QT – I Corinthians 3

Vs. 16, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you.”  These well known passage was written for a reason and as we look at the context of this chapter, we see why.  The Corinthian Christians had forgotten a foundational truth.  The church is God’s temple & each of us are part of God’s temple.  When we choose to create divisions by putting one on a pedestal and another we scoff at…when we judge & fight other Christians on who is right…we are destroying the very temple of God.  They were still immature in their thinking…and didn’t realize that each person has his/her own gifts they bring to the church.  Paul also compares & contrasts the different builders/workers in the church in the last part of the passage (Vs. 10-23). 
Regarding application…Wise Builders.  Vs. 15, “If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”  This is one of those easily misunderstood passages.  Remember the context: Paul is comparing the different church builders/leaders.  There is the wise builder from Vs. 14, and then the builder who destroys in Vs. 17…and then we come to the builder who is worldy from vs. 15.  There were three types of leaders/builders emerging in Corinth.  And likewise, there were three types of followers who were following these three types of builders (pastors & teachers).  Vs. 15 is speaking of the kind of builder that uses materials that cannot stand the test. This is the pastor who is in a hurry to build a crowd, but does not take time to build a church.  The materials come from the world.  These workers do not test people’s confession by the Word to see if they are truly born again; they merely take them into the church and rejoice in bigger statistics.  When this ministry is tested in eternity, it will burn up. The worker will be saved, but there will be no reward.  Question: Does that make sense?  To expound a bit…this happens more often than we realize even today.  It goes to show you that just because a church professes Christ…doesn’t mean it is a good place to go.  That is why I cannot stress enough over and over again to KNOW GOD’S WORD!  Then you will be able to discern not only what kind of church is truly building on Christ…but also when you serve the Lord…that you would be a builder who builds from His living Word!

QT – I Corinthians 2

Vs. 13, “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught word.”  There are many people who are very charismatic and eloquent in their personality and speech.  They are gifted orators who can inspire a crowd no matter what topic they speak on.  The Apostle Paul, on the other hand, was not the natural gifted speaker that we would assume from his letters (vs. 1).  Greek Philosophy in the culture of the Corinthians was very popular at the time.  Likewise, many people of intelligence will look down upon Christians and their supposed simple way of thinking.  But their wisdom compared to God’s was nothing (vs. 6).

Regarding application…Mind of Christ.  Vs. 16, “for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord    so as to instruct him?”  But we have the mind of Christ.”  A person who is walking with the Lord has the mind of Christ.  Isn’t that great?  The Lord gives us His mind, His thought process, His wisdom to those who seek after Him.  When we have our own mind, we shudder at the very thought of someone else being able to read what we are thinking.  Yet, God does not strike us down for such thoughts…however, He does have a desire to help us to think like Christ.  WWJD bracelets look to action, but perhaps we should WWJTD (What Would Jesus Thoughts Do) as we look to the thing that can prevent the action in the first place!