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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“Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us … ” (Ephesians 5:1)

“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith … ” (1 Timothy 1:5)

“Let all that you do be done with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together … ” (Hebrews 10:24)

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling … ” (1 Peter 3:8)

  1. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)
  2. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
  1. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:36)
  2. “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul, that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:6)
  3. “And you will seek me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
  4. “… and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)
  5. “They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul …” (2 Chronicles 15:12)
  6. ” … you have not been as My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all His heart to do what was right in My eyes …” (1 Kings 14:8)
  7. “You shall not hate your brother in your heart … You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:17)
  8. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34)
  9. “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
  10. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
  11. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7)
  12. “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:14)

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? … Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:44-48

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22)

“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:17

“Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.” (Romans 13:10)

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)

“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)