Holy Communion and what Jesus did for us.

1 Cor 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

1 Cor 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1 Cor 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

1 Cor 11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry[1] one for another.

1 "TARRY": 1551. ekdechomai, ek-dekh'-om-ahee; from G1537 and G1209; to accept from some source, i.e. (by impl.) to await:--expect, look (tarry) for, wait (for).

If one is hungry, eat at home

1 Cor 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation[1]. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

1 "CONDEMNATION": 2917. krima, kree'-mah; from G2919; a decision (the function or the effect, for or against ["crime"]):--avenge, condemned, condemnation, damnation, + go to law, judgment.

Spiritual gifts

1 Cor 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

1 Cor 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

No one can say that Jesus is Lord,
unless it's by the Holy Spirit

1 Cor 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

1 Cor 12:4 Now there are diversities[1] of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 "DIVERSITIES": 1243. diairesis, dee-ah'-ee-res-is; from G1244; a distinction or (concr.) variety:--difference, diversity.

1 Cor 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

1 Cor 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

1 Cor 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1 Cor 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

1 Cor 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1 Cor 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning[1] of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 "DISCERNING": 1253. diakrisis, dee-ak'-ree-sis; from G1252; judicial estimation:--discern (-ing), disputation.

1252. diakrino, dee-ak-ree'-no; from G1223 and G2919; to separate thoroughly, i.e. (lit. and reflex.) to withdraw from, or (by impl.) oppose; fig. to dscriminate (by impl. decide), or (reflex.) hesitate:--contend, make (to) differ (-ence), discern, doubt, judge, be partial, stagger, waver.

1 Cor 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The body with it's many members

1 Cor 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1 Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

1 Cor 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.

1 Cor 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

1 Cor 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

1 Cor 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

1 Cor 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

1 Cor 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

1 Cor 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

1 Cor 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

1 Cor 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

1 Cor 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

1 Cor 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

1 Cor 12:25 That there should be no schism[1] in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

1 "SCHISM": 4978. schisma, skhis'-mah; from G4977; a split or gap ("schism"), lit. or fig.:--division, rent, schism.

1 Cor 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

We are members of the body of
Christ. Each with a different work to do

1 Cor 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

1 Cor 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

1 Cor 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

1 Cor 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

1 Cor 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.

The many virtues of Love

1 Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity[1], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1 "CHARITY": 26. agape, ag-ah'-pay; from G25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; spec. (plur.) a love-feast:--(feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

1 Cor 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

1 Cor 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Cremation?

1 Cor 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed[1] up,

1 "PUFFED": 5448. phusioo, foo-see-o'-o; from G5449 in the prim. sense of blowing; to inflate, i.e. (fig.) make proud (haughty):--puff up.

1 Cor 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

1 Cor 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

1 Cor 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

All else shall fail, but Love never will

1 Cor 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

1 Cor 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

1 Cor 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child
When I became a man

1 Cor 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Looking through a darkened glass

1 Cor 13:12 For now[1] we see through a glass, darkly; but then[2] face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 "NOW": 737. arti, ar'-tee; adv. from a der. of G142 (comp. G740) through the idea of suspension; just now:--this day (hour), hence [-forth], here [-after], hither [-to], (even) now, (this) present.

2 "THEN": 5119. tote, tot'-eh; from (the neut. of) G3588 and G3753; the when, i.e. at the time that (of the past or future, also in consecution):--that time, then.

Look at someone through tinted glass. That's how we view spiritual things in this flesh life. Remove that tinted glass and that's how spiritual things will clear up, when we're there. We have to be there to see it that way.

Past or future?

Faith, hope, and charity

1 Cor 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity[1].

1 "CHARITY": 26. agape, ag-ah'-pay; from G25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; spec. (plur.) a love-feast:--(feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

Follow Love
When peoples of different languages are together

1 Cor 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1 Cor 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue[1] speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

1 "TONGUE": 1100. glossa, gloce'-sah; of uncert. affin.; the tongue; by impl. a language (spec. one naturally unacquired):--tongue.

1 Cor 14:3 But he that prophesieth[1] speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

1 "PROPHESIETH": 4395. propheteuo, prof-ate-yoo'-o; from G4396; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office:--prophesy.

1 Cor 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

1 Cor 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

1 Cor 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

1 Cor 14:7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

1 Cor 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Preachers and teachers are to use words easily understood

1 Cor 14:9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

Don't use those big forty dollar words. Even if you know them.

1 Cor 14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

1 Cor 14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

1 Cor 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous[1] of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

1 "ZEALOUS": 2207. zelotes, dzay-lo-tace'; from G2206; a "zealot":--zealous.

2206. zeloo, dzay-lo'-o; from G2205; to have warmth of feeling for or against:--affect, covet (earnestly), (have) desire, (move with) envy, be jealous over, (be) zealous (-ly affect).

1 Cor 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

1 Cor 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

1 Cor 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

1 Cor 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

1 Cor 14:17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

Paul could speak several languages

1 Cor 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues[1] more than ye all:

1 "TONGUES": 1100. glossa, gloce'-sah; of uncert. affin.; the tongue; by impl. a language (spec. one naturally unacquired):--tongue.

Five words understood verses
10,000 in an unknown language

1 Cor 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

1 Cor 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

In other words, grow up.

1 Cor 14:21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Isa 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

1 Cor 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

1 Cor 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

1 Cor 14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

1 Cor 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

Bible Study According To The Bible

Bible Study According To The Bible:
1 Cor 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

The need for an interpreter

1 Cor 14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

1 Cor 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

1 Cor 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

1 Cor 14:30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

1 Cor 14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

1 Cor 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

God is not the author of confusion
God is the author of peace

1 Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion[1], but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

1 "CONFUSION": 181. akatastasia, ak-at-as-tah-see'-ah; from G182; instability, i.e. disorder:--commotion, confusion, tumult.

1 Cor 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

1 Cor 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1 Cor 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

A woman teacher or preacher? What would some of the churches of today think?

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Joel 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

1 Cor 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

1 Cor 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

1 Cor 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Don't try and try to make them understand. Just teach it and let it go.

Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

1 Cor 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Let all things be done decently and in order

1 Cor 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

The resurrection of Jesus described

1 Cor 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

1 Cor 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

According to the scriptures? The prophecies of the Old Testament.

1 Cor 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

1 Cor 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

After His resurrection, Jesus was
seen by over 500 people on one occasion alone

1 Cor 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

Shouldn't this many witnesses be proof and stand up in any court in the entire world?

1 Cor 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

1 Cor 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born[1] out of due time.

1 "BORN": 1626. ektroma, ek'-tro-mah; from a comp. of G1537 and titrosko (to wound); a miscarriage (abortion), i.e. (by anal.) untimely birth:--born out of due time.

Paul saw Jesus alright. On the road to Damascus. That's where Paul saw the light. See Acts chapter nine.

Why did Paul describes himself as the least of the apostles

1 Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2 Cor 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

1 Cor 15:11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

If there be no resurrection

1 Cor 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

See what can creep into a church.

1 Cor 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

1 Cor 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

1 Cor 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

1 Cor 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

1 Cor 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

1 Cor 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

How to be miserable

1 Cor 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

1 Th 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

1 Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1 Cor 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

1 Cor 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Cor 15:23 But every man in his own order[1]: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

1 "ORDER": 5001. tagma, tag'-mah; from G5021; something orderly in arrangement (a troop), i.e. (fig.) a series or succession:--order.

1 Cor 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

1 Cor 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

The last enemy

1 Cor 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

1 Cor 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

1 Cor 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

If there is no resurrection, then why should one be baptized?

1 Cor 15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

If Jesus hasn't risen, then neither will anyone else rise. If there's no life after the flesh, what does it matter what one believes?

1 Pet 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

1 Cor 15:30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

1 Cor 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

If there is no resurrection, then
eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die

1 Cor 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

Evil communications corrupt good manners

1 Cor 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Some have not the knowledge of God

1 Cor 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Paul speaking this to their shame means they could have the knowledge of God if they wanted it.

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

The very thing that God's desires of us, some have none at all. I think Peter describes them well. .... They don't want to know of God.

2 Pet 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

How are the dead raised up?

1 Cor 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

1 Cor 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

1 Cor 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

1 Cor 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

Different kinds of bodies

1 Cor 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

1 Cor 15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

1 Cor 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

Stars in Revelation are the Angels. I believes this states that each of God's children differ from another and that's just the way he likes it. Don't worry about what others think. God is satisfied with the way he made you.

1 Cor 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

1 Cor 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1 Cor 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

1 Cor 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

1 Cor 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

See Gen 1:26 where God said "Let us make man". If we consider the first earth and heavenly age we know that it was first spiritual, second natural or flesh, and third back to spiritual.

1 Cor 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

1 Cor 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1 Cor 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

I read in the newspaper in 1998 or 99 where science has discovered that two things can occupy the same space. A fourth Dimension? This would prove scientifically what the Bible states about us having two bodies. The inner man, (spiritual), and the outer man, (flesh).

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God

1 Cor 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

This verse tells us that as long as we're in the flesh, (alive as we know it now), we cannot enter into the God's kingdom. So we must shed the flesh in order to enter in. One way is to die a natural death or have a fatal accident prior to the end of this flesh age. The other is to be alive at the second coming of Christ when all flesh is changed. When do the kingdoms of this world become The Kingdoms of God?

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Paul describes the end and the coming of Christ

1 Cor 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all[1] sleep[2], but we shall all be changed[3],

1 "ALL": 3956. pas, pas; includ. all the forms of declension; appar. a prim. word; all, any, every, the whole:--all (manner of, means) alway (-s), any (one), X daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, + no (-thing), X throughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever.

2 "SLEEP": 2837. koimao, koy-mah'-o; from G2749; to put to sleep, i.e. (pass. or reflex.) to slumber; fig. to decease:--(be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead.

3 "CHANGED": 236. allasso, al-las'-so; from G243; to make different:--change.

The people which are alive at Christ's 2nd Coming, (not just the Church but everyone), will shed the flesh, (die). Included in this will be all flesh life, animals etc.

1 Cor 15:52 In a moment[1], in the twinkling of an eye, at the last[2] trump[3]: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible[4], and we shall be changed.

1 "MOMENT": 823. atomos, at'-om-os; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and the base of G5114; uncut, i.e. (by impl.) indivisible [an "atom" of time]:--moment. ..... We now have what we call the atomic second????????

2 "LAST": 2078. eschatos, es'-khat-os; a superl. prob. from G2192 (in the sense of contiguity); farthest, final (of place or time):--ends of, last, latter end, lowest, uttermost.

3 "TRUMP": 4536. salpigx, sal'-pinx; perh. from G4535 (through the idea of quavering or reverberation): a trumpet:--trump (-et).

4 "INCORRUPTIBLE": 862. aphthartos, af'-thar-tos; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and a der. of G5351; undecaying (in essence or continuance):--not (in-, un-) corruptible, immortal.

Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

1 Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Rev 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

At this point, time as we know it, ceases to exist. When does the last trump sound? See Rev. 11:15. Rev. 11:3 thru Rev. 11:14 describes the events just prior to the sounding of the last trump. Note Strong's numbers for this verse. See Isa. 29:5. Those who do not overcome, (the dead spiritually), must also be changed into a body that will last at least one thousand years. This doesn't mean that all overcome and are with Christ. Only those that remain loyal to the True Jesus will overcome at this time, (the first resurrection). If people are taken out of this world to be with Jesus, call it a rapture if you want, that would have to be a resurrection. Note that in Rev. 20:1 thru 5 the first resurrection takes place not only after Satan is here on this earth, but when he's bound for a thousand years.

See 1 Joh. 3:2. See Zep. 1:3. See Zec. 14 for a description of flesh rolling away.

Here Paul is describing the return of Jesus to the people of Corinth. See 1Th. 4:17 where he is describing it to the Thessalonians.

This is the destruction of the flesh age. See Gen 6:7.

What did Jesus say about this?
Mat 24:27
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

How fast is that? The speed of light. 186,000 miles per second.

John 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

John 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

It appears that at least Martha knew the chronology of the resurrection and that it would be on the last day of this earth age. One can assume that this was common knowledge of those around Jesus at that time.

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

1 Cor 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Cor 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Cor 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave[1], where is thy victory?

1 "GRAVE": 86. haides, hah'-dace; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and G1492; prop. unseen, i.e. "Hades" or the place (state) of departed souls:--grave, hell.

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We're to be steadfast and unmovable
in our work for the Lord

1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Finances in the church

1 Cor 16:1 Now concerning the collection[1] for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

1 "COLLECTION": 3048. logia, log-ee'-ah; from G3056 (in the commercial sense); a contribution:--collection, gathering.

1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store[1], as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

1 "STORE": 2343. thesaurizo, thay-sow-rid'-zo; from G2344; to amass or reserve (lit. or fig.):--lay up (treasure), (keep) in store, (heap) treasure (together, up).

1 Cor 16:3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality[1] unto Jerusalem.

1 "LIBERALITY": 5485. charis, khar'-ece; from G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstr. or concr.; lit., fig. or spiritual; espec. the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude):--acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

Note them. All finances should be managed by more than one person.

1 Cor 16:4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

Note they. Plural.

Paul reveals his personal plans
for his visit to the Corinthians

1 Cor 16:5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

1 Cor 16:6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.

1 Cor 16:7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.

1 Cor 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

1 Cor 16:9 For a great door and effectual[1] is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

1 "EFFECTUAL": 1756. energes, en-er-gace'; from G1722 and G2041: active, operative:--effectual, powerful.

Paul gives credit to several others

1 Cor 16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.

1 Cor 16:11 Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.

1 Cor 16:12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

Stand fast in the faith and be strong

1 Cor 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

1 Cor 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.

1 Cor 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted[1] themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

1 "ADDICTED": 5021. tasso, tas'-so; a prol. form of a prim. verb (which latter appears only in certain tenses); to arrange in an orderly manner, i.e. assign or dispose (to a certain position or lot):--addict, appoint, determine, ordain, set.

1 Cor 16:16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

1 Cor 16:17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

1 Cor 16:18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.

1 Cor 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

1 Cor 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

1 Cor 16:21 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

1 Cor 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema[1] Maranatha[2].

1 "ANATHEMA": 331. anathema, an-ath'-em-ah; from G394; a (religious) ban or (concr.) excommunicated (thing or person):--accursed, anathema, curse, X great.

2 "MARANATHA": 3134. maran atha, mar'-an ath'-ah; of Chald. or. (mean. our Lord has come); maranatha, i.e. an exclamation of the approaching divine judgment:--Maran-atha.

Paul ends this book the same way he started it.

1 Cor 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

1 Cor 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 16:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

1 Cor 16:24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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