Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Flee Idolatry

So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:14) The Corinthian church lived in a culture of religious pluralism; that is, there were many temples with many gods, and people worshipped whatever god they liked. A simple definition is that idolatry is the worship of created things rather than the worship of the One True God. Through idolatry, we worship what we have created rather than recognizing that we are created. Idolatry flips the flow of authority and…

God Help You in Temptation

So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall. No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13) Every temptation you face is one that is permitted by God. These times of temptation are simultaneously…

We Live in the Last Age

Don’t become idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to party. Let us not commit sexual immorality as some of them did, and in a single day, twenty-three thousand people died. Let us not test Christ as some of them did and were destroyed by snakes. And don’t grumble as some of them did and were killed by the destroyer. These things happened to them as…

Examples for Us

Now these things took place as examples for us, so that we will not desire evil things as they did. (1 Corinthians 10:6) The events Paul is referring to have to do with the Israelites, whom God called out of Egypt to be his people. They had been so accustomed to the gods of Egypt that it took a long time for them to know and trust the God who saved them. Little by little, they began to learn how…

The Rock was Christ

Now I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless God was not pleased with most of them, since they were struck…

Run to Win!

Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown. So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to…

Becoming All Things to All People to Win Some for Christ

Although I am free from all and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law—to win those under the law. To those who are without the law, like one without the law—though I am not without God’s law but under the law of…

Paul’s Unfailing Resolve

For my part I have used none of these rights, nor have I written these things that they may be applied in my case. For it would be better for me to die than for anyone to deprive me of my boast! For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because I am compelled to preach—and woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this willingly, I have a reward,…

How Preachers Should Earn Their Living

Don’t you know that those who perform the temple services eat the food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the offerings of the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:13-14) As a pastor, this is a bit awkward for me to write about, yet there are a few things important to note. I will try to…

Do Not Muzzle the Ox

Am I saying this from a human perspective? Doesn’t the law also say the same thing? For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out grain. Is God really concerned about oxen? Isn’t he really saying it for our sake? Yes, this is written for our sake, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes should thresh in hope of sharing the crop. If we have…