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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 12

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 12

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 12th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Concerning spiritual gifts
  • Unity and diversity in the body

Concerning spiritual gifts

Paul starts this chapter be telling us that he does not want us to be uninformed about the gifts of the Spirit. This is a very significant statement by Paul, as it should show you that we have an obligation to ourself to continiously grow in our faith and as Christians. For this we need to know how to do this. And luckily God has given us a way by studying the Bible.

The first thing we need to be aware of that God has given us spiritual gifts via the Spirit. There is therefore NO gift where the Holy Spirit is not present. If you feel and/or know that you have a gift, but you don’t feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, than know that that “gift” is not from God! Paul continous to say that there are different kind of gifts, but that they are ALL distributed by the Holy Spirit. And that their are different kind of workings, but in all of them  and in everyone it is the same God at work!

It is important to realize which gifts are from God, because if you have a “gift” that doesn’t fall under them, then you need to be delivered directly.

The spiritual gifts are:

  • Gift of wisdom
  • Gift of knowledge
  • Gift of faith
  • Gift of healing
  • Gift of miraculous powers
  • Gift of prophecy
  • Gift of distinguishing between spirits
  • Gift of speaking in tongues
  • Gift of interpretation of tongues

Know that all of these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines. This last sentence is important, because it is God that determines which gift(s) are for you!

Unity and diversity in the body

We as followers of Christ are often compared with a body. Why? Because although we are one, we consist of many parts. We as Christians are one, but yet we are all different. When it comes to our faith and the body we are in faith, we need to realize that we are baptized by the same Spirit, to ensure that we form one body. And we were also given the same Spirit to drink.

When it comes to the body of Christ (we as His followers) know that God has put us together as part of this body and that He knows exactly in which part of the body you are and need to be. Don’t question God, but ask God to show you what part you serve in His body and ask Him to let the Holy Spirit guide you. Know that even the least important part of the body in our eyes is invaluable in God eyes. For this reason God needs there to be no division and only unity in the body. Because if one of us suffer, than all of us should feel that and work on it to take away that suffering. This is a call to us to never be passive, especially when you see that a fellow Christians needs help.

Furthermore, I believe that God also gives us certain gifts, taking into account that others around you will receive other gifts, so that together all of us can serve God as a unified body!

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 11

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 11

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 11th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • On covering the head in worship
  • Correcting an abuse of the Lord’s supper

Begin

Paul starts this chapter by a single sentence: follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. This sentence shows that we should take the time and see how other Christians are behaving and acting and to determine that they are following the example of God. So, never think you are to proud to look to others how to improve your actions. But the most important part is make sure that they are following the example of Christ. This first sentence shows how important it is that we only follow examples that are from Christ!

On covering the head in worship

This part of the chapter starts of with a significant sentence on the holding of traditions. I expect most of you, if not all, have been i discussion regarding the question if the Law is still applicable after Jesus died for us at the cross. This chapter informs us that although it is through grace that we will enter Heaven, it does not in anyway mean that we are allowed to no longer hold the traditions and Laws. Holding the Laws is also a sign of respect and worship to God. God gave them to us in the times of the Old Testament for a reason. Because they make us righteous in His eyes. So, please while learning from the Bible make sure that you also learn of the Law.

In this chapter it now concern the covering of the head during worship. As we can read there is a difference between men and woman. First of all, the head of every man is Christ, and the head of every woman is her man, and the head of Christ is God. For a man (as head of the family) it is forbidden to cover his head, while for the woman it is required. I believe this all has to do that covering the head is a sign of humbleness, but also as the chapter describes it is the woman that came from the man and in the man the glory of God is shown and it the woman the glory of her man. And how can a man be both humble and the head of the family? It is the man that needs to make the important decisions with regard to the family. Does this mean that the woman has nothing to say at all? No, I believe that the Bible is also clear on that point. In the house / private man and wife can and need to discuss all matters. But when it comes to making a decision in which both can’t reach a clear answer, than it is the man that needs to make the final decision. So, no man should ever think that these kind of verses can be used to dominate the wife or treat her a slave. God gave you a queen, so make sure that you treat her a such! And I also believe that behind every strong man there is a strong woman!

Correcting an abuse of the Lord’s supper

As Christians we should not just just be nice and give praises to each other. If you see that another Christian is acting contrary to God’s word, than it is your duty to talk with that other Christian and through prayer and scripture show why this person needs to change.

In the church of Corinthians the Lord’s supper was not celebrated in the right way and it was no longer to God’s honor. E.g. Christians eating and drinking there meals instead of drinking the wine as the blood of Jesus and eating the bread is the body of Christ. Or not allowing of the poor to be able to also hold the Lord’s supper. The Lord’s suppers is meant to honor God and should be focussed on exactly this and should not be discraged by not allowing all people to participate, to really eat and drink for the sake of worshipping God instead of taking a meal (do that at home!)

When we eat the bread and drink the wine, than you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. So when you eat or drink in an unworthy manner, than you are guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord! While growing up I have been in churches in which I thought (looking back) it was taking very lightly for a church member to participate. But this chapter raises a very important requirement. Before taking part you need to examine themselves? Because if you don’t examine yourself than you could be drinking and eating judgment on yourself. Make sure that you first discern the body of Christ, before taking part.

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 10

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 10

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 10th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Warnings from Israel’s history
  • Idol feast and the Lord’s Supper
  • The believer’s freedom

Warnings from Israel’s history

Paul begins this chapter by telling us to look back on the history of Israel. Why? When you read this chapter, you will see that it is to show that on more than one occassion in history you can read how other Christians still fell into sins. It this to show that we cannot help ourselves when we commit sin? No! I believe that Paul shows these examples to make sure that we stay humble, because it will never be by our own strength that we will not sin. No it is only through the strength of God that we will be able to do stay free from sin!

He ends this part of the chapter by stating that if you think that you are standing firm, that you should be careful that you do not fail. As no temptation has overtaken you except to what is commont to mankind. And as God is always faithfull he will never allow you to be tempted more that you can handle. And it the moments that you are tempted, God will also make sure that He provides you with a way to endure it. So also know that you are never alone in a time of temptation, so don’t try to go through it alone!

Idol feasts and the Lord’s Supper

This part of the chapter actually continues on the previous one. As we just learned is that temptations will come and also that God will provide with ways to endure them. One way to endure temptations is to make sure that you are not exposed to a temptation! Don’t think that you should test your own faith by not refraining from certain temptations, because it is better to fully stay away from temptations, than surround yourself with the temptations and see if your faith is enough not to give into that temptation!

In this part of the chapter he begins by clearly stating that we need to flee from idolatry. This warning states that God (as Paul received the words for this bible book from God) hates idols and that we are not allowed to idolize anyone or anything. But for any sensible Christian it should be very clear that you cannot fully serve God if you also idolize someone else, because you are receiving a part of your worship and praise for a human being and not for God. Furthermore, it also shows (again) that when it comes to sin, fleeing (as in the meaning: removing yourself from any situation of sin) is a very smart and acceptable thing to do. If you don’t want to sin with alchohol (become drunk) than working in a bar is not the right move and staying away from such a job the best move!

But the above is not the only reason that God wants us to stay away from idols. Because when you are serving an idol and giving it sacrifices who are you than actually serving? You are actually serving a demon at that moment. It doesn’t matter who you think you are idolizing at that moment, a demon will just attach himself to that person/thing that you think you are idolozing. I even believe if you have a poster on your room from a movie star or singer and you start idolizing/worshipping him/her, that at that moment a demon will also attach himself to it. So never fall into the sin of idolizing, because you are than actually commiting a very big sin! And remember also that God is a jealous God, because he wants and deserves to receive your worship alone and for the full 100%.

The believer’s freedom

I really love reading the books written by Paul (and of course inspired by God), because so many things apply today. The comment: “I have the right to do anything” cannot be more accurate for this time we are living in. I think that most of us have heared this argument so many times. Yes, God will allow you to do anything you want, but He also tells you that not all choices will be beneficial for you. God doesn’t tell us to not to do certain things just to control us or to limit us … no, He tells us this bevcause He knows which things will actually not help you or could even be damaging for you!

Also know that if you life by this statement of that you have the right to do anything, that it also very selfish. You should always look how you can help others. And make sure that all that you do, say, eat, drink to do it in God’s glory. Also don’t be the reason from someone else to stumble, to fall into sin. You have to make sure that you don’t abuse the freedom that God has given you, by being selfish and not carrying about others! God cares about you and gave the life of His own Son, so your sins could and are forgiven!

Comments

I feel very blessed that God has given me the opportunity to have this blog and go on a daily journey with you in spending time with God and going deeper in the Bible. I look forward to reading your comments, questions on this chapter. This will enable to go even deeper into God’s word and together learn more from Him!

God bless you all!

 

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 9

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 9

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 9th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Paul’s right as an apostle
  • Paul’s use of his freedom
  • The need for self-discipline

Paul’s right as an apostle

Paul talks about all rights that he could be entitled to based on the work that he is doing. And I also believe that when people are doing the work for God like Paul did, that they should also receive compensation out of the work they do. We shouldn’t just let God provide for them, but we should allow ourselves to be used by God to also help out people that do work for God. This can be a donation to their ministry, to provide them with thing they need. Let us pray to God to find out how we can help our brothers and sisters, that work full-time for God.

Paul ends this part of the chapter to let us know that he is not in it for the money, but that he does it for free, because he wants to spread the gospel. This should always be the heart and mindset of people that work full-time in their ministry. That it is to spread the gospel and not to become this extremly rich pastor of a megachurch (as an example).

Paul’s use of his freedom

I believe this is a very important lesson that Paul is learning us. When you are working for God, than you should be willing to lay down all your freedom to spread His word. You should acknowledge that you have certain freedoms, but that you choose to forsake them to spread the gospel and to worship God. Yes, you can work a high paying job as a CEO, but what if God calls you to work for Him? Are you willing to give up that freedom of all the “power” and money assocatiated with that job. Just like you give up the freedom to sin, to follow God!

The need for self-discipline

As a Christian it is very important to have self-discipline. In this world you are being told that you can do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. This is opposing Gods word. Ask God to develop self-discipline to be able to resist everything from this world and to withhold things that are coming between you and God.

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 8

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 8

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 8th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians 8, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Concerning food sacrificed to idols

Concerning food sacrificed to idols

The chapter begings to making it clear to us that we need to stop relying on our own understanding? Why, because God is all-knowing and we are definitely not! God can oversee the whole picture, why we can only see a part of it and are also likely to be biased and not always as objective as why imagine ourselves to be.

God tells us that there is only one God (Him) and there is no one like Him. And that we won’t be any better if we eat food that was used as a sacrifice before an idol and we won’t be any worse if we do eat that same food. Why? Because we won’t grow closer to God by the food that we eat. Should we than still eat it? Personally, based on this chapter I would say no. It could be that some other Christian, whom is not so strong in his/her faith sees you eating this food that was sacrificed to an idol and it can cause him/her to be disturbed in his/her faith. And than it does become a sin that you are commiting. To me it should be clear that you shouldn’t even run the risk that you think it won’t do any harm, that it still does, because there was one person that took offence to it and through that you sinned.  Is food really worth running the risk to be sinning against God? For me it isn’t!

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 7

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 7

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 7th chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Concerning married life
  • Concerning change of status
  • Concerning the unmarried

Concerning married life

God also created the institute of marriage to make sure that men and women wouldn’t perform sexual sins. For this reason God gave us (one of the reasons) marriage. And God is clear that we can only have sex with our wife/husband and not with others as well. Just like God will not accept us praising anyone else, than God, He will also not accept us having sex with any one other than our marriage partner. But even when you are married you can and will be tested, and cheating is always one that comes back a lot. This is why in this chapter we are made clear that we are not deciding on our own body, as we have to give it to our partner. Why? If we are always avaiable for sex with our partner, than he or she will always be content and will not look elsewhere. This will also mean that you need to make sure that you also really do your best, because it is important to pleasure your partner. Don’t take your husband or wife for granted and also try to grow in all thing marriage related!

But does this mean that there is no reason for not having sex? Yes, there actually is. When you are taking a time of fasting than you can mutually consent on not having sex during that period, if you have decided that you also want to remain pure during that point.

Note that Paul is not telling us to get married or not get married. He does tell us that if you feel that you cannot do without marriage and / or sex, than you need to find a partner (with the help of God) and marry him / her, so that your sexual desire will not make you sin.

Concerning the change of status

This part of the chapter deals with the change of status from unbeliever to believer. Why is this so important for Paul to discuss with us? Well, when we become Christians there are people around us that will overload you with human rules / laws that you need to oblige, while it is actually important to grow to God and not to let yourself be enslaved by other people that demand you act in a certain way. Follow God and let the Holy Spirit change you, not humans.

Concerning the unmarried

Paul emphasizes that is better to be unmarried? Does He look down on married people? No, but he knows that when you are married you have to divide your attention to not only be on the work of God, but also your partner and family.

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 6

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 6

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 6th chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Lawsuits among believers
  • Sexual immorality

Lawsuits among believers

This chapters first deals with the situation in which we decide to start lawsuits amongst believers. First, Paul asks us if we are able to make the correct decisions to judge someone. The correct answer is of course that we are not, the only one that is able to judge is God. We should never be hasty to start lawsuits and especially against other believers, because it will reflect very bad on us as Christians. What will unbelievers think if they see Christians bringing each other to God? It will do so much damage, because they will see a house divided. They will see how you as a Christian do not trust on God, but more on a worldly judgement. It shows them that you are not able to forgive. Ask God to judge and to solve a dispute instead of bringing it before a court.

Sexual immorality

That God gave you a free will, does not mean that you are free to do whatever you want. You need to view your body as the House of God and treat it as such. For this reason God really hates sexual immorality, because it is an attack on His house. God wants us to flee from sexual immorality, because all other sins are outside our body, but sexual sins are an attack on our own body! Therefore honor God with your bodies!

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 5

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 5

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 5thchapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Dealing with a case of incest

Dealing with a case of incest

To me this is a very shocking chapter, and as we can read for Paul this was exactly the same. But as we can read in Corinthians people actually were in the sin of incest, but were also proud of it! But we should not think that this only happened in those times, or in places far away. No, it could even be happening in the street where you life. The world has become so wicked that even incest is not even a no-go for some people.

Considering Paul immediately took this as an prayer point to lay before the Holy Spirit, we should also do this. And especially, when we know exactly wo is doing this (or even any other sin for that matter). Than we need to pray specifically that all sexual sins are broken out of our lifes and will never have any ground in our lifes, but also that incest and any kind of sin , will ever be part of our lifes or worse: be accepted as normal.

Also something that I consider a very important part of this chapter is that fact that Paul tells us (and I believe through the Holy Spirit) that should not associate us with sexually immoral people. Paul however is mentioning our Christian brothers and sisters, specifically, because they should (and us neither) not be sexually immoral, greedy, an idolater and swindler.

God, I pray to you that you really help us not to be in any kind of those sins. And if someone is, please help them to move away from it and follow you and ask forgiveness!

Amen!

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 4

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 4

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 4rd chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • The nature of true apostleship
  • Paul’s appeal and warning

The nature of true apostleship

Paul begins this chapter with a statement that we, as Christians, are servants of God and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has entrusted. Meditating on this statement, I come to realize (as I have done already long ago) that as soon as we accept God and through the Holy Spirit life our life for Him, than He opens up mysteries that are not available to all of us. That is also why some people can reject God, because they have not accepted God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and through that they cannot see the mysteries of God.

Next, Paul tells us that with gaining insight in those mysteries, also take with it a very important commitment, that we need to be faithful. Consider the comparison with earthly riches, like a diamond. If you would get a really expensive diamond to keep in your possession, would you just lay it down anywhere? Or would you care for it to the best of your ability? Most likely, you would take care of to the best of the ability, because as an earthly riches, you will understand the value (on this earth that is) of that diamond. Now, it is important to understand that the mysteries from God are far more valuable than that, so it should come as no surprise that we need to take care even better care of those mysteries of God, than we would do with that diamond.

And being faithful also means that you are faitfhul to God. Don’t look to please or be judged by other people, even your pastor. Because the only judgement that you should value is that of God!

Paul continous this part of the chapter by letting everyone know that as an apostle you should not think that it will always be an easy life that will in store for you and that if you done wront to that through Jesus you should always do good. Paul wants to show us that we should never put another person on a higher standard and follow him or her, but always follow God. Paul refused to be placed in such a position, because he knew that only God is to be followed and not him.

Paul’s appeal and warning

Paul makes it clear that with his warnings he is not out to shame us, but to make sure that we never become arrogant. Because when you become arrogant in your faith, than it can be a way that you actually drive yourself away from God. Because no one of us is important, only our father, God! Please, never put yourself higher than you ought in the Holy Spirit. God loves is when we are humble, because than we are not blinding ourself, but are open to what God wants for our life. I pray that God gives us and helps us to keep a humble heart!

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 3

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 3

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 3rd chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • The church and its leaders

The church and its leaders

This letter was not just sent to the new church in Corinthians, but should also be viewed to be sent to every young/new Christian. Although when you accept God in your life, know that you are not automatically a full grown Christians. You need time to grow into your faith and be aware of how much growth you still need. And the more you grow, the more deeper God will allow your faith to become. Consider the comparison with a child, as a baby you first drink milk and will grow into eating solid food. The same counts for us in your faith.

When we accept God in your life, we should be aware although we have acknowledged God to be existing and to have accepted Him, that it doesn’t mean that all of a sudden we are not worldly anymore. God will from that moment start nurturing you as a baby to (through the Holy Spirit) to help you to have a real change of thinking and grow into a mature Christian.

In our thinking God wants us to be aware that we should not follow any other human, thinking that it through them you have been blessed. Yes, it could be a pastor that hs an impact on your life, by helping, but it is actually God really helping you. Do you think it was a coincidence, that a certain person came into your life to help you? Always remember that any foundation in your life, has been laid there by God and not by any human. Therefore also do not treat a church leader, like you do Jesus. Because Jesus is the foundation and those church leaders are not. They actually need the foundation from God, to be able to work in our lifes.

As part of growing in our faith, we also must come to the realization that all wisdom and knowledge comes from and not from ourselves. That is why in this chapter God tells us that in the beginning of our faith, we are still worldly, because we need so much changes in our life.