Dec 4 1Co 14:26-16:24; Pro 23:6-16

“Let all things be done for edification” (14:26). Paul is talking about worship here. The root of the word used here for upbuilding (oikos) means house or home. The word used can mean strengthening, encouragement, and even a building or structure. His point is that we are not to tear other believers down, especially in worship. “God is not a God of confusion, but of peace” (14:33). There should be a period following “peace” and the start of a new sentence going into verse thirty-four. However, most of our translations badly confuse this. And yes, verse thirty-four belongs there, right on through verse thirty-six (it goes right along with 1 Timothy 2:11-15). I should not have to explain why it is there, those who ignore it should have to explain why they do so–and in a manner which protects the integrity of Scripture rather than destroying it. Verse thirty-eight at them!) “Let all things [worship is the priority here again] be done properly and in an orderly manner” (14:40).

One could make great mistakes if a verse of 15:12-19 were read out of context. It is important ALWAYS to use verses in context. When someone else uses a verse to prove a point, look up the verse to ensure 1) that they have not “twisted” the verse, and 2) that they have used it in context! And be sure not to twist verses at all yourself.

Verse 27 teaches us something important. Paul speaks of Christ and of “all things being subjected to Him” and states that “it is evident [obvious] that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.” It is difficult for many folks to realize that “all” does not always mean “ALL.” It often means “all of a group,” all of the elect or all of the evil. And it can often mean “most” more so than “every single one.” All in “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23; 5:12) does not mean all of creation, but all of humanity, a subset of creation. I think a major problem in this area of misunderstanding is a lack of familiarity with logic, and I don’t mean common sense. I mean a thorough basis in the field of logic.

Verse 29 is problematic any way you look at it. The Mormons read it and say, “See, there is biblical evidence for our practice.” We read it and wonder what Paul meant. I think there was a major misunderstanding about baptism in the early church. Many (for various reasons) did not get baptized until they were close to death. Some then died before they were baptized and other believers baptized someone else in their place. We should be baptized after we have become believers and God moves us to do so. There is nothing magical about baptism (sorry to burst your bubble). But it is an act of obedience to God. I guess what astounds me in this sections is Paul’s brief mention that he fought wild beasts at Ephesus! (verse 32). I’d like more details, but they are lacking. If you want to know more you’ll have to wait until you get to heaven and ask Paul. In the remainder of this verse he quotes a verse that shows what I was saying earlier about context. I had a friend in high school who quoted this verse out of context and said it proved that it was alright for Christians to get drunk. I made him show me the verse and then showed him the context!

Don’t think you’re so great; “bad company will ruin your good morals!” (15:33).

Although the statement is made in another context (hmm) I think it is safe for us to say that Paul confirms the fact that there is a difference between us and all the other living being of creation, and that they differ from one another–despite the lies of evolution (15:39).

What do you suppose it means to bear the image of the heavenly (15:49)?

“Be alert, stand firm in your faith and act like men (NOT like children or old women), and let all that you do be seasoned with the love of Christ” (16:13-14).

“Be accursed” of 16:22 is anathema in the Greek. Maranatha is Aramaic for “O Lord come!”

Proverbs: The eating of a meal with someone was a special act to the Jews. Therefore the admonition not to eat the food of a selfish person. He will begrudge you every bite. Verse 9 becomes evident when one is around heckling fools. Be honest. Do not oppress, especially the weak. God is watching! Do NOT refrain from disciplining your children. It is for their own good (and yours as well). There is never a reason to envy evil persons.