New Testament Blog (Page 2)

New Testament Blog (Page 2)

1 Corinthians 11 | Who Do You Care About?

In his recent book, Return to Order, John Horvat pictures a young man who is wearing a pair of jeans with holes in the knees. It seems the young man has deliberately bought them that way. It’s funny to me, because I recall my own kids having a conversation with their grandmother about trying to get her to purchase jeans with holes already in them, and her utter amazement and exasperation that anyone would want them that way when you…

1 Corinthians 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…

1 Corinthians 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.…

1 Corinthians 8 | Don’t Be A Know-It-All

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge. This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. 1 Cor. 8:1-3 I love the fact Paul wasn’t shy about getting down to the root of the problem. In 1 Corinthians, he is taking the opportunity to bring correction to a church…

1 Corinthians 7 | God, Sex and Faithfulness

One Christian theologian called the book of First Corinthians an interpreter’s nightmare – and chapter seven is one of the most difficult chapters in the entire New Testament to understand. There are several reasons why this is true. First, Paul says his remarks are in response to “matters about which you wrote”. As Pastor Kelly pointed out in a previous blog, we are only hearing one side of the conversation, which makes it very difficult to accurately interpret what Paul’s…

1 Corinthians 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…

1 Corinthians 5 | Blind to Blindspots

“Many people don’t know that the human eye has a blind spot in its field of vision. There’s a part of the world that we are literally blind to. The problem is that sometimes, our blind spots shield us from things that really shouldn’t be ignored. Sometimes, our blind spots keep our lives bright and shiny. When it comes to our blind spots, maybe our brains aren’t compensating. Maybe they’re protecting us” (Grey’s Anatomy). The intensity of Paul’s relationship with…

1 Corinthians 4 | All that and a Bag of Chips!

  “Already you have all you want!  Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign – and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you!” 1 Cor 4:8 When I was a freshman at college (a long time ago), I remember distinctly learning about a phenomena that was frequently discussed, especially at the beginning of the school year.  This phenomena was called ‘being Sophomoric’. It basically…

1 Corinthians 3 | To God Be The Glory As We Are Changed

Thank you for joining me as we look at chapter 3 in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Corinth was at the heart of an important trade route of the day and like many cities then had its fair share of sexual immorality corruption and diverse religious beliefs. The church Paul had planted was floundering and needed a good dose of his loving yet firm hand. Perhaps, I should say pen? Paul sets the tone immediately with the first three verses. “But…

1 Corinthians 2 | Don’t Reason, Know!

How do we know what we know? How can human beings know genuine truth? That seems to be a challenge today. Everything that humans touch seems to get polluted. News may be phony. Scientific fact may be politically manipulated falsehoods or just plain wrong conclusions from incomplete data. So, how can we ever come to any real understanding of truth? As much as finding truth may appear to be a 21st-century problem, it isn’t. Paul discusses an aspect of this…