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The consequences of preaching truth in Love

Synopsis of Il Corinthians 2 I l Corinthians 7:7 reveals the fact that Titus had given Paul good news regarding the spiritual state of the Corinthian brethren. Titus also gave Paul the bad news. There were brethren who were charging Paul with inconsistency (fickleness) (1:17) and self-approval (commendation) (3:1). Due to this information, Paul writes the first epistle (inferential subject of 2:1-4). The first two chapters of I l Corinthians serves to give the Corinthian brethren Paul's mode, method, purpose, and expected product of the first epistle written to them in AD 57. When one examines I l Corinthians chapters one and two a true understanding of what "preaching truth in love" is all about (Eph. 6:15). Paul's MODE behind the writing of I Corinthians: The mode of I Corinthians was love. Paul said, "for out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not...
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Are You Really Interested?

Through the years of coaching my kids in Little League Baseball, I have seen many kids who just seemed to thrive on the game and others who seem to care less if they are even on the field. Some kids play in the dirt or pick flowers during the game. Some kids even request to be placed on the bench. It becomes apparent that they are not there due to any self-interest but because their parents want them to be. Many Christians are like the kid who desires to be on the bench; they are, to one extent or another, forced to be at services yet they have no real interest in the things of God. Beloved reader, please know that heaven will be a place for those who truly desire the things of God. The parable of the Sower Jesus told the parable of the sower to make a...
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Superiority of the Law of Christ

Synopsis of Il Corinthians chapter 3 The function of Il Corinthians 3 is to reveal the superiority of the Law of Christ over the Law of Moses. One must ask why Paul inserted this chapter in his epistle to the Corinthians. The answer is obvious, false teachers had trekked over land and sea and spread like a disease throughout the church. They began in Judea (Acts 15:24) and moved north toward Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 15: l, 30) and continued west and northwest to Galatia and beyond (Acts 16:4). Law of death and condemnation Paul refers to the Mosaic Law as the "letter that kills" (3:6), "ministration of death" (3:7), and "ministration of condemnation" (3:9). The Mosaic Law "kills" because it rewarded death with unlawful living (Romans 6:23). No man could live lawfully perfect and expect to have life through Mosaic Law keeping (Galatians 3:10). Therefore, the Mosaic Law was...
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Resurrection of the Just and Unjust

Synopsis of 1 Corinthians 15 Jesus said, "Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection ofjudgment" (John 5:28-29). Likewise, as the apostle Paul gave his defense before Felix, he said, "... there shall be a resurrection both of the just and unjust" (Acts 24:15). Some brethren in Corinth were teaching that there would be no resurrection of the dead (l 1 Corinthians 15:12). These teachers apparently believed Jesus had been raised yet they rejected the general resurrection of mankind. Paul proves the general resurrection of the dead by proving Jesus' resurrection, who is the 'firstfruits of them that are asleep" (l 1 Corinthians 15:20). Paul's reasoning is that if Christ was raised then so must all mankind...
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Through the years of coaching my kids in Little League Baseball, I have seen many kids who just seemed to thrive on the game and others who seem to care less if they are even on the field. Some kids play in the dirt or pick flowers during the game. Some kids even request to be placed on the bench. It becomes apparent that they are not there due to any self-interest but because their parents want them to be. Many Christians are like the kid who desires to be on the bench; they are, to one extent or another, forced to be at services yet they have no real interest in the things of God. Beloved reader, please know that heaven will be a place for those who truly desire the things of God. The parable of the Sower Jesus told the parable of the sower to make a...
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