1 Corinthians

The Household Of Stephanas: Firstfruits of Achaia

Introduction

Sometimes I will see this little ditty on the marquee of a church: “The family that prays together - stays together.” There is a lot of truth to this statement. I suspect that it was true of the household of Stephanas. Not only did they pray together, but they also poured their lives into serving the church at Corinth together.

Studies in the Use of Tongues

Speaking in tongues is not in itself a phenomenon peculiar to Christianity or even to God, but rather it actually has been practiced by pagans with most likely no exposure to Christianity. There has been evidence of many different people groups and faith traditions having outbursts as the result of either hypnosis or hysterics directly from Satan. This observation helps us see that tongues’ speaking has existed in the past and present apart from the God of the Bible. Therefore, we can conclude that the mere fact of speaking in tongues proves nothing as to its source and origin, and that non-biblical tongues’ speaking has its source in man or Satan. However, biblical tongues’ speaking was from God. Let us look at the use of tongues in the Bible and what we know of it.

 

Tongues in the Bible

1 Corinthians 7, Part 2

Chapter 7 of 1 Corinthians begins a new section of this epistle. In the first section, chapters 1 through 6, Paul answers questions raised by the household of Chloe. But in this section he answers the questions sent to him by the Corinthian church. There seemed to be three prominent questions Paul addresses: problems relating to marriage, problems involving things offered to idols, and problems concerning spiritual gifts.

 

1 Corinthians 7, Part 3

This chapter begins the new section of the epistle. In the first section, chapters 1-6, Paul answers the questions raised by the household of Chloe. In this second section, he answers the questions sent to him by the Corinthian church, which were varied in topic. There were questions relating to marriage, questions concerning things offered to idols, and questions concerning spiritual gifts. Chapter 7 exists because the church in Corinth needed to see how these particular areas were connected to Christian faith.  

 

Commentary:

Verse 1:

Study in 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16

The Wisdom of Man Versus the Wisdom of God

We are living in an age in which some people believe the achievements of modern science have rendered both ancient wisdom and particularly the idea of divine revelation obsolete. With the explosion of science, space, and medicine, the accumulation of knowledge has created little gods among us. Divine revelation, as contained in the Scripture, is dismissed as a relic of the unenlightened past - not relevant to this enlightened age and therefore, obsolete. We have become materialistic and self-sufficient. We have come to believe that we have no need for God.

 

Key verses: 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

“We preach Christ crucified: unto the Jews a stumbling block […] Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

How We Should Break Bread

Preparation for the Lord’s Supper

[Some Notes]

Things to consider while breaking bread:

- It is one of the moments one is nearest to heaven

- The presence of God is beyond all measure

- The love of Christ melts our hearts

- Visualize the Man of Calvary

- Stoop to kiss the Conqueror’s feet

- Consider His wounds [“My Lord and My God”]

- Preparation for the Supper: One must examine “himself” for the love feast (See Acts 2:46)

- Meaning: The breaking of bread formed an integral part

- Participation in the Supper: “So let us eat’

- Praise and Worship at the Supper: Song of Solomon 2:14

 

The Lord's Supper

Keeping the Ordinance (1 Corinthians 11:23-34) - Before and when we assemble to remember the Lord, there are four looks we should take. There must be preparation before there can be participation in a worthy way. 

 

1. The Look-In

"Let a man examine himself (test...prove...approve)." See 1 Corinthians 11:28-29. There must be soul searching, introspection, and confession. This examination does not mean that we should stay away from the Lord's Supper. We should examine ourselves, get right with God, and get right with our brethren, and then partake. If we "examine" and "judge," God will not judge us. There will be a judgment (see 1 Corinthians 11:31). [There is the thought of confession and repentance].

1 Corinthians 14

This chapter concludes the subject of spiritual gifts. As to Spiritual Gifts:

- Prophecy is shown to be greater or superior to that of tongues (1 Cor. 14:1-25).

- There are certain regulations governing the exercise of each (1 Cor. 14:26-33).

- Women members of the assembly are to refrain from speaking at its gatherings (1 Cor. 14:34-36).

- The instructions given are the commandment of the Lord (1 Cor. 14:37-39).

- The exercise of spiritual gifts is to be decent and in order (1 Cor. 14:40).

Chapter 12 describes the gifts and the Body. Chapter 13 describes the love that alone gives the use of gifts any value. And chapter 14 regulates the ministry of gifts in the primitive, apostolic assembly of believers.

 

1 Corinthians

The Apostle Paul was the writer of this epistle. The epistle was written to the Church at Corinth, but is directed “to all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (see 1 Corinthians 1:2).

Julius Caesar founded Corinth, the capital of Achaia, Greece, in 45 B.C. It was a great commercial center. It also boasted of one of the greatest temples in the world. This temple was dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. A vile system of worship was practiced here. This corrupted religion wreaked havoc on the morals of Corinth as a city, and also on the local church, thereby explaining the gross sins denounced in chapter 5.

The Importance of the Resurrection

Easter 1975

The truth of the resurrection of Christ is one of the most important doctrines of the Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 15:14 Paul says, “If Christ be not risen from the dead, then our preaching is vain and your faith is vain also.” Inseparably linked with the resurrection of Christ is the resurrection of all those who have died in Christ. Furthermore, Paul says that if Christ is not raised from the dead, then there is no hope for believers who have died—they have perished. Moreover, he asserts that if Christ was not resurrected, preachers are false prophets and our faith is in vain.

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