Posts from January 2024

Posts from January 2024

Nothing Beyond What is Written

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.” (1 Corinthians 4:6) Here is an important principle to help guide the church safely forward: “Nothing beyond what is written.” This means that God has provided all that we need in the Scriptures. The Bible is authoritative because it was written by the prophets of the Old…

Faithful Managers

A person should think of us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God. In this regard, it is required that managers be found faithful. It is of little importance to me that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I don’t even judge myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. It is the Lord who judges me.…

In Christ, You Have All Things

So let no one boast in human leaders, for everything is yours— whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come—everything is yours, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God. (1 Corinthians 3:21-23) The issue Paul first addresses among the Corinthians is their division created by allegiances to human leaders. To resolve this, he points them to their joint ownership of the kingdom of Christ that…

All Human Wisdom is Futile

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written, He catches the wise in their craftiness; and again, The Lord knows that the reasonings of the wise are futile. (1 Corinthians 3:18-20) It is a terrible thing to be self-deceived. There is hope for the person who is…

God Dwells Within You

Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s temple and that the Spirit of God lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and that is what you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is a truth and not a metaphor. The real temple in Jerusalem was a metaphor for the reality that God dwells in the human soul. There are some powerful…

Your Work Will Be Tested

If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will experience loss, but he himself will be saved—but only as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)…