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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 190/260: Read 1 Corinthians 14

Biblical Christianity is a religion of decency and order. Paul set forth several principles for the first century church to follow. Remember that they were endowed with the miraculous measure of the Holy Spirit, and there was some controversy over which gift was most important.

Still today, even though we are no longer blessed with miraculous abilities, there are disputes among religious people over their roles in the worship service. The same principle Paul set forth in the first century applies for the church today: “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

There is far too much confusion in the religious world. We would all be better off by going back to just what the Bible says; we should do Bible things in Bible ways, speak as the Bible speaks, and remain silent where the Bible is silent.

God is the author of Christianity, and He has established certain ways to do things in His service. Who are we to decide we know better than the Almighty? “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” When we substitute our opinions for God’s commands, we destroy the peace that He established.

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Pray

Pray for peace and unity in the local congregation.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 189/260: Read 1 Corinthians 13

“Love is love.” Perhaps you have seen or heard that phrase with regard to the LGBTQ+ community. The thought behind their message is that love is pure and it doesn’t matter who you love. But is that what the Bible teaches?

Paul has quite a bit to say about love in the thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians. Notice these two things in verse 6: love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” Does that mesh with the homosexual agenda and their meaning of the phrase, “Love is love”?

The New Testament reveals God’s mind concerning homosexuality. It is “vile” and “against nature” (Romans 1:26). It is “shameful” (Romans 1:27). It is “unrighteous” and will prevent one from “inherit(ing) the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

The New Testament also reveals that one can change. There were some in Corinth who had formerly subscribed to the homosexual way of living. Paul writes, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

If love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth,” then those who are engaged in sexually immoral acts—whether homosexual or heterosexual—must give those up and turn to God.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is ______________ to man; but God is faithful, who will not ______________ you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to ______________ it.

Pray

Pray for guidance through the Word of God to discover what love truly involves.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 188/260: Read 1 Corinthians 12

The diversity of talent within the body of Christ is one of its greatest attributes. There are some who are gifted in voice, others who are gifted in leadership, others who are gifted in speech, and others who are gifted in comforting the afflicted.

In the first century, there were disputes over who had the greatest spiritual gifts; Paul emphasized that they all worked together to accomplish God’s will.

We should each work to identify our own talents and hone them to best serve the Lord; we should also help others identify talents they may not realize they possess so that they can be utilized in the Lord’s work as well.

Always remember that whatever your talent is, it is valuable and important to the church. Do not diminish your own worth just because your talent differs from another’s. “If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?”

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has ______________ you except such as is common to man; but God is ______________, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of ______________, that you may be able to bear it.

Pray

Pray for opportunities to serve God in His church using the talents He has given you.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 187/260: Read 1 Corinthians 11

Each first day of the week, faithful Christians gather together to observe the solemn remembrance of the Lord’s death. This is a joyous time because of what His death accomplished, but also a somber time because such was necessary due to the existence of sin.

There are two elements in the Lord’s Supper: unleavened bread, which represents Jesus’ body that was nailed to the cross, and the cup containing the fruit of the vine, which represents Jesus’ blood that was shed.

When Jesus instituted this feast with His disciples prior to His death, He pointed out that the “blood of the new covenant…is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Without the blood of Christ, we are without hope. But because of His great sacrifice, our sins can be covered and we can stand blameless before God.

In partaking the Lord’s Supper together, we “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” We are reminded of what His sacrifice means for us, and that remembrance should motivate us to spread His gospel far and wide so others can be saved from their sins.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Pray

Pray for a greater respect and appreciation for Jesus’ sacrifice.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 186/260: Read 1 Corinthians 10

If we are no longer bound by the Old Testament and the Law of Moses, what use is it? Paul says, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” While it is profitable to learn from our own mistakes, it is wiser (and often less painful) to learn from the mistakes of others.

Paul makes reference to five specific sins that befell the children of Israel. First, the lust for evil things. Second, idolatry. Third, sexual immorality, Fourth, testing the Lord. Fifth, and perhaps the most difficult for many, complaining.

When is the last time you complained about something? You probably don’t have to think back very far. Especially since the advent of social media, complaining seems to be one of the most frequent shortcomings of humanity. What makes it even worse is when we complain about the blessings that God has given us. If we have food and clothing, we should be content (1 Timothy 6:8).

Sometimes it can be tough, but we can do it. God does not command us to do anything that is impossible. He does command, “Do all things without complaining and disputing” (Philippians 2:14). Let’s try to obey Christ today in this matter.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Pray

Pray for the humility to recognize God’s blessings and refrain from complaining about them.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 185/260: Read 1 Corinthians 9

Athletic metaphors can be used to help one understand the seriousness of the Christian life. One would not enter into an athletic endeavor without first training to ready himself to compete effectively. There is no point in competing if the goal is not to be the victor.

Paul encourages the Corinthians in the Christian race, “Run in such a way that you may obtain (the prize).” Just as an athlete trains his body—“is temperate in all things”—so, too, must the Christian train his behavior and lifestyle. Getting caught up in some sinful activity will only damage your ability to run the Christian race successfully.

“Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty.” It is important, when training for a physical competition, to know your goal so you can healthily take care of your body. One can know what sort of diet he needs and what exercises to do to achieve the type of muscles needed for a specific athletic event.

Similarly, in the spiritual sense man can know what is right and what is wrong by studying and learning what God has revealed. In applying those things to his life, he can confidently live for Christ, knowing the outcome. “And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5).

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

1 Corinthians 6:20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Pray

Pray for strength in your spiritual training through the Word.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 184/260: Read 1 Corinthians 8

One of the hallmarks of Christian character is humility. The one who understands that he does not know everything is a wise man. Paul says, “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.”

The life of a Christian is a life of growth, of understanding that there is always more to learn and always more to understand. Those who know more have a great responsibility in bringing those with less knowledge to a better understanding of spiritual matters, but we must be careful that we do not cause a person to be uncomfortable in participating in certain activities that may violate their conscience.

Paul uses the example of eating meat sacrificed to idols. Of course, we idolatry is wrong. There are some who have difficulty separating the meat sacrificed from the act of sacrifice, and to that person, it would be wrong to eat that meat because of their conscience. But for the one who is able to separate the sinful act from the thing used in the sinful act, he may eat. However, he should not cause one with less understanding to do the same, and should go as far as to abstain or give up his own personal liberty for the sake of the other.

Can you think of situations in your life in which you may need to give up some things in order to prevent a brother from stumbling?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

1 Corinthians 6:20. For you were ___________ at a price; therefore ___________ God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Pray

Pray for wisdom in practicing personal liberty, and strength in abstaining when necessary for a brother’s sake.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 183/260: Read 1 Corinthians 7

Let the Bible interpret the Bible. You cannot take a passage out of its context and interpret it in such a way as to contradict another clear passage of Scripture. The Bible truly is its own best commentary.

Much damage has been done to the sanctity of marriage due to dishonest handling of this chapter. We must understand what Paul says in this chapter in the light of what is taught elsewhere, including Jesus’ words in Matthew 19 concerning divorce and remarriage.

There is one and only one God-approved reason for divorce and remarriage, revealed in Matthew 19:9, and that is fornication (KJV). When Paul states that a believer “is not under bondage” if an unbelieving spouse departs, he is not giving permission to remarry if adultery is not the cause; he is not superseding Christ’s teaching.

Further, when Paul writes, “Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called,” he does not have reference to a sinful condition such as an adulterous relationship.

When we come to Christ, we must leave behind everything that is not in harmony with God’s will; we must die to self. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

1 Corinthians 6:20. For you were bought at a ___________; therefore glorify God in your ___________ and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Pray

Pray for guidance in God’s Word to identify sinful situations in your life and seek to rectify them.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 182/260: Read 1 Corinthians 6

Brothers take care of brothers. Brothers settle disputes. Paul tells the church in Corinth that they need to keep their disputes internal, and deal with them internally. Do not bring the unrighteous world in to judge matters between the saints.

At one time, before they obeyed the gospel, those who were now called saints were unrighteous themselves. But when they obeyed, those former descriptions no longer fit. They were no longer “fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners.” They had put those improper activities away. Now, they were “washed…sanctified …justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Why would believers put themselves in a position to be judged by non-believers?

Sometimes, it is difficult to let go of the past. Sometimes it is difficult to forgive ourselves of the things we did before we understood the eternal ramifications. But we need to understand this: God forgives. And when God forgives, He takes away the eternal consequence.

I am justified. That is, I am seen by God just if I’d never sinned in the first place. Not because I’ve done anything of merit, but because of the blood of Jesus I can be forgiven.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

1 Corinthians 6:20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Pray

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving if you have accepted the truth of the gospel and have put away the former self; thank God for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 181/260: Read 1 Corinthians 5

Modern society revels in tolerance, and many religious bodies have bowed to the world’s cries for tolerance. Activities and lifestyles that are clearly deemed sinful, unrighteous, and unnatural in the Scriptures are accepted by “tolerant, loving people.”

Paul addressed a group of people who were tolerant of sin in the first century. The church at Corinth had one in their midst who was in a relationship with his father’s wife. How did the church react to this situation? “And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.”

There was no repentance, no sorrow for the sin committed, and the church as a whole were not confronting the situation. Paul warned, “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?”

Yes, God’s grace is grand and His mercy is abundance, but He will not tolerate open rebellion. He “commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). When sin enters the house of God, it must be dealt with. “Deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

1 Corinthians 6:20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Pray

Pray for purity among God’s people, starting with yourself. Identify sin in your life and pray for God’s help through His Word to escape it and defeat it.