Category Archives: Heaven and Hell

All things are yours

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1 Corinthians 3

The wisdom spoken of in this passage is almost certainly a reference to philosophers, who were very popular during this time. Whether or not we can apply these verses to science I can’t be sure as nothing like the science we have today
Existed back then.
These next verses are a bit weird though aren’t they? All are yours. Not just material things but life or death, the present or the future. I noticed that the past isn’t ours, that’s good. We are Christ’s. Everything comes back to this, the only way to God is through Christ.

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What happens if you teach rubbish about God?

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10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.
11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw-
13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.
15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

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I get confused about this passage I must admit but I believe it is talking about the gospel preacher as the one who lays the foundation. In the context of the passage I. Think he is talking about theology. The first thing we learn is Jesus Christ. From there on a variety of ministers, teachers etc will continue to teach others, the passage describes the quality of teaching as metorphorically on a scale from gold to straw. Then there is a definite warning that if we teach rubbish we will suffer loss, but not loss of salvation. It is a different story for those that “destroy God’s temple” I don’t think this is talking about murder, although Christians were suffering persecution, the passage has been addressing Christian arguing. With this in mind I would think that destroying God’s temple is about teaching that causes the loss of salvation. Though I’m the first to admit that I’m not sure what that verse means. 🙂

Who is more important than who?

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1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,
3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

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Now here we get a sense of gradual growing in Christ. Christians also can lack understanding of Spiritual things. The particular argument that was occurring is the matter of who is teaching who. In Ancient Roman days people ranked each other in order of importance. It was a human way to consider that if you became a Christian through hearing the gospel from some one important like an apostle then you were more important, The same goes with the ongoing teaching. The point is that it is God who works in us who helps us to grow. We do not gain importance through association.
Paul is clear that while he “planted” and Apollos “watered” It is God who gives the growth. In other words people don’t change unless God has a hand in it.
Verse 8 is the hard verse. He who plants and he who waters are one,. So as Paul is addressing this concept ranking people, I believe what he means here Is that the gospel preacher, and the teacher at the local church are equal in rank. Their wages are according to their labor. This is the part that worries me. I haven’t laboured at all. But it idicates that some received more than others. But what exactly.

Needing the Holy Spirit to understand

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6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”-
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

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Now after a person receives the Holy Spirit they then learn “secret wisdom” . Sounds mysterious. What is the secret? It is “what God has prepared for those who love him.” The question is who is “us” When Paul says “these things are revealed to us through the Spirit of. God. I think he means the apostles. As he mentions i”interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

God chooses the foolish, the weak, low and despised

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26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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These verses give me amazing hope. Foolish, weak, low and despised, that’s me in a nutshell. Yet here I am marching into Heaven. Work that out.

Finding God through Philosophy.

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20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

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When the Bible talks about wisdom here it is not talking about science, it is talking about Greek Philosophy. Debate and discussion isn’t (according to this passage ) the way to know God. Instead it is ” through the folly of what we (the apostles ) preach”. And what do they preach? As discussed last time it is the word of the cross. And once again who will be saved and go to Heaven? Those who having heard the message about the cross, believe.
So our job as Christians is not to worry to much about fancy arguments but to concentrate on that message of the cross. And those who wish to know God must look for the message of the cross.