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August 1, 2022 6:00 am
God's servants were like Paul is whatever we come in. We unravel the meaning of the text.
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Skip, I think what God is a phrase that appears 45 times in Scripture that the game changing rates means that no matter who you are about what you have done no matter how you may have failed. The truth is God can make things different for you, from now on, but God discover the power of God in Scripture and why it's a game changer for your own life with the black-eyed teaching series from Pastor Skip I think our thanks when you get $35 or more to help keep this Bible teaching ministry on the air. Get your CD collection today. Call 819 to 1888, or get online securely connectwithskip.com/offer. Okay, let's get into today's first strip as we begin our study with Skip is another way to do that is systematic of God's teaching the Bible.
Listen listen listen through born verse by verse chapter by chapter by book Genesis to Revelation 0626 that's long and laborious. Now here's the downside of that the growth will be slower usually than the sensational ones, but it will be solid. That's the plus that's apposite to be solid broke your growing people's lives are taking them from carnality to spirituality are not just haranguing them in and have enough rally where you say some profile shouted go from one part of the stage to another job people clapping every little thing you say like a little holy pep rally and you're even impressed with what you say but your building deep spiritual truths are your your your building them up and true the new you're going deep and it will show and it will last up one. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved as though by fire, do you not know that you are the temple of God's Spirit of God dwells in you. If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him for the temple of God is holy, which temple are you a couple of things about these verses is not speaking about the human body individually is not speaking about your body, you know, we call ourselves individually. I disses I'm I'm the temple. Personally this is the temple right to take care of my took the temple usually speak individually, that it is true you are, individually, the temple of God. God does well and you but one pauses you here it's it's a plural you he's writing collectively to the church is not thinking of individual Christians that have individual personal relationships with Christ and are individual little temples. He sent all of you together as the church, the body of Christ. That is where God was. You are the temple of God, God dwells in you and he says if anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.
This is a warning.
Evidently there were people coming into the Corinthian church were trying to divide. There were false teachers and causing havoc in ruining things.
That's why they have the issues that they had and so he says luck of anybody's messing with the church. God cannot mess with him. You're trying to destroy or wreck havoc on the church look out your touching. You know the apple of his eye. Light, like Saul of Tarsus's. Also, why do you persecute me.
Who are you, Lord, I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. And I told you so many times that Jesus so identified with his people that if you're going after them. Jesus is untaken a personal you're messing with my people. I take it personally or come after me, so you try to defile the temple of God, God will destroy you. The temple of God is holy, which temple you collectively are. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it is written, he catches the wise in their own craftiness about the quote from the book of Job, chapter 5 work one of the friends of Job named Eliphaz the team the night said this Paul pulls that out, though Eliphaz gave what Abaddon buys to Job.
He did make a few statements that were right on. And true and this is one of the poles that out. He catches the wise in their own craftiness and again, quoting now from Psalm 94 the Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.
Therefore, let no one glory in men for all things are yours whether Paul or Apollo's or Cephas or the world or life or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours and you are Christ and Christ is God just so you know if you're interested. If not, have another thought. I guess for the next few moments, but this is a figure of speech: mannerism and Paul does this a few times he does is at the end of Romans chapter 8 Ron persuaded life or death of principalities and powers of things, things present member when he does that nothing will separate us from the love of God's ultimate terrorism in Americas. It was a figure speech whereby you up objects that are poles apart opposite the part that is reporting a pole here up all their things present, things to come, life, death, this, that and are putting them in any saying that it encompasses everything between all of those goals just a way of saying nothing can separate us from the love of God in Romans eight or this is another way of saying everything you need. God will give you you're not going to be lacking in anything.
All are yours God gave you Paul. God gave you Cephas God gave you a Paul is all for your spiritual benefit and you are Christ's, and Christ is God, so he he summing up humanity and the need for unity so you belong to Christ and your brother in the church of Corinth that you're arguing with because you're in a different group than he or she is. They also belong to Christ. And since you both belong to Christ, you should figure that out and get along is a good reason for unity when Jesus taught us to pray. He said when you pray, say, this was a first. What was the first word is our father, American evangelicals of the dog. A personal relationship with God. Okay, why did Jesus say when you pricing my father I make a person was always our father why because Christianity came to take out words like I am being mine and replace it with hours us and we by the way, you know what you're some fastening in the book of Revelation.
There are several different anthems of praise songs in the book of Revelation.
Not one song in the book of Revelation is a solo your 24 elders singing praising you have the angels in heaven, joining them and singing together, praising God, you have those who overcome the beast after the tribulation. Singing together with harps in their hands giving praise God is never a solo there's always anthems of people singing together so Paul is dealing with the area of unity your Christ.
Christ is God's. And he continues the theme if we can make it part of it. Let try let a man so consider us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful with me. It is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. Now I know that some of you know the answer to this and so I'm asking you to shout it out if you know, usually in the New Testament when Paul says, I'm a servant of Christ from a bondservant of Christ. What is the word. The Greek word that he usually uses anybody now shut up due to loss or do loss or do los or do lawyer for plural so that that that's typical Paul, a servant of the Lord. He often begins his letters that way. He calls himself a servant is translated servant here in verse one, let's consider what a man so consider us servants would use a different word is the word that means under rollover under rollover or under oarsmen.
It speaks of being in a large ship a galley ship run by slaves who all who have oars in their calling on those doors and in synchronize fashion and are taking orders from a supervisor, and so they are under rowers there under the galley of the shipper galley slaves, so that's a picture. Paul wants to put in our minds that some medicals of the boss of the church were slaves were galley slaves.
It's Christchurch. He's the one shouting out the orders.
I'm just the under Roseman so let a man so consider us as servants who paired Thomas under rowers are under under oarsmen, so servants and stewards. So were given a trust that said Stewart you manage that trust stewards of the mystery of God that is me as is God servants weather were planning the church or write a policy or Cephas, whatever we come in.
We unravel the meaning of the text. We explained the meaning of the text we make it clear to you. We are stewards of the mysteries about George before the mystery here doesn't mean like murder mystery means it was a secret, hidden in the Old Testament, but now revealed in the New Testament so Paul and others are stewards of that mystery, know something about a galley slave because buses just quit when you think of us moving Apollo pause and think what superheroes of the fate actually were like galley slaves, you know that in a ship, the hardest job was to be a galley slave was the hardest positions you could have been an ancient ship that the words pausing I get started. Say something to work in the ministry. Like Paul, or like a policy like Cephas to be easy. If you do it right so to be hard. Remember my mom and are sketchy at the fees for obnoxious boys whom I was last and we would you know we would have food and mood.
We complain about any man remember sometimes she can lose it. Mom never do that here in a month earlier Teresa my mom but there's a good you know what she says I like it. I slave over a hot stove all day long for you for boys and I'll never forget that because I see that is my job to slave over a hot stove so to speak, to really labor in the word in a doctrine to spend hour after hour digging into the tax understanding so that it can be made plain that I just feel it's it's that's the job of the under rowers work hard to make it easy for people to digest the true visitor in the Scripture, as it says a Nehemiah make sense of give the sense get the understanding wherever it is required in stewards that one be found faithful with me as a very small thing that I should be judged by you, Corinthian's, or by a human court.
In fact, I do not even judge my self.
Paul knew that he was being evaluated by them. He heard the reports. It's the way it is.
If you're in public, anything you are scrutinized in public and from public ministry get scrutinized in public. That's limited next is the way this but let me just say the easiest activity in the world takes no effort at all. No brains at all is to be a critic. Just remember that and I just explained to you in a nutshell, the world of social media pretty much easiest thing in the world is sister make because when we are quick it once you develop a critical eye toward people and toward things.
It's hard to stop. It's hard to reel it in.
It's hard to use restraint hard to govern yourself. So it's best to think the highest of someone realizing you don't know their motives and like you have to stand before you. Thank God for future rewards or disapproval. So, though Paul did have a tender conscience and he said I lived in conscience, good conscience before God and man. And to this day goes even judge myself.
I know nothing against myself but as I I don't I don't know that I'm doing anything wrong in ministry that I can but I can pinpoint yet I not justified by this but he who judges me is the Lord therefore judge nothing before the time until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and revealed the councils of the heart, and then each one's praise will come from God.
Dates are August and before the judgment seat of Christ, right. But let there be no prejudgment before the judgment seat you not like to prejudge before that. I know that December. The judges you guys later Nana got to me first make sure they hear this part, we do need a ministry.
Thank you very much know these things brother in verse six, I figured figuratively transferred to myself in a policy for your sakes that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written in a none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against another roommate should differ from another and what you have that you did not receive know if you indeed did receive a white your glories. If you hadn't received what John the Baptist said when his disciples, his own followers again. This guy named Jesus is gaining a lot more popularity than you Johnson listen. Nobody can do anything unless he receives it from God. And then he said he must increase, I must decrease. Now Paul in verse eight gets into some holy sarcasm. You are already full.
You are already rich. You have reigned as Kings without us, and indeed I could wish you did rain. We also might rain with you. It's sarcastic speech.
Obviously, as you can tell because he's writing to people he just said you are carnal and now he says all your already fall your already rich with ranges Kings without us. Let me let me rephrase it for you. You guys are already acting like it's the millennial kingdom and you have received your reward and jurisdiction of raining with the Messiah you already acting that way.
But where I was. I was rich like you guys I wish I was in the position you are but I'm too busy being an apostle preaching the gospel in getting beat up for us. The sarcasm is used for.
I think that God has displayed us the apostles. Last, as men condemned to death were we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and demand. Now keep this a micros later on prescribed in chapter 12. Paul will give a list and he says God has put the apostles first. The apostles are first. First, the apostles, then the prophets then teachers he got a list. The order but here he says I think God is displayed us the apostles at last, as men condemned to death as we have been made a spectacle now that is a word picture for a Roman general after a Roman general won a battle the Roman it have a triumph per session to Rome. Some of the monuments to those are still in Rome. To this day. You can walk under these arches that were put there couple thousand years ago.
So the general after winning the battle would make a parade, victory parade through Rome, the people would be applauding the general as he was lifted up on his throne and carried by his royal guard and then behind them was displayed all the spoils of war that were collected. The things they stole when they plundered the different people that were with behind that last in the possession were prisoners of war. Men condemned to die.
They were usually taken to the arena and either competed or fed the wild beasts and Paul says it seems like God has allowed us to be those people we are rich and influential as also as you guys with all the critique in the world against people like us. I'm too busy getting beat up and I am displayed last we are fools for Stanford pricing which you are wise in Christ we are weak, but you are strong you are distinguishable. We are dishonored, even to the present hour.
We both hunger and thirst, and are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless, and we labor working with our own hands being reviled. We blast being persecuted, we endure it, being defamed we entreat. We have been made, the filth of the world.
The off scoring of all things until now. That's Paul's life. I do not write these things to shame you know if I'm in cartogram, hang my head but I feel pretty busted by that I didn't write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children. I warn you, for though you might have 10,000 instructors in Christ, if you do not have many fathers for in Christ Jesus, I have begotten you through the gospel.
Paul said he was a servant. Paul said he was a steward, Paul said he was a plantar.
Paul said he was a builder. Now Paul pulls out kind of the card of authority and says yeah but I'm also your father because I was the one who led you to Christ, and he wasn't using this is because of that I have more authority you say that because of that I have more responsibility and that's why he's taking this tone.
This parental tone with them. I have begotten you to the gospel.
Therefore, I urge you imitate me for this reason I have sent Timothy to you was my beloved and faithful son in the Lord who will remind you of my ways.
In Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. Some are puffed up as though I were not coming to you but I will come to you shortly if the Lord wills memories in Ephesus writing this letter. If the Lord wills. I will know not the word of those who are puffed up, the power for the kingdom of God is not in word but in power what you want.
Shall I come to you with a rod or in love in a spirit of gentleness.
You make the choice I'm coming and those guys who are stirring up all the trouble I'm in to see him face-to-face Embassy had if there is as big as it is what I'm hearing.
There is going to get in their grill and get I eyeball to eyeball with them and II can come in a gentle or I can come got hard. You make the choice so all kind of ramps back up his authority as the apostle founder of the church and I will tell you why.
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Some were saying that they were of the authors of the policy. Others of and the problem was it was ruining their unity so they have their eyes on the servants of the Lord, rather than having their eyes on the Lord of those