1 Corinthians

Improvident

It’s foolish to think that our own wisdom is sufficient to guide us. The human mind, while rational, is incapable of seeing the true nature of many situations and events. What is good may not always be best, and what is presented as truth is sometimes a lie. Pride in our own judgment hinders access to godly wisdom.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 14, 2022.

Becoming wise

Although we have access to God’s wisdom, it’s not something we automatically possess. Rather, it must be diligently sought. And His Word is the place to start, because spiritual discernment comes only when we know the truth and can think scripturally about every situation we encounter.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 14, 2022.

Whatever You Do

1 Corinthians 10:31 expresses purity of heart. We have no rights because we no longer ‘own’ ourselves when we commit everything over to the Lord. For example, I have no right to good health, though I am responsible for living prudently with regard to health. I have no right to success in life, though I am responsible for pursuing excellence in whatever work God calls me to do. I have no right to be treated with fairness and dignity, though I am responsible for treating others with fairness and dignity (Matthew 7:12; 22:39). The Lord Jesus Christ now holds the right to my life, and He exercises it with perfect love and wisdom in such a way that good or bad treatment by others will be used to make me more like Him.

Commentary from the Masterwork Bible study, Spring 2021, The Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges.

The Source of Discernment

The Bible is one source of spiritual discernment, but without the interpreting power of the Spirit, reading it would be strictly an academic endeavor.

It is the Holy Spirit who takes the words of Scripture and brings them to life in the believer’s heart. He knows precisely how to apply God’s Word to our exact need at the the right moment.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 10, 2019.

Elevated

1 Corin 14;36

A not-so-subtle barb toward those in the early church who had no doubt about their self-ordained elevated status-they considered themselves to be highly spiritual.  But Paul attacked the basis of their claims and established a new criterion for proving oneself to be spiritual – love.

Commentary from, You Are Gifted, Bible study by Ken Hemphill.

Rewards of Labor

1 Corin 3;7

Now he who plants and

he who waters are one,

and each one will receive his own reward

according to his own labor.

1 Corinthians 3:8

It is the Lord alone who can give the faith to the spiritually ignorant and dead.  Salvation is God’s work of grace to whom He chooses to give it (Romans 9:15-19; Ephesians 2:8,9).

But all the human instruments God uses to produce salvation life are equally considered and rewarded for their willingness to be used by God.  But all of the glory goes to Him, who alone saves.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 3:5-7,8.

Planning for the Future

Luke 16;10

Our time on earth is the beginning of an eternity serving and rejoicing in the Lord.

Someday, when we stand in the Savior’s holy and just presence, the only things that will remain are what we’ve done to glorify Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 23, 2020.