Posts from June 2018

Posts from June 2018

II Cor. 8 | Generosity: A Fruit of Spiritual Maturity

The work of Jesus while on the earth can be summarized like this. He revealed the Father to us by what He explained, and He showed us the Father by how He lived. This is so we could become more like our Father. Paul captured an aspect of this as he extolled the churches of Macedonia. A need arose elsewhere in the church body where the saints suffered financial hardship. Paul made mention of the situation to the various churches…

II Cor. 3 | Glory to Glory… Shine On!

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18  When I was around 11 years old, it seemed all my friends had new bicycles. Not only were they new, but they were also 10…

1 Cor. 14 | You Said What?

“Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.”  1Corinthians 14:1-4  In a small village…

1 Cor. 10 | Written For Our Learning

“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” I Cor. 10:11 All of the instruction Paul gives to the church at Corinth in this chapter is taken from the Old Testament. Drawing from its rich history, he makes parallels between the story of the Exodus and the subsequent wilderness wanderings and the Christian life. Paul is indeed right to do so for…

I Cor. 9 | What Are Your Demands?

Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. Yet I have never used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that I want to start now.…

I Cor. 6 | So You Want to Get a Tattoo

“Everything is permissible for me–but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me–but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Cor. 6:12 Several years ago I was attending a church where the pastor was a very solid, grace-filled Reformed theologian. One day (I don’t remember what the occasion was) someone asked him a question about the difference between the Old and New Covenants. The man said that back in the Old Covenant people weren’t allowed to get tattoos…