Tag: 1st Corinthians 3
Scripture reading for July 8th: 1st Corinthians 3
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred and you are that temple.”
The Church of Jesus Christ is now composed of the members of His body who are born-again and have the Holy Spirit marking them as children of God. This body of believers become collectively ‘God’s temple’. God’s temple is a sacred place where it’s members are separated from the world and dedicated to our Lord Jesus. Paul explained this concept to the Corinthians and warned them against doing anything to destroy God’s temple! God’s sacred temple was to be honored and protected, never used or abused by false teaching, worldliness, manipulative leaders or people. God, Himself, promised to destroy those who would attempt that! The ‘gates of Hell’ would not prevail against His Church!
Observations for over-comers: All over-comers honor Christ’s temple and seek to protect and build it up through prayer, sound doctrine, and living in the Spirit. “Those who are far from You will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to You. But as for Me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.” (Psalm 73:27-28)
Scripture reading for July 09: 1st Corinthians 3
“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly–mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. Your are still worldly. for since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?” (1st Corinthians 3:1-3)
Paul called out this church for their lack of spiritual maturity, accusing them of being infants. It is alright to be an infant when you are first born, but the normal way of life is for babies to grow up! Babies need milk because they cannot yet eat and digest solid food. Paul suggested that these Corinthians were in the same infant state.
The reason Paul said this was because of their quarreling and jealousy towards each other. These believers were following different spiritual leaders and boasting about those who taught them. They were in competition with each other. Paul explained that spiritual leaders were only servants of the Lord, picked by Him for their task. This did not make them people to be followed and exalted! “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building!” (1st Corinthians 3:9)
Taking the building analogy, Paul explained that by God’s grace, he laid a spiritual foundation for the Corinthians by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He acted as an expert builder, but now others were building on his foundation. “But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1st Corinthians 3:10-11) The only foundation for a strong spiritual building is Jesus Christ! When Jesus Christ returns, the Day of His coming will test the quality of each man’s work! Is your spiritual house resting on Christ alone?