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Bible Study Notes on 1 Corinthians 6 – 20160626

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1 Corinthians 6:1  “Dare any of you…go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints”
The wisdom of God is greater than any of man.  Plus, we who know Christ know the truth regarding His creation and how He planned for things to be.  Therefore, why would we allow those outside the family of God to judge in matters within it?

7  “…Why do you not rather accept wrong”
When we have an issue with a fellow believer, it would be better to allow ourselves to be wronged than to go to court against them.  What a witness to the world when we drag each other into court.  Jesus gave us the method to follow if we have issues with each other, and it involved keeping the issue within the body.

9-11  “…Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God…such were some of you. But you were washed”
Paul isn’t listing sins which will keep you out of heaven.  He’s saying that those who continue in their sin instead of repenting of it and asking Christ to forgive them for it will not inherit the kingdom.  Those who have been washed by Christ are clean.  They may still commit sins occasionally, but they don’t live in them continually.  Anyone who cannot agree that these sins are actually sins to the point that they won’t confess and repent of them, should search their heart to see if they are truly a redeemed child of God.  This is the problem with homosexuals accepting Christ.  Many have been told that their behavior is not sinful.  They must come to the point of knowing that it is, must agree with what the scripture says about it regardless of how they feel or what they’ve been told, and repent of it.  There may be issues with their feelings and desires, but Christ can help with that if they stay with Him and reject the sinful behavior.

12  “…All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any”
Paul knew he was free in Christ for all things, but he was not going to be controlled by any feeling or desire.  And he was not going to allow any feeling or desire to cause him to commit sin.

16  “…do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh””
Paul is using the mechanics of marriage to make a spiritual point.  Yet, what he says shows a problem we have today.  We have lost the idea of marriage being the union of two people into one through the act of sexual intercourse.  We’ve begun to think that marriage is only a legal contract between two people, just a “piece of paper.”  Sex is just some form of entertainment between two consenting individuals.  And society is falling apart because of it.  No machinery can operate at top efficiency if it is not operated properly.  The same goes for man, marriage, and sex.  Any deviation from God’s holy and awesome plan for men and women deprives both of all He intended and brings destruction.

20  “…you were bought at a price…”
Something we forget all too easily.  Christ purchased us with His blood which He shed.  We belong to Him and are not our own.  Perhaps we could live easier and make better decisions if we reminded ourselves of this often.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on 1 Corinthians 4 & 5 – 20160625

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1 Corinthians 4:5  “…judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts”
Some things are hard to determine because we don’t have all the facts or can’t know everything.  But God can.  One day He will return and set all things right.  His judgment is absolute as He knows all things.

6-12  Understanding the letters in scripture is dependent on knowing the context of what is said.  It is obvious Paul is responding to something that has been happening at Corinth or something he has been told.  He’s not just laying out suggestions for living the Christian life.  Much of this section appears to be sarcasm.  I gather the Corinthians had begun to be self-reliant in their beliefs, thinking they knew as much as Paul or any other teacher.

16  “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.”
Paul genuinely cares for the Corinthians as children that he has birthed into Christ through his teaching.  He wants them to stay on the straight and narrow, so to speak.  I don’t get the impression that he’s trying to lord his position over them, but he knows the danger of pride, and he’s beginning to see some of that in them.  He’s trying to stop it before it gets started.

1 Corinthians 5:2  “…you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned…”
Results of the pride.  Corinthians are allowing worldly thinking to guide their actions instead of what they’ve been taught in Christ.

3  “…I indeed…have already judged…him who has so done this deed”
Paul judging is not that against which Christ warns us.  He’s not condemning the person to Hell, but is comparing his actions against what the scripture says and admonishing the Corinthians because they haven’t done the same and corrected the problem so the person can be saved from himself.  We consider punishment and correction in a negative light, but if we allow them to instruct us, we can become better for them.

6  “…Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump”
Their self-righteous pride in dealing with this particular incident will grow into a larger problem if not dealt with properly.

11  “…not to keep company with anyone named a brother…”
Not forever, but only as a temporary means so that God can bring them back to Him.  Paul touches on bringing back such a person later.

12  “…what have I to do with judging those also who are outside…”
We can’t expect those without Christ to live as those who are His.  Too often we are more upset with a non-Christian’s behavior than the fact that they don’t know Christ.  We must remember who does the saving.  Do as Christ commands, share Him with the lost, and He will take care of changing their hearts and behavior.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on 1 Corinthians 2 & 3 – 20160623

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1 Corinthians 2:1-5  Paul is still working on the thought he started in chapter 1.  The importance of the gospel is Christ, not our wisdom is presenting it.  And he was careful to keep Christ out front so the people wouldn’t look to Paul as anything special.  Unfortunately, they did anyway.  It is a trap of human nature to focus on what we can see.

6-8  “…we speak wisdom among those who are mature…the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages…none of the rulers of this age knew…”
Not some hidden knowledge, but the awareness and understanding to see God’s message of redemption which He began in the Garden and completed in Christ.  Once you have received Christ, the Holy Spirit allows you to see all that God has done through the ages to redeem us to Himself.  As Paul will say elsewhere, foolishness to men, but life to those who are saved by it.

12  “…we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God”
Makes the point I referred to earlier.  The Holy Spirit is a comforter, but He also instructs us in understanding the Word of God.  That’s one of the things that is hard for an unsaved person to understand.  You can’t really understand the scripture without the help of the Holy Spirit, but you have to trust Him before you can receive Him.  It’s not show me and I’ll believe, it’s believe and you’ll be shown.

13-16  Makes the point for verse 12.

1 Corinthians 3:1  “…babes in Christ”
Not enough to just receive Christ for the complete Christian walk.  You have to grow.  Healthy people can’t stay babies their entire lives.  You grow by feeding on the Word of God and working with the Holy Spirit to understand it.  The older you get, the less important petty things will seem.

10  “…let each one take heed how he builds on it”
We must be careful to rightly divide the word of truth.  Christ must always be the focus of any teaching.  And it must always match with what God has revealed in His word.

12  “…gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw”
Your works here are made of these materials.  When you stand before Christ, they will be run through fire to determine whether they are worthy or worthless.  The metals and stones will stand the test of fire, but the wood, hay, and straw will be burned away.  I see it as you’ll be given the truly worthy materials from your life, those things done for Christ and His glory, with which to fashion your crowns to present as gifts to Him.  Make sure you have plenty of gold, silver, and precious stones saved up.

15  “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
The idea is, although all of your works are burned up, you yourself will be saved.  Paul is speaking here to followers of Christ and to the works of their lives.  If we live for ourselves and have nothing to show for it, that doesn’t change our status as redeemed children of God.  But how sad to stand before Christ one day with nothing to show for the wonderful gift of life which He has given us.  Some say this teaches you can live like you want and still go to Heaven.  That’s incorrect and not the context of the verse.  We get to Heaven by the grace of God and redemption of Christ alone.  Works have nothing to do with it.  If you are truly a redeemed child of God, you can live as you please.  But the verse clearly teaches that your works will be destroyed as worthless.  You will reach Heaven, but will have no rewards to present to Christ.

21  “…let no one boast in men…”
All of the works of even the wisest of men will one day fail.  Only those things done through Christ will stand the test of time.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on 1 Corinthians 1 – 20160620

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1 Corinthians:1  “…called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ…”
Some have suggested that Paul was the one selected by God to replace Judas from the original twelve.  Not much is heard of Matthias in relation to the others, and Paul seems to get more attention in the New Testament.  Certainly God chose Paul as one of His apostles, but I don’t see any evidence to suggest that he was a replacement for Judas.  Matthias was chosen after prayer and by casting lots which is controlled by God.  God certainly blessed Paul with talents and abilities which he used for God’s glory, and he lived his life for Christ with no hesitation.

2  “…called to be saints…”
True saints are no more than saved believers.  Part of being sanctified or set apart.  No miracles required.

10  “…perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment”
Unity is only achieved when those involved are reaching for the same thing.  It’s not about respecting diverse opinions, but searching for the truth from above, that is outside of self.

12  “…“I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.””
Each starts with I.  Self.

17  “…not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect”
I worry too much about having a wise argument for anyone with whom I discuss spiritual things.  I make two mistakes.  I think too much of my wisdom instead of relying on God to reveal Himself through me, and I neglect the simple message of the cross which alone has the power to break down walls which intelligent words will never touch.

18  “…the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”

25  “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
When we are weak, He is shown strong.  By being weak, we can clearly see that we could have nothing to do with what is accomplished.  Therefore, it has to be all Him.  And He can do and go so much further than we can possibly think if we’ll only get out of the way.

29  “that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

31  “…He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Daniel 11 & 12 – 20160612

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Daniel 11:1  “…in the first year of Darius the Mede, I, even I, stood up to confirm and strengthen him”
Chapters 10-12 are continuous, they continue the same vision and explanation.  The angel is finishing a thought from the end of chapter 10.  He has been working with Michael in the spiritual warfare which has been going on with Israel, Babylon, and Persia.

What follows is a detailed account of what happens during the 490 years appointed for the Jewish people.  The details will be relayed as though the years are contiguous; there won’t be a pause after the 69th week as has actually happened.  The details given to Daniel by God were so detailed, skeptics have wanted to say that the book must have been written after the fact.  However, the prophecy isn’t complete.  We still have the last week.  That lends credibility to the assertion that all of this was given to Daniel before any of the events took place.

The thing to remember about the “end of time” on this earth is that it is not about the end of the earth, but the completion of God’s promise to Abraham regarding the Jewish people, that He would someday bring them to Himself as a nation.  The rest of the world is just along for the ride.  This is what the 70 weeks is all about.

2-45..The details.  These are best understood and studied with a good history commentary which can give the names of the kingdoms and how secular history records the events.  Since some of the kingdoms referenced didn’t exist yet in Daniel’s day, he refers to them geographically.  Gives further credibility to the actual time of the book.

21  “…in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue”
Verse 21 begins the overlap between the current incidents and their antitypes of the end.  Antiochus is described here in detail.  As he is the antitype of the Antichrist, his behavior will be duplicated at the end.  The device of the antitype is another key to understanding scripture.  God sets up history to repeat itself to let us know what will happen.  There will be slight differences to distinguish the times, so diligent study is required.

31  “…they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation”
This will happen again at the end.  Jesus makes mention of it in the gospels when describing the end times, the last week.

Daniel 12:1  “…there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time.  And at that time your people shall be delivered”
The last three and a half years of the final week are the Great Tribulation.  The Antichrist/Satan will pour out his greatest persecution upon the Jews and any who will believe in Christ during that time.  But God will save the remnant, and Christ will return bodily.

2  “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
Described in Revelation 20.  The “dead” believers are resurrected or rejoined with their bodies, to participate with Christ in the Millennial Reign.  The remaining “dead” aren’t resurrected until the end of that reign when the Great White Throne judgment is set up.  Christ throws Satan and all who rejected Christ into the lake of fire.

4  “…shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end…”
Daniel is told to shut up the words, whereas John is told not to.  Daniel was given information regarding the Jews which wouldn’t be completed until the time of the 70th week.  John was given info for the family of God.  The return of Christ for His family will precede the last week and is imminent.  We must be diligent and watchful.

7  “…it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished”
Another reference to the Great Tribulation.  It completes all of God’s wrath and brings the nation of Israel back to Him.

13  “…you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days”
There is an end to all that we see, and God has already planned all of it out.  Daniel was given a preview of it so he could let us know, but beyond that, he was shown that God holds all of it in His hands.  No matter what we encounter or receive in this life, one day it will all be corrected, and we will life with Christ forever.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Daniel 10 – 20160611

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Daniel 10:1  “…third year of Cyrus king of Persia…” Cyrus’s decree to rebuild the temple was during his first year, so this is two years later.  Daniel didn’t go with the returning exiles.  Not told why, but if he was a teenager when he was captured, he could be between eighty-five . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Daniel 10 – 20160611

Bible Study Notes on Daniel 9 – 20160610

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Daniel 9:2  “…understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem” Jeremiah had prophesied that the captivity would last 70 years.  He wrote that in the letters he sent to . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Daniel 9 – 20160610

Bible Study Notes on Daniel 8 – 20160609

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Daniel 8:1  “In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar…” Two years after the first dream.

1  “…a vision appeared unto me…” Apparently while he was awake as opposed to the one he had before which was while he was sleeping.

2  “…Shushan in the palace…” He not only sees . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Daniel 8 – 20160609

Bible Study Notes on Daniel 7 – 20160601

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Daniel 7:1  “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon…” Rollback to Belshazzar’s first year.

1  “…Daniel had a dream…upon his bed…” Begins the dreams of Daniel which will tell of end time events as they relate to the nation of Israel.  This dream is a regular one that occurs . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Daniel 7 – 20160601

Bible Study Notes on Daniel 6 – 20160528

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Daniel 6:1  “It pleased Darius…” We switch from the reign of the Babylonians to that of the Medes/Persians.  The earthly government has changed, but God still has His servant Daniel where He wants him.

1-3  “…set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom…three . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Daniel 6 – 20160528