Verse of the Day 3-24-13 1 Corinthians 1


Verse of the Day

1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother SosthenesTo the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 ESV

1 Corinthians 1

English Standard Version (ESV)

Greeting

1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Divisions in the Church

10 I appeal to you, brothers,[a] by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

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[b] to save those who believe.22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,[c] 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[d] might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him[e] 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.”

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church; also verses 1126
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:21 Or the folly of preaching
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:26 Greek according to the flesh
  4. 1 Corinthians 1:29 Greek no flesh
  5. 1 Corinthians 1:30 Greek And from him

ABOUT THESE PROPHECIES
Susan operates in the gift of prophecy. In 1 Corinthians 14:1 it
states, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit,
especially prophecy.” Now we are living and supposed to be
obeying God’s instructions in the New Testament. Although some
believe that spiritual gifts, such as prophecies, have been done
away with, this is man’s thinking and not God’s. God has not
changed His covenant. We are still living in the era of the New
Covenant – which is also called the New Testament. Please
understand that your first commitment should be to the Lord Jesus
Christ and His Word as written in the Bible – especially the New
Testament.
As always, all prophecy needs to be tested against the Bible.
However, if the prophecy lines up with the Bible then we are
expected to obey it. Currently God does not use prophecies to
introduce new doctrines. They are used to reinforce what God has
already given to us in the Bible. God also uses them to give us
individual warnings of future events that will affect us.
Just like in the Old Testament, God uses prophets in the New
Testament times of which we are currently in. The book of Acts,
which is in the New Testament, mentions some of the prophets such
as Judas and Silas (Acts 15:32) and Agabus (Acts 21:21) and there
were others. The ministry of prophets is also mentioned in New
Testament times in 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:1,29,32,37 as well as in
Ephesians 2:20,3:5,4:11.
Jesus chooses prophets to work for Him on earth. Among other
things, Jesus uses prophecies and prophets to communicate His
desires to His children. The Bible itself was written prophetically
through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Some people say words of prophecy are in danger of adding to the
Bible or taking from it — well the Bible speaks of prophecy as being
a Gift of the HOLY SPIRIT. The way the Bible is added to or taken
from is not through additional words of prophecy received by the
WORDS FROM THE HEART OF GOD

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