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April 18, 2018

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 1 Kings 15 – 1 Kings 17
Audio: 1 Kings 15 – 1 Kings 17

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“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.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV)

1 Corinthians 3 (ESV)

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 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? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

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.

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

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  1. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. ~1 Corinthians 3:7

    Results

    Ministry is the most challenging work on earth but is the most rewarding work on earth. People change and let us down. Feelings change. Everyone and everything is in a constant state of change. That is, except God and His Word. 

    Many people want help but few want to be helped. But God is in the business of transforming lives and He uses people to do that. But only God is responsible for the results. God is sovereign and we must trust and rely on His sovereignty. 

    There is disappointment, discouragement and many challenges but ultimately there should not be pressure because we are not responsible for people's salvation or sanctification. 

    We are commanded to make disciples and to teach people all that Jesus commanded but we are not responsible for what people do or don't do. Each person is responsible for themselves 

    Paul writes in Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

    I've enjoyed a time of reconnecting with some former teens in the ministry from many years ago. While some have kept the faith, others have strayed. One can't help feel a level of responsibility over them but as Paul said, we are not anything compared to God who is everything regarding their salvation and sanctification. 

    While it's okay to admire and be inspired by pastors and ministers who impact our relationship with God, we have to be so careful not to cross over into idolizing these men and taking away the glory that only belongs to the Lord Jesus. 
     

  2. What does this passage mean?

    1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (ESV)
    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.

    The primary thought here is 'you are God's temple', and because of this, God's Spirit dwells in you. But this thought seemingly appears out of nowhere, or does it?

    I believe that the context lends understanding. So what does Paul talk about just prior to this? He talks about work that lasts, work that is not burned up, 'each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it'. He talks about doing work that will endure.

    And what does Paul teach immediately after? Worldly wisdom.

    And then he relates all of this back to not boasting in men (1 Corinthians 3:21).

    So, interpreting these verses must be done understanding that all along Paul is relating the teaching to this issue of people within the Corinthian church building identity with Paul or Apollos, or Peter, or some other person.

    The verses have a few strong words in it.

    Temple: it means like we understand it – a shrine, sanctuary, or place of  See 2 Corinthians 6:16
    Dwells: to occupy a house, reside, inhabit, remain, inhere; by implication, to cohabit.
    Destroy: it means ruin, corrupt, destroy

    When talking about the temple, Paul is building on the earlier term, God's building in 1 Corinthians 3:9.

    The makeup of the temple is 'you' – the collective church that has been added to the solid foundation of Christ as seen in 1 Corinthians 3:11.

    The destroyer mentioned in verse 17, is contrasted with the 'skilled master builder', and instead of adding to the foundation and work of other believers, they seek to tear down and ruin the 'temple'. For these people, God's harsh warning echoes through time, 'God will destroy him'.

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