New Testament In a Year: September 6 – 1 Corinthians 16

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1 Corinthians 16
(5-11) Plans for Travel
Although Paul desired to visit the Corinthian Christians and spend some time with them, he puts doing the work of the Lord first. He is aware that a wide door of opportunity to do effective Gospel work has opened to him, and he is focused on doing that work first even though there are many adversaries.

The Corinthian Christians are encouraged to help Timothy, not despise him, just because he is a young believer. New and young Christians should be supported as they strive to do the work of the Lord. What matters is sincerity, not style or age.

(12-18) Final Instructions
Believers are encouraged to stand firm in the faith, to be strong, and to let all their actions be done in love.

Favorite verse: (14) Let all that you do be done in love.

New Testament In a Year: September 5 – 1 Corinthians 15:29-58

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1 Corinthians 15:29-58
(29-34) Good morals can be corrupted when we hang around bad company. As believers, it is important that we are associated with those who will strengthen us in our walk with Christ and not weaken us.

(35-49) The Resurrection Body
When you bury a tomato seed in the ground, it is just a small kernel, but when it is raised up, it is one good-looking and good tasting tomato. Similarly, when we die and are buried, it is our earthly bodies that are buried. When we are raised from the dead, it will be our heavenly bodies that are raised. What goes down into the earth is perishable, but what is raised from the earth is imperishable. What is buried in dishonor, is raised in glory. Our earthly bodies are weak and natural, but our heavenly bodies will be powerful and spiritual. We are currently of dust (bearing the image of the man of dust, Adam). One day, we will be of Heaven and will bear the image of the man of Heaven, Jesus the Christ.

(50-58) Mystery and Victory
Because we know that our bodies will be resurrected one day and because we know that death has been swallowed up in victory, we should be steadfast in doing the work of the Lord because what we do for the Lord is not in vain.

Favorite verse: (55) “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

New Testament In a Year: September 4 – 1 Corinthians 15:1-28

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1 Corinthians 15:1-28
(1-11) The Resurrection of Christ
Our standing in Christ is sure and secure if we receive, believe, and hold fast to the Gospel that has saved us. Our believing is not in vain.

The Gospel is not only the death and burial of Jesus the Christ. It is also the resurrection and ascension of Jesus the Christ. All of this was foretold in Scripture before it even occurred. We know that Christ’s resurrection actually happened because He was seen by a various number of eyewitnesses on more than one occasion. Paul recalls how Jesus appeared even to him. He does not consider himself worthy to be called an apostle because he once persecuted the church, however, Paul recognizes that it is by the grace of God that he is what he is. The grace that God shows toward us is not in vain either. We are what we are and who we are in Christ because of His grace.

(12-28) The Resurrection of the Dead
When we share the Gospel, we must place equal emphasis on both the death and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Our faith would be empty, useless, and futile if Christ had not risen from the dead. If Christ is still in the grave, then our praying is in vain, our praise is in vain, and our preaching is in vain, as well. If Christ is still in the grave, then God is a liar because He did not raise Christ from the dead as He said He would. If Christ is still in the grave, Christianity is just another hopeless religion that is devoid of truth, beauty, light, and life.

Because Jesus the Christ was raised from the dead and because He did overcome sin and the grave, we can have confidence that all who believe in Him will also one day be raised from the dead, as well. Believers who are physically dead now shall all be made alive one day.

Favorite verse: (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

New Testament In a Year: September 3 – 1 Corinthians 14:21-40

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1 Corinthians 14:21-40
(21-25) When unbelievers enter a church and are around a group of believers, they should be able to sense and declare that God is among us. Our spirit should be different from theirs and should bring them closer to God.

(26-40) Orderly Worship
Paul gives some instructions for how church services should be conducted and reminds Christians that all things should be done decently and in order because God is a God of peace, and not confusion. We should apply this reminder to every part of our lives, whether in church or work or school. Our actions and our lives should reflect God’s peace, decency and order.

Favorite verse: (33) For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

New Testament In a Year: September 2 – 1 Corinthians 14:1-20

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1 Corinthians 14:1-20
(1-20) Prophecy and Tongues
Before pursuing spiritual gifts, we are first to pursue love. We should seek to love God and then reflect God’s love by loving others. As said so eloquently in the previous chapter (13), love is the greatest gift.

Paul says that prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, because no one is able to understand those who speak in tongues unless they have an interpreter. Our gifts should not be used in a mysterious fashion, but should be used in a manner that will edify and encourage others. When we are around other believers, it is not always enough for only us to understand what we are doing and saying for God. Others should be able to comprehend it too.

Favorite verse: (15) What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

New Testament In a Year: September 1 – 1 Corinthians 13

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1 Corinthians 13
(1-13) The Way of Love
In the previous chapter (12), Paul talked about the variety of different gifts and abilities that God has made available for every believer. While those gifts and abilities are important and valuable, they mean nothing and profit us nothing if we do not have the love of God. Love is the highest gift. It is the more excellent way. Even above faith and hope, love is greater because it will last forever.

What is love? Someone once pointed out that the word ‘love’ could be replaced with Christ every time it is mentioned in this chapter, because love is Christ and Christ is love. That someone was correct:

The Way of Christ

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not Christ, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not Christ, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not Christ, I gain nothing.

Christ is patient and kind; Christ does not envy or boast; He is not arrogant or rude. He does not insist on his own way; He is not irritable or resentful; He does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Christ bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Christ never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away…

So now faith, hope, and Christ abide, these three; but the greatest of these is Christ.

Favorite verse: (7) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

New Testament In a Year: August 31 – 1 Corinthians 12

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1 Corinthians 12
(1-11) Spiritual Gifts
Believers have been given many different spiritual gifts. Some have the gift of healing, some are gifted with wisdom, and others have the gift of prophecy. There are a variety of gifts, services, and activities in the body of Christ, but it is one and the same God who empowers and gives them all. No gift is better or greater or more valued than any other. They can each be equally used by God for service in His Kingdom.

(12-31) One Body with Many Members
Paul compares the body of Christ to a human body. The human body is made up of many members – head, eyes, mouth, ears, hands, heart, feet – and yet it remains one body. All parts of the body work together. No member is less important than the other. The body would be useless if the entire body was an eye. Where would the hearing and the smelling be? Or imagine if the entire body was a foot. How would we see and handle things? With this example, we see how it is silly to disregard those believers who have different gifts or abilities as if they are not needed in the body of Christ. Whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, male of female, we have all been baptized into the same Spirit and are one in Christ.

Favorite verse: (6) And there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

New Testament In a Year: August 30 – 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34
(17-34) The Lord’s Supper
Communion or the Lord’s Supper is a way for us to remember the broken body of Christ and the shed blood of Christ from His death and burial. It is also a way for us to be reminded of and look forward to His second coming. Before we take communion, we are to examine our hearts and lives and make sure we are walking rightly with Christ. As we all know, man looks on the outward appearance (which includes religious rituals and rites), but God is much more concerned about the inner soul and spirit and heart of those who follow Him.

Favorite verse: (22) What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

New Testament In a Year: August 29 – 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

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1 Corinthians 11:1-16
(1) Jesus the Christ is one who we should never hesitate to imitate. All His ways are true, upright, and altogether perfect. In following Him, we can never go wrong. He is our perfect example. We can also imitate those who are faithfully striving to follow Christ, and we should strive to faithfully follow Christ, so that others will be able to imitate us.

Favorite verse: (1) Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.