1 Corinthians 14 : The Apostle Paul refers to the following problems:
“16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.”
In other words, let there be order in the church, (keeping in mind the sign gifts were still in effect at this stage) that the whole point was to let the unlearned understand what one was saying (during a church assembly) and why. One can sound spiritual by speaking in tongues, but if people don’t understand what you’re saying they won’t be edified and the whole exercise will be pointless.
In addition to the aforementioned problem the Apostle had a major issue with the Corinthians, who so happened to be Saints – saved and sealed members of the body of Christ. Who knows that saved people can and do get it wrong, especially carnal Christians and babes in Christ.
Furthermore…. moreover…… additionally:
Paul begins Chapter 15 with the words “Moreover Brethren” – moreover means “additionaly” or “furthermore”. “Brethren” means he is talking to saved people.
Paul basically said, “In addition to what I just said, I now also declare to you the gospel which I previously preached to you”.
How do we know the Corinthians previously believed the Gospel that Paul preached to them?
V1 ……..I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
Unless you don’t understand English, that means He was declaring (present tense) the gospel which he had previously preached to them (past tense), which they had believed, and he preached it to them again because something had gone wrong.
What went wrong?
12(b)……….how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
12(a) Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead,……..
Did the Corinthians keep in memory what the Apostle Paul preached to them? Could they recall? Did they remember?
V2 …….. if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
Basically what Paul is saying is, “If you can recall what I preached to you, if you can remember correctly, it was how that Christ died for your sins according to the scriptures, was buried and rose again on the third day according to the scriputures, and if you believe this for your salvation, you are saved, because there are some among you who are now saying there is no resurrection of the dead, and if there is no resurrection of the dead it mean’s Christ isn’t risen from the dead, hence your faith would be in vain” But because Paul doesn’t say or put it in sequence, knuckleheads buffoon it and twist it to suit their own warped new age,fluffy-duffy agendas and wacky belief system. If you look at what some people believe, you’d know that their previous belief system still holds sway over their minds. Same people question my salvation not because of what I believe, but because they deny the gospel and its power to save.
One’s faith IS in vain if Christ didn’t rise from the dead. You wouldn’t be justified in the eyes of God if Christ didn’t rise from the dead, why, you wouldn’t even be saved – it would all be in vain. And that’s the belief system of many – they don’t believe Christ’s resurrection from the dead, although they believe He died for their sins and was buried – finish en klaar – that’s it. Pointless.
If they couldn’t recall what the correct gospel was, and believed the wrong gospel, what was the outcome?
V2 ……….. unless ye have believed in vain.
Their faith was in vain. What they believed wouldn’t save them.
So what did Paul do to correct their error? He declared the complete and true gospel once again which he previously preached to them, which incorporates not only Christ’s death for one’s sins, His burial but also and importantly His resurrection from the dead:
1 I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you
V3 ……HOW THAT Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
V4 ………And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
We all know what the result is of twisting and changing scripture, don’t we?
Those who are adept at constantly bringing up the Judgment Seat of Christ like it’s a weapon, just as “grace and peace” is to others, will have their own MAJOR issues to contend with : whether it be at the Judgment Seat of Christ or the White Throne Judgment, only God knows – for denying the gospel, it’s power to save and changing it to a second salvation in the flesh, in other words, ripping it to shreds, down dumbing it and annulling it. How’s that for being a good and faithful servant? (But personally, I question their salvation). To have such a “hatred” for the gospel isn’t normal in the sense of being a Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensationalist.
Hey guys! Did you know that Christ died for your rotten flesh? Faith in Christ’s redemptive work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection from the dead was in order for you to change your rotten flesh, i.e., He was crucified, so now you need to crucify your flesh. See what I man by denominationalist beliefs?
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