Resources from 1 Corinthians

The Sitting of the Refiner

THIS is spoken of as one of the results of the coming of the Lord: he would test and try all things, destroy the false and the evil, and make those pure whom he permitted to remain. Behold, the Promised One has come! He whom Israel sought suddenly appeared in his temple as the messenger of the covenant. Glad were the eyes of Simeon, and Anna, and all those who...

1 Corinthians 4:7

Soul Saving Our One Business

IT is a grand thing to see a man thoroughly possessed with one masterpassion. Such a man is sure to be strong, and if the master-principle be excellent, he is sure to be excellent too. The man of one object is a man indeed. Lives with many aims are like water trickling through innumerable streams, none of which is wide enough or deep enough to float the merest cockleshell of...

1 Corinthians 9:22

The Special Call and the Unfailing Result

As I look round upon this large Church, numbering far above two thousand members, my soul is often cast down within me, yea, I am brought into the lowest depths of anxiety. Who is sufficient for these things? To order and distribute its sacred offices aright, to govern, with discretion, to exercise discipline with prudence, to hide a strong' hand, and to show at all times a loving heart— such...

1 Corinthians 1:9

Without Carelessness

AT the time when Paul wrote these words he was giving judgment as to whether it was expedient for Christians in those days to marry. The question was whether they were likely to be better Christians married or unmarried. This was a question of much delicacy, and Paul answered it with remarkable discretion and fidelity; and in so doing he laid down a great general principle, which is of much...

1 Corinthians 7:32

Helps

IT appears, according to the apostle Paul, that, according to the diversity of gifts which proceeded from the selfsame Spirit of God, those who gave assistance to the early church, did so in different ways. He tells us that “God hath set some in the church, first apostles.” These were to go from place to place founding churches and ordaining ministers. There were next, “secondarily, prophets,” some of whom littered...

1 Corinthians 12:28

Now, and Then

Jan 16      In this chapter the apostle Paul has spoken in the highest terms of charity or love. He accounts it to be a grace far more excellent than any of the spiritual gifts of which he had just before been speaking. It is easy to see that there were good reasons for the preference he gave to it. Those gifts you will observe, were distributed among godly men, to...

1 Corinthians 13:12

"If There be no Resurrection,—."

Feb 20 OUR religion is not based upon opinions, but upon facts. We bear persons sometimes saying, “Those are your views, and these are ours.” Whatever your “views” may be, is a small matter; what are the facts of the case? We must, after all, if we want a firm foundation, come down to matters of fact. Now, the great facts of the gospel are that God was incarnate in Christ Jesus,...

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Grace for Grace

May 19 THE course of our fallen race has been a succession of failures. Whenever there has been an apparent rise, it has been followed by a real fall. Into ever-increasing darkness the human mind seems resolved to plunge itself in its struggles alter a false light. When men have been fools, they have danced in a delirium of sin; when they have been sober, they have given themselves up to a...

1 Corinthians 2:12

The Greatest Exhibition of the Age

May 5 FIRST, let me say that the Lord’s supper is nothing to us unless we partake of it as spiritual persons in a spiritual way. We must understand what we are doing in coming to the communion table; the mere mechanical celebration will be vanity; it may even be a sin. To observe this ordinance aright, you must bring your mind in an awakened state, you must come with holy faith,...

1 Corinthians 11:26

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