Resources from 1 Corinthians

Faithful Stewardship

Apr 14 IT is well that our dear brethren should make a right account of us. Paul says, in the verse preceding our text, “Let a man so account of us,” for there are some who make a wrong reckoning as to the ministers of the gospel. Some go to an extreme, for they glory in men. One glories in Paul, who is so deep in doctrine; another in Cephas, who is...

1 Corinthians 4:2

Comfort for the Tempted

Sep 27 THE children of God are all subject to temptation; some of them are tempted more than others, but I am persuaded that there is not one, except those who are too young to be conscious of evil, who will enter heaven without having endured some temptation. If any one could have escaped, surely it would have been “the firstborn among many brethren;” but you will remember how he was led...

1 Corinthians 10:13

What the Lord’s Supper Sees and Says

Jul 1 THERE is something very tender about the supper which Christ has instituted, for it very specially concerns himself. Other things set forth the truths which he taught, or the blessings which he purchased, or the duties which he enjoined; but this supper has mainly to do with our Lord Jesus Christ himself. True, as we think and speak of it, wo shall learn precious doctrine, and we shall be incited...

1 Corinthians 9:26

Partnership with Christ

Mar 29 PAUL is here arguing for the safety, the perseverance, and the ultimate perfection, of the saints to whom he is writing. He thanks God for what he has done for them, and is assured that he will do yet more, — that he will certainly confirm them unto the end, that they may be blameless in the day of Jesus Christ; and the apostle bases his argument upon this truth:...

1 Corinthians 1:9

A Marvellous Change

Sep 7 THE gospel is as holy as the law. The gospel is full of mercy to sinners, but it shows no mercy to sin. The gospel speaks most tenderly to the ungodly, but it speaks most sternly to ungodliness. There is a great difference made, in the New Testament, between the sinner and the sin; and while the sinner is, in infinite mercy, spared, encouraged to hope, and wooed by love...

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The Right Observance of the Lord’s Supper

Jun 4 WE have no respect whatever for the ordinances of men in religion. Anything that is only invented by churches, or councils, is nothing whatever to us. We know of two ordinances instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ, — the baptism of believers and the Lord’s supper; and we utterly abhor and reject all pretended sacraments of every kind. And because we observe these two ordinances, and these two only, we...

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Fallen Asleep

Jan 29 WRITING concerning the brethren who had seen the Lord Jesus Christ after his resurrection, and of whom “above five hundred” were present at one time, Paul said that, at the date when he was writing this Epistle, “the greater part” remained alive, “but,” he added, “some are fallen asleep.”      We might have thought that God, in great mercy, would have preserved the lives of those five hundred brethren to...

1 Corinthians 15:6

Examination before Communion

Oct 2 IT can never be too clearly understood that spiritual ordinances are for spiritual persons only. Baptism and the Lord’s supper belong lo believers, and to none but believers; and it is an evil thing for any church to give either the one or the other of those two ordinances to those who are destitute of “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” There would have been no...

1 Corinthians 11:28

Love's Labours

Sep 4 THE grace of charity, or love, of which so much is most admirably spoken in this chapter, is absolutely essential to true godliness. So essential is it that, if we have everything beside, but have not charity, it profiteth us nothing. The absence of charity is absolutely fatal to vital godliness; so saith the Holy Ghost in this chapter. When, then, you read the apostle's high encomiums of charity, do...

1 Corinthians 8:7

Grace Preferred to Gifts

Sep 1 THERE are among us many who have recently joined the visible Church of Christ. We have heartily welcomed them, and we desire always to entertain concerning them a joyous feeling of thankfulness that they have united with us. May they never have to regret it, and may the Church of God never have to regret it, either! Dear friend, now that you have become a member of a Christian church,...

1 Corinthians 12:31