1 Corinthians 13:13
Remembering without ceasing your WORK of FAITH, and LABOUR OF LOVE, and PATIENCE OF HOPE in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
- Work of faith
- Labour of love
- Patience of hope
1 Corinthians 13:13
Remembering without ceasing your WORK of FAITH, and LABOUR OF LOVE, and PATIENCE OF HOPE in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
Followers of the Apostle Paul? No.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:2 – But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
Proof that he was an Apostle sent of God:
2 Corinthians 12:12 – Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
1 Corinthians 2:1-3 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.Not with excellency of speech or of wisdom.
Yet modern-day preachers come with excellency of speech and worldly, man-made wisdom and want to know everything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
2 Corinthians 7:2 – Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
Wronged no man, corrupted no man and defrauded no man – just told them the truth and nothing but the truth. A claim institutionalized, denominational christianity cannot make as they defraud, corrupt and wrong men every day.
2 Corinthians 10:10 – For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Compare this to most Pastors/Preachers of today whose bodily presence is awe-inspiring and bold, dressed to the nines in expensive suits, being clean shaven, “dressed for success” and whose speech is anything but contemptible – they stroke peoples’ “tail feathers” instead, by telling sinners they are worthy and that salvation comes with a change in lifestyle.
2 Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
Today’s preachers claim to seek the Lord on such things and claim healing of same, yet the Apostle Paul sought God 3 times on this matter and the answer was a resounding NO (and with good reason).
2 Corinthians 10:1 10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
Unlike Dale Carnegie or modern-day preachers who claim rudeness of speech to be unloving, Paul told the Corinthians what they needed to hear in no uncertain terms.
1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
A lesson we can all learn: to be exceeding joyful in all our tribulation because:
Romans 5: 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Whoever wrote Ecclesiastes, was the son of David and he was king over Israel too:
Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Ecclesiastes 1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
That’s life on this planet – a sore travail. So if you aren’t saved, that’s basically all you have achieved. You work (labour), you deal with suffering, trouble and agony during this life, either physically, mentally, emotionally or financially and then you live in hell for eternity because you died not being reconciled to God. In short – tragedy.
Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
There is much grief in much wisdom. When one is saved, one knows and realises the grief that most of the world is on its way to hell in a handbasket, there is grief and sorrow in knowing that people refuse to believe, and would much rather stay as they are being blissfully happy in their ignorance. There is grief too in knowing that one’s family and friends are in rank unbelief too. There is grief and sorrow in being made an enemy by most because of one’s beliefs.
Ecclesiastes 2: I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
People are under the impression that if they party, enjoy pleasure and surround themselves with mirth, they do not have to think about death, their souls, salvation. Yet the common denominator of all who inhabit this planet is death. We all die. But the author of Ecclesiastes says pleasure and mirth too is vanity, and it is. It is short-lived.
When someone says they have a “bucket list” of things they would like to do or achieve before they die – it makes me wonder what the point of the whole exercise is. What is more important? Your soul’s salvation or sky-diving? Your soul’s salvation or traveling around the globe? When you land up in hell for eternity, knowing that you’ve sky-dived and traveled the world isn’t going to benefit you anything. It’s going to mean absolutely nothing – vanity.
Someone I’ve encountered of late had an elder sister who died at the age of 55 about three years ago. This woman had an executive position with the company she was employed at, she accumulated wealth, she went white-water rafting, sky-dived, traveled, did things not many other people got to do. The saying is, “Just as well she got to do those things because she died at a young age.” BUT, what did those things benefit her? What do they benefit her in hell? Many people are going to have many regrets for eternity.
The reason you were born, given life, is to have a chance at God-given salvation. That’s the only reason you were born. If it wasn’t so, then God would have destroyed this planet a long time ago, but because He is MERCIFUL, He puts up with the unrighteousness, the evil and wickedness of men in order that they may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4
You can accumulate wealth during your tenure on this earth, but you cannot take it with you when you die.
Ecclesiastes 5 As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.
16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?
Once thing I’ve noticed which all rich people have in common is the fact that they are never satisfied with how rich they are – they always want to be richer, accumulate more wealth, but you exit this world the same way you entered it. Wealth too is vanity, it will mean nothing when you are in hell for eternity.
When I get to see how peoples’ mindset has changed due to the fact that they frequent and sit in the pews of mainline, denominational, institutionalised pagan christianity, the mind boggles.
I see how a certain well-known rugby player who is suffering from motor neuron disease, and how they are praying for his healing. This man tried quacks who fed him goodness knows what in order to be healed, for which he paid thousands. Religious snake oil salesmen who have laid hands on him, others who have commanded the devil to flee from him – all in vain, and they put it down to “God’s will”, or should I say, “the will of the unknown God”.
One would think that since no-one has been able to walk on water these days, speak in other KNOWN languages when they enter foreign lands as missionaries, or have people raised from the dead – one’s common sense and logic would prevail and tell one that something is definitely wrong.
To them, everyone that’s been “nice” to them and who has died is automatically now an angel. You are heaven bound if you are a “nice” person. You are sent of God if you hold to a social programme, hence the reason why the majority are under the impression that Mother Theresa is now on Cloud 9 playing a harp with a halo around her head.
The only reason why pagan Gentiles of western civilisation, years ago had any morals or values, and weren’t barbarians as such was due to the fact that they adhered to Godly principles as laid down in the Bible. As far as their salvation was concerned, that is an entirely different matter. Being a good person adhering to Biblical morals and standards doesn’t render one automatically saved.
Most of the biblical standards they adhered to were from Israel’s Old Covenant – an eye for an eye. But even this has now been thrown by the wayside, as the world we’re currently living in is becoming more and more liberal. It is the age of the Liberal.
I read a news article this morning that sickened me. The age of consent in Germany is 14. 14 years old. Imagine that – still a child. But that’s not all. The parents of a 15 year old girl went to court to try and prevent their daughter from having sex with her……….. uncle and the German court ruled that there was nothing they could do to prevent their daughter from sleeping with him – there was no law against this, especially as she was 15 years old already, she was free to do as she pleased……. absolutely sickening.
It’s the age of incest and bestiality. Anything goes. They call it human rights, diversification – as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone (physically), it’s alright. Heathen Gentiles minus old-fashioned (boring, staid) biblical principles.
Heathen Gentiles who are now “led by the Spirit” minus the letter (which kills). Heathen Gentiles doing it their way with the help of doctrines of devils and seducing spirits, with the aim of bringing in the “kingdom on earth”, waiting for the return of “their king”. I guess when their “king” rides in on his white horse and a crown of sorts on his head, they’ll get what they wanted as per Revelation 6:2.
People get what they deserve. It’s the law of cause and effect. What you sow, you will reap.
For those currently trying to “save” the planet for their grandchildren, it’s a pointless exercise:
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Fukushima ain’t got nothing on that, honey.
Only a person without HOPE could be concerned about Fukushima, deforestation and climate change.
1 Corinthians 15 contains almost 60 verses.
In 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul is admonishing the Corinthians, rebuking them and reprimanding them for the wrong they were doing, not only in behaviour, but also concerning their unsound doctrine.
In chapter 15, Paul reiterates the correct gospel to them which he once preached to them, but they took a detour and even got this wrong, believing that the resurrection of the dead was past (over). Christ’s resurrection from the dead is one of the most important elements of the gospel, get this wrong and you are in all likelihood not saved. The Corinthians initially believed the right gospel, but went on to preach an incorrect gospel (another gospel), meaning that whoever they preached it to wasn’t saved because it didn’t incorporate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It’s because of Christ’s resurrection from the dead that we are justified.
Romans 4:25 ~ Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
You will find the Corinthians amongst us today in the Grace Camp propagate a gospel without Christ’s resurrection, stating that belief in His shed blood alone for our sins is all that is required for our salvation.
Romans 3:23-26 states that it is Christ’s redemption (belief in it) is what saves men’s souls. Redemption is an act, it’s Christ’s testimony. That act and that testimony is explained to us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. It’s Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross : how that He died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day. And if we believe it (receive it), we are saved by faith and faith alone in the gospel of Christ.
Romans 3:23-26 ~
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Many Corinthians in the Grace Camp (the dividers, adders, multipliers and subtracters) take Romans 3:23-26 to be the gospel that saves men’s eternal souls today. But Romans 3:24 speak of the redemption that is in Christ Jesus – so what is that redemption? Verse 25 speaks of Christ being a propitiation – but in what way? And verse 26 speaks of Christ being the justifier of those who believe in Him. Believe what about Christ? That He existed? That He is the Son of God? That He died for our sins? That we need to praise Him?
That He died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day.
Verses 1 to 4 of Corinthians 15 tells us how we are saved. By faith alone in Christ’s finished work on the cross alone.
Verses 5 to 8 confirm that Christ did indeed rise from the dead and was seen of the twelve and by Cephas, and not only that but that He was seen by 500 brethren all at once (irrefutable evidence of His resurrection). He was also seen by James, and last, but not least seen by the Apostle Paul.
Paul goes on to say :
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Paul saw himself as the least of the Apostles because he persecuted the people of The Way, hence he didn’t deserve any mercy or grace, but God bestowed it on him anyway, not because he “repented of his sins or changed his ways”, but because God poured out his UNMERITED/UNDESERVING favour out on Saul, and it wasn’t bestowed on him in vain because he heeded God and laboured more abundantly because of this free gift that God bestowed on him – he was grateful to have received it and let God work through him.
Paul goes on to say this concerning the preaching of the gospel : 11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
Irrespective of who preached or preaches the gospel to you – if you believe it, that’s all that counts. Getting it right and believing it is all that matters.
Verse 12 to 19 confirm the dire consequences of not believing Christ’s resurrection as part of the Good News. There is no hope for us if Christ didn’t rise from the dead and if we don’t believe that He did.
Verses 20 to 28 reiterate the consequences of Christ being raised from the dead :
Paul goes onto say in verses 29 to 33 that if Christ wasn’t raised from the dead our baptism into Christ’s death is in vain, and that we have no salvation security (does that sound familiar?) because we would worry quite frequently about landing up in hell. Paul says he dies daily (in the flesh due to suffering and persecutions) but isn’t concerned about his spirit being in jeopardy of hell-fire. He says he has even fought wild beasts at Ephesus and what would be the point if he has no salvation security? He might as well drink, eat and be merry and enjoy his life on this planet because there’s no eternal hope – just think of how many unsaved people feel that way about their lives.
He goes onto tell the Corinthians they’ve been duped – listened to evil communications which corrupt good manners – faith in sound doctrine.
In verses 34 to 38 the Apostle Paul tells them what they should do – awake to righteousness which is the knowledge of God, not the knowledge of deceitful men who he calls fools, in this case it’s those that deny the resurrection of Christ.
In verses 41 to 46 the Apostle Paul compares the resurrection of the dead – earthly to celestial :
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
While on this earth there are earthly bodies which are one kind of flesh, and yet these earthly bodies also differ when it comes to humans, animals, fish and birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
Unlike earthly bodies, there are also celestial bodies which differ vastly. Compare angels to humans. We are terrestrial and they are celestial.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
Even the sun is different to the moon and the stars. They might be situated in the 2nd heaven, but they too differ from one another. This makes one think that members of the body of Christ will differ from one another in glory too – some will be like the stars, others like the moon, and some like the sun. (Varying degrees of glory in eternity).
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
Then Paul compares the resurrection of the dead : Our corrupt, sinful bodies will be raised in incorruption – they will be made perfect and will transform from terrestrial to celestial bodies.
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
Dishonour – terrestrial. Raised in glory – becomes celestial. Sown in weakness – sin; but raised by Almighty God in power (perfection).
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
Self-explanatory. And the very reason why the natural, terrestrial, earthly body cannot be renewed whilst we are alive on this earth.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
Comparison between Adam and Christ, the fall of Man, the salvation and resurrection of men to eternal glory. The result of having faith in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross. Eternal consequences.
Natural, unsaved men cannot inherit spiritual things :
8 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Verses 51 to 58 talk of the promise of the catching away of the Saints in the air to be with the Lord (which most of denominational, institutionalized Christianity deny outright). We have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no victory in death, nor do we have to face the second death (after the White Throne Judgment).
The bottom-line : We no longer need to fear death because we have hope, that is why the Apostle Paul fought beasts – he wasn’t afraid to die because he knew what lay on the other side.
2 Corinthians 12:
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
So be it.
“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” —Orison Swett Marden
THE GOD OF HOPE
Romans 15:13 ~ 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
WE REJOICE IN HOPE
Romans 12:12 ~ Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
It says we are to abound even when abased because we have hope. Our God is a God of hope. We have the hope of eternal life.
REJOICE IN THE HOPE OF THE GLORY OF GOD
Romans 5:2-5 ~ By whom also we have access by faith in this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only (so), but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
WE ARE SAVED BY HOPE
Romans 8:24 ~ For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
WE HAVE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE
Titus 1:12 ~ In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Titus 2:13 ~ Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
As members of the body of Christ we look towards eternal life and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
THE LOST HAVE NO HOPE
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 ~ 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
SCRIPTURES WRITTEN AFORETIME GIVE US HOPE
Romans 15:4 ~ 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
– that means the things that were written aforetime, namely the Old Testament (to Israel), including the book of Genesis, the Hebrew epistles from Hebrews to Revelation, including the four synoptic gospels written to Israel are for our LEARNING today, not for our SALVATION, so what can we learn from them? That a merciful, loving, long-suffering, patient God makes a way for all men to be saved in all dispensations.
WE ARE CALLED IN ONE HOPE OF OUR CALLING
Ephesians 4:4-6 ~ 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
WE MUST PREACH THE GOSPEL IN HOPE
1 Corinthians 9:10 ~ Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
CHRIST IN US, THE HOPE OF GLORY
Colossians 1:27 ~ To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
WE MUST HAVE HOPE TOWARD GOD
Acts 24:15 ~ And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
THE HOPE OF HIS CALLING
Ephesians 1:18 ~ The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
THE HOPE OF SALVATION
1 Thessalonians 5:8 ~ But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
GENTILES IN TIMES PAST BASICALLY HAD NO HOPE BECAUSE THEY WERE WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD (THE MAJORITY DID NOT PROSTELYSE)
Ephesians 2:12 ~ That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
THE HOPE AND RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
Acts 23:6 ~ But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question