Tuesday, June 27, 2017

1 Corinthians Chapter 9: Soul-Winning Eternal Security

    1: Am I not an apostle Am I not free Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord Are not you my work in the Lord 2: If I be not an apostle to others yet doubtless I am to you for the seal of my apostleship are you in the Lord 3: My answer to them that do examine me is this 4: Have we not power to eat and to drink 5: Have we not power to take [along with us] a sister a wife [a believing wife] as well as other apostles and as the brethren of the Lord and Cephas 6: Or I only and Barnabas have not we power to forbear working 7: Who goes to war [at] any time at their own expense Who plants a vineyard and eats not of the fruit of it or who feeds a flock and eats not of the milk of the flock 8: Say I these things as a man or saith not the law the same also 9: For it is written in the law of Moses Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the corn Is God concerned only with oxen 10: Or does he  say it altogether for our sakes For our sakes No doubt this is written that they who plow should plow in hope and that they who thresh in hope should be partakers of his hope 11: If we have sown unto you spiritual things is it a great thing if we shall reap your physical things 12: If others be partakers of this power over you are not we rather Nevertheless we have not used this power but suffer all things lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ 13: Do you not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple and they which serve at the alter are partakers with the alter 14: Even so has the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live of the gospel 15: But I have used none of these things neither have I written these things that it should be so done unto me for it were better for me to die than that any one should make my glorying void 16: For though I preach the gospel I have nothing to glory of for necessity is laid upon me yes woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel 17: For if I do this thing willingly I have a reward but if against my will a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me 18: What is my reward then Verily that when I preach the gospel I may make the gospel of Christ without charge that I abuse not my power in the gospel 19: For though I be free from all yet have I made myself servant to all that I might gain the more 20: So to the Jews I became as a Jew that I might gain the Jews to them that are under the law as under the law that I might gain them that are under the law 21: To them that are without law as without law being not without law to God but under the law to Christ that I might gain them that are without law 22: To the weak became I as weak that I might gain the weak I am made all things to all that I might by all means save some 23: And this I do for the sake [of the] good news that I might be partaker of it with you 24: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all but one receives the prize So run that you may obtain 25: And all who agonize for the mastery are temperate in all things Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown but we an incorruptible 26: I therefore so run not as uncertainly [without purpose] so fight I not as one who beats the air 27: But I keep my body under and bring it into subjection lest that by any means when I have preached to others I myself should be a castaway[1]

[1] Controversy surrounds the doctrine of eternal security. Once saved, are we always saved, or can salvation be lost? Some say one thing, some another. Both sides claim scripture as authority for their conclusions. What does it mean to become a spiritual castaway? Is this a verse that supports the claim that salvation can be lost?

Friday, June 23, 2017

1 Corinthians Chapter 8: the Godhead--Trinity or Triad?

       1: Now as touching things offered to idols we know that we all have knowledge Knowledge puffs up but love builds up 2: And if anyone think that they know anything they know nothing yet as they ought to know 3: But if any one love God the same is known of him 4: As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is no Theos other but one 5: For though there be that are called gods whether in heaven or in earth (as there be gods many and lords many)[1] 6: But to us there is but one Theos the Father of whom are all things and we for him and one Lord Jesus Christ by whom are all things and we by him[2] 7: However there is not in every one that knowledge for some with conscience of the idol to this hour eat it as a thing offered to an idol and their conscience being weak is defiled 8: But meat commends us not to God for neither if we eat are we the better neither if we eat not are we the worse 9: But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to them that are weak 10: For if any one see you who has knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple shall not the conscience of them who are weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols 11: And through your knowledge shall the weak brethren perish for whom Christ died[3] 12: But when you sin so against the brethren and wound their weak conscience you sin against Christ[4] 13: Wherefore if meat make my brother to offend I will eat no flesh while the world stands lest I make my brother to offend.

[1] Remember where Paul and the Corinthians lived. They lived in the Roman Empire, which was Greek culture. Greek mythology was considered real, Caesar was worshipped as a deity, they were surrounded by the entire pantheon of Greek gods, and virtually every Roman home had an altar to some god[s], with the father being the literal priest of that home.

[2] Complementarian (male headship) theology teaches a hierarchal triad of gods, in which Jesus [allegedly the eternal son] is under eternal subjection to the eternal Father. They do this because they believe it shores up otherwise flimsy theology concerning the eternal subjugation of women to men. This heretical teaching ignores the fact that it is Jesus Himself who is the Eternal Father and does violence to the eternal Godhead, which is ONE Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor The mighty God The everlasting Father, Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel and his redeemer the LORD of hosts I am the first and I am the last and beside me there is no God.

[3] This appears to be an allusion to loss of eternal rather than physical life.

[4] Paul knows from personal experience, that sinning against another Christian is the same as sinning against Christ himself. Did not Jesus appear to him on the Damascus Road, and ask, “And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him Saul, Saul why persecutest thou me me?” Acts 9:4