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1 Corinthians 11- Followers of Christ

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 1 Corinthians 11:1-8

 The Bible tells us that Satan is the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) So knowing this, it’s not surprising everything the world pushes for is against the nature of God. When we read these scriptures today by Paul, it’s probably highly offensive to most people, because everyone has been so conditioned by the world what to think or believe. It’s ingrained in our minds, however the belief system of this world is Satanic in origin.

If you don’t believe me just read what the Holy Spirit revealed to the Apostle Paul here, “the head of the woman is man” I can see the riots going on in the streets right now, how offensive, how dare Paul make such a statement! However this is the wisdom of God and not of this world. So Paul starts by saying “Be followers or imitators of me, as I am of Christ” Paul is teaching these principles, not because he has a masculine agenda, but because it was revealed to him by Christ, who is our Lord

We worship a God of law and order, that’s just a fact. God is not the author of confusion or chaos. So there has to be an order to humanity, Paul reveals it here, Christ is above man, and man is above the woman. Why? Because if you remember , the woman was created from man. This is a creation, authoritative order designed by God. I know there are many people who don’t like it, or rebel against it, but that’s Gods design, again if you are going to be a follower of Christ, you should imitate Christ

Now you might ask, what is up with the head coverings? Again going back to the authoritative order, Christ, Man, and Woman. It’s a sign of respect and reverence, the long hair of a woman symbolizes the head covering. Again, I know there are a million arguments against this teaching, but again this is the inspired Word of God, if you have an issue with it, take it up to God, allow the Holy Spirit to further reveal the purpose to your heart

The bottom line is if Jesus is our Lord, he is our Master, imitate Christ, be a true Born Again follower of Jesus, Amen!

1 Corinthians 10- Glory to God

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 1 Corinthians 10:23-30

As Born Again Christians in Christ, we have freedom in Christ. Jesus set us Free, not only from the wrath of sin, but from every chain that Satan wants to bind us down with (John 8) As the Apostle Paul says “All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient, beneficial, or edifying”  As Paul will later say “Whatever we do, we should do for the glory of God” (v31)

But you do something, ask yourself, does this glorify God? Are you being the hands and feet of Christ, are you the Salt and Light that we are called to be? (Matthew 5) I like what Paul says here also “For the Earth is The Lords” Amen! Christians get so wrapped up in whether something is pagan or should we eat kosher stuff, the bottom line is everything belongs to The Lord. Jesus Christ is King of all KIngs, every knee will bow before him, there is nothing that above The Lord or not under Christs authority

So why is my liberty judged of another mans conscience, as Paul said. If you are convicted to not eat pork or if you don’t want to celebrate Christmas, don’t condemn other believers because of your conscience. We are now under the Law of Christ and not the Mosaic Law in the New Covenant

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.  1 Corinthians 10:31-33

Whatever we do , do it for the glory of God, what we think , what we drink, what we speak about, everything should be to glorify our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen!

1 Corinthians 10 – The Lords Table

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:14-17

One topic that the Apostle Paul clearly taught to me is about Communion, in this Chapter and the next Chapter, Paul really goes on into extensive teachings about the symbolism and importance of Communion. It grieves me when Christians reject the partaking of communion or just feel like it’s not important or relevant to their walk with Christ

Just for the record , I don’t believe in transubstantiation, that is the belief the bread and cup become the physically blood and body of Christ, I believe it’s only a symbolic gesture, however I think the remembrance and honor we bring to The Lord when we partake in Communion is important. 

I love what Paul says here “Being Many Are One Bread, and One Body, for we are all partakers of that One bread” When we think about taking Communion at Church, we are all partaking from that One loaf of bread, symbolic of the body of Christ. We are all united with Christ, One Body, which is the Church. The only thing that unites us is Christ, it’s such a spiritual fellowship that can’t be replicated

Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 1 Corinthians 10:18-22

The Apostle Paul says “ You cant drink the cup of The Lord and the cup of devils, you cant be partakers of the Lord’s table and table of devils” Wow you could write an entire sermon about this, again more context on Communion. When we come up to the altar to partake Communion, we are to examine ourselves, repent of our sins, the worst thing someone could do is partake in Communion for the wrong reasons

How many partake in Communion , maybe every Sunday  and live like the devil? You can’t partake from the Lord’s Table and Satan’s Table, you are either Born Again or dead in sin. As Paul says “Do we provoke The Lord to jealousy”? Do you love The Lord or not? Don’t come to The Lords table unless you are coming with a clean heart for Christ, Amen!

1 Corinthians 10- Born This Way?

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:11-13

Temptation will always be a part of life, as long as we are still living in our fallen bodies. We shouldn’t be naive to think we will never be tempted, however we should have the trust knowing God said “We will not suffer you to be tempted above or beyond what you are able” When we fall for sin, we can’t blame God, we must take the accountability for ourselves and repent

We live in a society and culture today that takes no responsibility for their sin. They will just say “God made me this way” So they will continue to live in their sin freely, while their conscience has been seared (1 Timothy 4:2) to the point, where sin no longer bothers them. We can’t make the excuse I was Born this way, because God said “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” (v13)

This is why Jesus said “Nobody can see the Kingdom of God unless they are Born Again” (John 3:3) You have to become regenerated by the Holy Spirit, you can’t enter into the presence of God in your sinful state, you have to become a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Satan is called  “The Tempter”  (Matthew 4:3) Multiple times Satan tried to tempt Jesus Christ with different strategies,(Matthew 4) if the Devil will try to tempt the Son of God, you better believe Satan will try to tempt you! Notice how Christ defeated Satan, by rebuking him with the Word of God, the Bible is your sword to fight off the devil’s schemes

Notice what Paul says here also “But with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” There is no temptation that is greater than the power of the Holy Spirit that is living inside of you. Don’t allow the excuse “You are Born This Way” to destroy the Temple of God, be cleansed by the blood of Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Amen!

1 Corinthians 10- Don’t Tempt Christ

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 1 Corinthians 10:6-10

Continuing in the context of the teaching here by Paul, the Apostle is referencing the Israelites in the wilderness, when they were continually disobedient to God, seeking pleasures of the flesh, worshiping false idols, even though they specifically saw the miracles of God firsthand. There are non believers and atheists that would say “If God showed me this or that, they would believe” That’s not necessarily true, as many Isralites witnessed the miracles of God first hand ,yet still rejected Him and fell away

Paul’s message to the Church “We should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted” Again we should learn from the Israelites, if you are Born Again, we are to seek the things of God not the world. Don’t be idolaters, many just attribute this to worshiping a pagan deity, but this is not just the case. We can make anything our idol, money, sex, drugs, anything we put in front of God is an idol. As Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37) Hence All Your Heart, not just part of your heart. So what has captured your heart? Is Jesus or the world the love of your heart?

Another interesting subject here is Paul attributes sexual immorality to idolatry. In today’s generation, we see this first hand, people’s sexuality has become their idol. But as Christians , we are The Temple of God, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, to be disobedient to God is idolatry, you are placing things above your love for God

The Apostle Paul makes an interesting statement here “Neither Let Us Tempt Christ”, notice the context of the Israelites tempting God in the wilderness, is the same context of tempting Christ. Paul is demonstrating the deity of Christ , and just because we are under grace of Christ, we should not be disobedient to the Holy Spirit and tempt Christ

Again the question goes back to “Do you truly love The Lord God with all your heart, mind, and soul? It doesn’t matter how religious you believe you are, doesn’t matter how many good deeds you believed you performed, if you truly love God, then Jesus Christ would truly be your Lord (Master). Don’t tempt The Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the author and finisher of life, Amen!

1 Corinthians 10- Baptism of Faith

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 1 Corinthians 10:1-5

There is a popular preacher who was instructing people to “unhitch from the Old Testament”, of course his name is Andy Stanley and he made himself famous for making this statement. Well , if we did disregard the Old Testament, we would have no idea or context of what Paul is teaching us here . The Apostle Paul is referencing the Israelites in the Wilderness going though the Red Sea, eating the qual , and Moses striking the Rock that provided them continuous water.

So the first point we should make, the entire Bible is relevant and important for all of us to know and study. Secondly Paul makes alot of references here, and we could preach a sermon on all of them, so let me try to briefly describe my thoughts on these scriptures.

Paul first says “How that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the seas” Now obviously this is a reference to Moses leading the Israelites through the Wilderness and the Red Sea. Most Christians might say “This has nothing to do with me today” But your wrong, this was a foreshadow of the baptism of faith we have today in Christ.

Water Baptism, which was introduced by the prophet John the Baptist, hence the name, is an outward confession of our faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, The Lord himself went through water baptism to give us an example. The Apostle Paul is saying here when the Israelites by faith went through the Red Sea, it was a spiritual baptism of their own

Think about the event of the Red Sea, what did the Israelites have to do to save their lives? DId they fight the Egyptians? No, Did they persuade the Egyptians to leave?no, they simply trusted what God told them and did it. Their obedience to God , which we call faith, is what saved them

How are we saved? We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8) This is exactly what the sign of baptism is, its an act of faith, profession, and declaration I trust The Lord Jesus Christ to save my soul. Period, we can’t earn it 

Now I know we can argue , how can I get my faith? We know we are called or elected by God, we know the cleansing of the blood of Christ, and we know the regeneration work of the Holy Spirit, is all essential to us having faith. Simply put, Faith in Christ alone is all you need for your salvation , Amen!

1 Corinthians 9- Run The Race

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

How would you describe your Christian walk? Some people think you make a profession of faith, and you got a golden ticket into Heaven. This is not the life of a Born Again Christian. When you truly become saved, you become Born Again, a regeneration, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 3) This is not just a profession of faith, this is a transformation of your life

So the Apostle Paul here, describes the Christian walk like an athlete competing in sports. As Paul says “So run, that you may obtain”. We are not to live our Christian life just coasting waiting for the Rapture to come! We should be competing just like a professional athlete competes to win. There should be a drive and hunger to serve The Lord. Athletes don’t go into a contest, waiting for the end or unprepared, they go into a contest and give everything they have until the final sound

Now you might ask “Why should I do this”? Well again, if you are truly Born Again , you have a new heart for God. The fire of the Holy Spirit is inside you, you can’t resist but to serve The Lord. Listen to what Paul says here “Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible” Many athletes will literally almost kill themselves to win a Super Bowl or win a Stanley Cup, however our prize is greater, eternal life to serve an eternal God in an eternal Kingdom! Hallelujah

I want to bring another point here , Paul says “But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection” We know that professional athletes spend the majority of their time training, why? Because without training, you won’t be ready for the big game! Well we as Christians need to be continually training also, we need to continually study the Word of God, continually pray to God, continually be led by the Holy Spirit, continually submit ourselves to Jesus Christ our Lord. 

We should hold ourselves to a higher standard, its not only a great privilege to serve The Lord, but its a great responsibility. Paul says here “when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” When we represent Christ as his servant, we don’t want to bring shame to God, we want to honor God by giving our best effort. Zeal is great, but without knowledge or discernment , it can be destructive. 

The bottom line is Run Your Race, as Jesus said “Deny yourself, Carry your Cross Daily, and Follow Jesus, Amen!

1 Corinthians 9- Winning Souls not Arguments

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto 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; 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.To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

The Apostle Paul was more concerned about winning souls than winning arguments. This is one of the biggest hindrances we have at evangelizing, we care more about winning the argument than winning the soul. Should we care about sharing sound doctrine? Absolutely, but should we become stumbling blocks in the meantime, shame on us!

As Paul says here “To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews” We need to know our audience. Alot of Christians, when they do decide to evangelize, they don’t care about their audience , they just shout repent or burn in Hell. Is this making a personal connection with anyone? Is anyone truly receiving this message? We need to be trying to reach people, not just shout at them. Ask people questions, get to know where they are coming from. Try to find some common ground to share the gospel message.

Brother John shared the story on one of our podcasts about preacher Voodie Baucham, when his was in seminary a Jehovah Witness knocked on his door. He arrange a meeting with the JW to destroy them theologically and initially he felt pretty good about himself, until his professor asked “Are they coming back”? And he replied no. It finally hit him, it wasn’t about destroying people in arguments, it was about building relationships so they would entrust you to share the gospel with them

As Paul said “I made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” If you want to evangelize to a certain group of people, then learn about those people. Understand what they already know, where they are coming from, what personal struggles they have had in their life. Were not just a wrecking ball coming in to destroy people, remember we were all lost sinners once also

And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. I Corinthians 9: 23

Why take all this time to build relationships? Because we do this for the gospels sake, we do this because we care about people’s souls, we do this because Jesus Christ first loved us so we love others, Amen!

1 Corinthians 9- Preach The Gospel

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 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. 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. 1 Corinthians 9:16-18

Why do we preach the gospel? Why do we focus our lives around Christ? Because we are called by Christ to preach the gospel. We didn’t wake up one day and say “I think I’m going to be a preacher” No, The Lord calls us and we are baptized by the Holy Spirit, we are Born Again, a new Creature in Christ

As the Apostle Paul says here “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of” Whatever we do it’s for the glory of God and not ourselves. When we preach the gospel, and we see fruits of the Holy Spirit, it’s all glory to God and not ourselves. We are just chosen vessels to be the hands and feet of Christ, but we are nothing more than a vessel. It’s an honor and privilege to be a servant of Christ and all glory to God and his Kingdom

Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel says Paul. Just think about Jonah, God called him to preach to Nineveh and he ran away, how did that work out for Jonah? When God calls you to do something, you either do it or you will be in opposition of God Almighty. 

As it’s been said, with great power comes great responsibility. As the Apostle Paul says here “that I abuse not my power in the gospel” We know many have abused their authority in the Church, and great will be their punishment when they meet Christ face to face. Make sure we remain humble, and focused on Gods will be done and not our own

So who is called to preach the gospel? Everyone who is Born Again is called to preach the gospel (Matthew 28:19) That probably means You also , if you are saved. Don’t neglect your calling, don’t abuse your spiritual power and authority in Jesus name , Amen!

1 Corinthians 9- Live of The Gospel

If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 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. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 1 Corinthians 9:11-13

Whenever the topic of tithing or donating money to the Church comes up, it’s typically a touchy subject. There is a perception by the carnal world , that those doing spiritual work for God’s Kingdom are not worthy of getting paid. This overall mentality and attitude is partly one of the main reasons there is a Pastor shortage in the Church today. Churches want the greatest Pastor in the Kingdom to be their shepherd, however they just don’t want to pay them. We see this all the time and anyone who has worked in ministry knows this is unfortunately true.

Now we also have the other side of the spectrum, we have false prophets using prosperity gospel to make millions and rip off well-meaning Christians. People see these wolves and become leery of all Christians. Let me first tell you, anyone who was truly called by God to be in ministry, didn’t choose to be in ministry for money. The Apostle Paul knew the perception out there and refrained from collecting everything he was owed as he said “Nevertheless we have not used this power, but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ”

Fulfilling the Great Commision was Paul’s main goal, whether he had to suffer in poverty or imprisonment. When it comes to the Pastor of your Church, this should be their same goal also. If your pastor is more worried about budgets than the saving of souls, then it would be a red flag. However if your Pastor is a faithful servant of Christ, make sure you support them financially

Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 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 man should make my glorying void. 1 Corinthians 9:14-15

The Apostle Paul understood the perception this must cause the Church. As Paul said “They which preach the gospel should live of the gospel” The Church should be willing to support their spiritual leaders. The reality is we all need to live, we need to pay our mortgage, we need to feed our family, we need to buy clothing, we don’t need extravagant things, but a Pastor does need necessities of life and the Word of God states they are entitled to them as their wages.

The Apostle Paul again understood the perception this might cause and said “for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void” Paul would rather have died from hunger than have the gospel hindered by peoples hardened hearts. Should your Pastor suffer because of your hardened heart?

I understand money is a difficult topic for the Church, but should it really? Doesn’t everything we own belong to The Lord? Do we deserve all the credit and glory for our success or God? Take care of the spiritual leaders that take care of you! Amen!