Vs. 11, “In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.” It is easy for the ignorant to misconstrue Paul’s words in this chapter. The Corinthian church might have come to a place where the relationship of men & women in the church was getting misunderstood. Paul was not concerned, as some have argued, for the submission of women…but rather that the completeness or glory of their relationship not be diminished. The issue of head coverings must have been a culturual thing, for Paul did not admonish the Ephesian women to do likewise. It would be comparable to the differences of Korean & American cultures and how that is played in the church settings. It’s a cultural thing that was going on. As Christians, it is our duty to obey the cultures when we are in a different setting so long as they do not violate God’s black & white laws.
Regarding application…Preparing for Service. Vs. 28, “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” While we don’t physically partake in communion every week, there is a huge application to this. The Corinthian Christians would commune together and bring food before communion. The problem was, the rich would only share with each other while the poor would go hungry…some would even get drunk! That is why Paul would lash out at them so harshly. They were forgetting the whole reason why Jesus would give us this communion example for us to follow. It came down to the people not preparing their hearts & remembering why they were coming to church. Sure, they had the basics down like all of us do…but their intentions were not for Christ and definitely not for the good of others. Anytime we come to church, we must examine ourselves each time to make sure we are there to encourage & be of beneift to others & to Christ!