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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

 

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Sectarianism Is Carnal

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1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to ababes in Christ.
2 I fed you with amilk and not with solid food; bfor until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and 1behaving like mere men?
4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

Watering, Working, Warning

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but aministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?
6 aI planted, bApollos watered, cbut God gave the increase.
7 So then aneither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, aand each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For awe are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are bGod’s building.
10 aAccording to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid bthe foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than athat which is laid, bwhich is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day awill declare it, because bit will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 aDo you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If anyone 1defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

CHAPTER 3 References

1 aHeb. 5:13
2 a1 Pet. 2:2
bJohn 16:12
3 1Lit. walking
according to
man
5 a2 Cor. 3:3,
6; 4:1; 5:18;
6:4
6 aActs 18:4
bActs
18:24–27
c[2 Cor. 3:5] 7 a[Gal. 6:3] 8 aPs. 62:12
9 a2 Cor. 6:1
b[Eph.
2:20–22] 10 aRom. 1:5
b1 Cor. 4:15
11 aIs. 28:16
bEph. 2:20
13 a1 Pet. 1:7
bLuke 2:35
16 a2 Cor. 6:16
17 1destroys
18 aProv. 3:7
19 aJob 5:13
20 aPs. 94:11
21 a[2 Cor. 4:5] 23 a2 Cor. 10:7

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aCol. 1:25
bTitus 1:7
3 1Lit. day
5 aMatt. 7:1
bMatt. 10:26
c1 Cor. 3:13
dRom. 2:29
1motives
6 1arrogant
7 aJohn 3:27
1distinguishes
you
8 aRev. 3:17
9 aHeb. 10:33
1Lit. theater
10 aActs 17:18;
26:24 b2 Cor.
13:9

Avoid Worldly Wisdom

18 aLet 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.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, a“He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;
20 and again, a“The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For aall things are yours:
22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours.
23 And ayou are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

Stewards of the Mysteries of God

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1 Let a man so consider us, as aservants of Christ band stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human 1court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
5 aTherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to blight the hidden things of darkness and creveal the 1counsels of the hearts. dThen each one’s praise will come from God.

Fools for Christ’s Sake

6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be 1puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
7 For who 1makes you differ from another? And awhat do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already full! aYou are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a aspectacle 1to the world, both to angels and to men.
10 We are afools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! bWe are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.

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12 aAnd we labor, working with our own hands. bBeing reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
13 being defamed, we 1entreat. aWe have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.

Paul’s Paternal Care

14 I do not write these things to shame you, but aas my beloved children I warn you.
15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for ain Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Therefore I urge you, aimitate me.
17 For this reason I have sent aTimothy to you, bwho is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will cremind you of my ways in Christ, as I dteach everywhere ein every church.
18 aNow some are 1puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.
19 aBut I will come to you shortly, bif the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
20 For athe kingdom of God is not in word but in bpower.
21 What do you want? aShall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

12 aActs 18:3;
20:34 bMatt.
5:44
13 aLam. 3:45
1exhort,
encourage
14 a1 Thess.
2:11
15 aGal. 4:19
16 a[1 Cor.
11:1] 17 aActs 19:22
b1 Tim. 1:2, 18
c1 Cor. 11:2
d1 Cor. 7:17
e1 Cor. 14:33
18 a1 Cor. 5:2
1arrogant
19 aActs 19:21;
20:2 bActs
18:21
20 a1 Thess.
1:5 b1 Cor. 2:4
21 a2 Cor. 10:2

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PSALM 142

A Plea for Relief from Persecutors

A aContemplation1 of David. A Prayer bwhen he was in the cave.

1 I CRY out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.

3 When my spirit 1was aoverwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly bset a snare for me.

PSALM 142 References

title aPs. 32:
title b1 Sam.
22:1; Ps. 57:
title 1Heb.
Maschil
3 aPs. 77:3 bPs.
141:9 1Lit.
fainted
6 1Give heed
7 aPs. 34:1, 2

4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.

5 I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
6 1Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, That I may apraise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me.”

 
 

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