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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This is the 34th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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To be continued…

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Jottings – Wisdom to Know How to Act in Time of Persecution

“Matthew“


Commenting on Matthew 24:16 ~

 

For one thing, we see that flight from danger may sometimes be the positive duty of a Christian. Our Lord Himself commanded his people under certain circumstances ‘to flee.’ The servant of Christ undoubtedly is not to be a coward. He is to confess his master before men. He is to be willing to die, if needful, for the truth. But the servant of Christ is not required to run into danger, unless it comes in the line of duty. He is not to be ashamed to use reasonable means to provide for his personal safety, when no good is to be done by dying at his post. There is deep wisdom in this lesson. The true martyrs are not always those who court death, and are in a hurry to be beheaded or burned. There are times when it shows more grace to be quiet, and wait, and pray, and watch for opportunities, than to defy our adversaries, and rush into the battle. May we have wisdom to know how to act in time of persecution! It is possible to be rash, as well as to be a coward—and to stop our own usefulness by being over hot, as well as by being over cold.

 

J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), pp. 318f.

 

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Jottings – The Power Of The Old Nature Will Manifest Itself Through The Tongue


Commenting on James 3:8 ~~

 

Such is the power of the old nature that unless there is constant watchfulness and unceasing identification by faith with Christ in His death to sin, it will manifest itself through the tongue long after other evil propensities have been brought into subjection through the power of the cross as applied to the flesh.”

 

 H. A. Ironside, Expository Notes on the Epistles of James. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1947), pp. 36–37.

 

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Jottings – A Godly Man Is A Praying Man


Commenting on Psalm 32:6 ~~

 

A godly man is a praying man. ‘Every one that is godly shall pray unto thee .’ As soon as grace is poured in, prayer is poured out.

 

Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture; accessed on 8/11/13 here: http://www.gracegems.org/Watson/godly_mans_picture3.htm

 

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Jottings – The Way To Grow Strong In Christ Is To Become Weak In Yourself


Oh! beloved, yield your hearts to God. Do not become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is Satan’s net, wherein he catcheth men, like poor silly fish, and doth destroy them. Be not self-sufficient. Think yourselves nothing, for ye are nothing, and live by God’s help. The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself. God poureth no power into man’s heart till man’s power is all poured out. Live, then, daily, a life of dependence on the grace of God. Do not set thyself up as if thou wast an independent gentleman; do not start in thine own concerns as if thou couldst do all things thyself; but live always trusting in God.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Indwelling Sin,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. II. Originally preached on June 1, 1856. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1856), p. 240.

 

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Jottings – I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

“I have a need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.”

 

C.H. Spurgeon, The Salt-cellars: Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes Thereon, Volume 1. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1889), Page 291.

 

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Remembering My Family Heritage

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

My cousin Sandy Sheridan maintains a delightful and encouraging blog named:Verses From Mama— hearing God speak one Bible verse at a time.

Recently, Sandy blogged about our common Grandfather John Thomson. I encourage you to check it out.

Grandpa Thomson, as I called him, is literally the patriarch of our family. He, and his godly wife Henrietta, raised their family of three children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). All three of their children (including my father) became Christians and raised Christians families of their own. This third generation is the generation that Sandy and I are members of. All surviving members of our generation have professed Christ as savior, reached adulthood, and are now raising Chritian families of their own.

Grandma & Grandpa Thomson loved their family deeply. Though they have left this earthly realm, and are now at home with their Lord; we who are left behind continue to benefit from their godly example and legacy. One of my most cherished memories from my teenage years is from a weekend I spent with them in their home. The weekend was not an “exciting” weekend– we did not go skying or to a major league ball game– it was a simple, quiet weekend. However, that weekend made an indelible mark on my life…

When we sat down for a simple lunch grandpa prayed, thanking God for the meal. During his prayer he simply and quickly mentioned every family member by name. Including me. This made an impression on me. When I asked about this afterwards I discovered that this was their daily practice– to pray for every family member every day! Wow. See Philemon 1:4 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2.

God has, and continues to, answer their daily prayers– prayers that were made in simple faith. James 5:16.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. ~~ Psalm 16:6 ESV

Thank you Lord for the godly family heritage that you have given to me. Praise be to God!

Thank you Sandy for your great post!

 

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Jottings – The Secret of Holiness

The Secret of Holiness

“The secret of Christian holiness is heart-occupation with Christ Himself. As we gaze upon Him we become like Him. Do you want to be holy? Spend much time in His presence. Let the loveliness of the risen Lord so fill the vision of your soul that all else is shut out. Then the things of the flesh will shrivel up and disappear and the things of the Spirit will become supreme in your life. We do not become holy by looking into our own hearts. There we only find corruption. Instead we must look away from ourselves and “unto Jesus,” contemplating His holiness, purity, love, compassion, and devotion to the Father’s will. Then we shall be transformed, imperceptibly to ourselves perhaps but none the less surely into His blessed image.”

 

H.A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994.

 

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Jottings – The Triumphant Course With God

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On 2 Chron. 29:3 –
“A course begun with God is sure, in the long run, to prove a triumphant one. There may be failure, difficulty, temptation, sorrow, clouds, and darkness; yet in the end it will be made manifest that, he who begins his course in the sanctuary will end it in the glory. ‘They that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.’ (Psalm 92:12.)”

 

C. H. Mackintosh, Reflections on the Life and Times of Hezekiah, (New York: Loizeaux Brothers), p. 7. [Italics original.]

 

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Jottings – The Joy Of The Lord In Our Midst

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“Ah, my friends, it is a great thing to have the Name of the Lord as our centre, and to taste the joy of the Lord in our midst. To ensure this, what God wants is simplicity. He wants you just to be what you are. And what are you? If you are a believer in Jesus, you are a child of God, an heir of glory, and you are of the company of the sanctified. You belong to that blessed One on high. You are His, and He is yours. And all His heart, all His strength, and all that He is is yours; and ‘He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’ So that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear. What shall man do unto me?’ (Hebrews 13:6). The fact is, a saint that is right with God, goes through this dark world like a glow-worm. As you pass through this scene, you go with the exhilarating sense that you have no power save that which is of God, and that is infinite. You have, and are to count on all the resources of God being with you in the day of battle. What a wonderful thing it is to be a saint of God in the night of Christ’s absence.”

 

W.T.P. Wolston, “Jehoshaphat’s Victory (2 Chronicles 20:1-30), in Handfuls of Purpose Part 3 (Miscellaneous, chapters 15 – 30). Accessed on 7/6/14 here: http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/wolston/HAND318.html

 

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