1 Corinthians

All to the glory of God.


Paul gives 4 principles for Christian liberty in 1 Corinthians 10:23-33: 1) edification over gratification (v. 23); 2) others over self (v. 24); 3) liberty over legalism (vv. 25-27); and 4) condescension over condemnation (vv. 28-30).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 10:23-30.

Freedom in Forgetting Self


Though it might not always feel like it, jobs are a blessing. Our work allows us to utilize God-given talents, provide for our families, and grow both personally and professionally. See 1 Corinthians 10:31. However, when we feel overlooked or sense that our contributions aren’t valued, emotions like anger or envy get in the way. What should be a source of delight and fulfillment becomes drudgery we avoid at all costs.

The trouble starts when we think of ourselves as individuals rather than as members of the community. We are here to serve and help one another, after all – not to be served (Matthew 20:20-28). That’s why God’s Word says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Putting ourselves last allows us to lay petty concerns down instead of becoming defensive. Then we can experience freedom in the truest sense of the word.

The In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 19, 2021.

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.