April 2, 2023
1 CORINTHIANS 11-12
DAY 92 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: 1 Corinthians 12: 24b-25
Today’s journey takes us back to a very troubled church at Corinth. Why were there so many problems at the church at Corinth? Why were there so many divisions among the people new to this new faith, the People of the Way? Could self-service be interfering with God-service?
Before our reading today, take some time to stop and pray, seeking God’s wisdom for the reading. Read 1 Corinthians 11-12. Let’s journey!
1 Corinthians 11-12: Our journey today begins by considering whether a man and woman are different in God’s eyes. The controversy is more about self-centered advancement than about understanding God’s command. God created everyone and continues to create everyone in the womb, to perform a specific mission to advance His kingdom. For those who are confused, God did not create a woman to be a man’s servant. This entire discussion reveals the depth of serving oneself rather than submitting; that’s right, submitting to God and following His direction for their lives, unlike the fallen church at Corinth. Things really haven’t changed much today. Additionally, the church at Corinth turned the Lord’s Supper into a drunken dinner party where self-promotion was practiced. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated to allow the believer to remember what Jesus has done for us, the believer, and what Jesus shall do for us, the believer, upon His triumphant return. Paul continues to address the issues that were dividing the church of Corinth, such as spiritual gifts. Members of the church disputed which of the Spiritual gifts was most important. Unfortunately, this continues today amongst believers. The Apostle Paul, using the parts of the human body to illustrate, explains that like the human body, Spiritual gifts, work together to accomplish God’s purpose, mission, within the body of Christ. Just like we need all of our body parts for our bodies to function properly; all the Spiritual gifts must be present to fulfill God’s purpose. There was no unity of purpose at the church in Corinth. The church at Corinth was riddled with people pursuing self-interest rather than pursuing God’s purpose. (1 Corinthians 11:1-12:31)
Our focus verses for today:
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
(1Corinthians 12:24b-25, NIV)
God loves unity. God loves order. God established His order before we or the world we know was created. Do our lives genuinely reflect God’s order? Does self-interest over-rule God’s interests in your life? God genuinely does! Do we genuinely care about what is best for everyone through fulfilling our role in God’s plan? God genuinely does!
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