Devotional – Self Examination

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:27-28 ESV

As Christians it is our privilege to meet together each Lord’s Day to remember our Lord Jesus Christ through the symbolism of bread and wine.  Before partaking of the bread and wine, however, Paul cautions us to first examine ourselves to ensure we partake in a worthy manner.

Are you harboring unconfessed sin?  Do you have feelings of bitterness or even hatred towards a fellow believer? If so, confess them to the Lord and then partake of the Supper.

One last thought: Paul instructs each person to examine himself.  He does not instruct us to examine and judge each other!

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Editorial note: Originally published November 8, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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1 Corinthians 7:17-24 — Remaining With God As You Were Called


 

 

But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 KJV

 

Many people were saved when in difficult circumstances. What should they do? Try and change what seemed impossible to change?

Paul explains a principle that will help as new believers face these difficulties.

 

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1 Corinthians 7:10-16 — Staying Together or Separating


 

 

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 KJV

 

This section of First Corinthians 7:10-16 KJV addresses two scenarios:

1. Whether Christian couples should separate when they have marital problems.
2. Whether a couple, one of whom gets saved after they get married, are obligated to stay together if their life becomes unbearable.

God’s desire is that marriages should be harmonious and that couples should enjoy the pleasures of marriage in every respect. If they don’t there is a way forward.

May the Lord help you if you are facing these issues.

 

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Jottings – Who Then Should We Examine?

“Jottings“

Commenting on 1 Corinthians 11:28:

 

The Corinthians neglected to examine themselves, but they were experts at examining everybody else. When the church gathers together, we must be careful not to become “religious detectives” who watch others, but who fail to acknowledge our own sins.

 
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Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print.

 

 

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1 Corinthians 7:6-9 Promoting Single Life


 

 

But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn 1 Corinthians 7:6-9 KJV

 

If you are single you might feel at times that everyone expects you to be married. It would seem that it is the norm to be married but many people live all of their life without getting married. In this passage Paul promotes the single life. He shows how it is advantageous if you want to devote your life to serving God. The Lord Jesus, as recorded in the gospels, taught that some people are single for the Kingdom of God’s sake. As you watch this video bible teaching clip you will learn that God calls us all to different lifestyles – some to be single and some to be married.

The key is to be where God wants you to be!

 

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1 Corinthians 7:1-2 Marriage and Devotion


 

 

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:1-2 KJV

 

The Apostle Paul starts this section with a robust statement about the need for marriage to keep Christians sexually pure. Sex within marriage should satisfy our sexual desires and maintain the purity of our lives by physically fulfilling relationships.

We need to look at the whole of chapter seven to get the full picture but this initial talk sets the scene.

 

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1 Corinthians 6:13-15 – Use Your Body For The Glory of God


 

 

Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 1 Corinthians 6:13-15 KJV.

 

In this section the Apostle Paul makes a very strong case not only for a clean, moral life but that your body belongs to the Lord. This is teaching that will affect your whole lifestyle.

May the Lord help us to live for his glory.

 

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1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Don’t Settle for Mediocrity

 

 

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 KJV.

 

Today we are resuming our ongoing study in the book of 1 Corinthians by looking at chapter six verses 12 though 20. The last installment in this series can be found here.

 

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The Headcovering – Redux

I’m pleasantly surprised that my recent post concerning headship and it’s symbolic practice generated some buzz on various social media sites– which translated into a greater than usual number of page views.

 

 

If you are interested in this topic here are some resources that I have found helpful….

As always, be a good Berean!

 

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The Headcovering – It’s Not Just An Assembly Thing [updated]


 

 

If you were to visit my church on a Sunday morning one of the first things you would probably notice is that the sisters have their heads covered, and the brothers have their heads uncovered. If you are not accustomed to this practice you would probably wonder why.

One might think it is simply based on longstanding tradition and not on God’s Word. The practice, however, is based on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and other related passages that deal with the subject of headship.

I find it interesting that as many assemblies move away from the symbolic practice of headship there is a growing rediscovery of this truth and practice in other congregations.

By way of example I have posted the above video. The accompanying sermon notes can be found here.

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Video credit:
Published on May 13, 2014
Dr. Carlton C. McLeod, Senior Founding Pastor
Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake
740 Great Bridge Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23323
www.crcchesapeake.org

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6.6.2014 13:12 EST update

This is a follow up video from Dr. Carlton C. McLeod:

 

 

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Like this post? See a follow up post: The Headcovering – Redux

 

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