Those who should have seen and led were blind…. “the people” who would not have been expected to understand “rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him” (v.17). The owner of the fig tree could find no fruit on the tree and so passed judgement on the […]
Author: Benjamin Kwashi
We have been seeing the apostle Paul’s deep concern that the Corinthian church should be built up as one body in the truth. Paul had a real passion for the gospel: “Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man […]
From these verses and from chapter 14, it is clear that in Corinth there was one particular way in which the people thought that the Spirit should be manifested: ecstatic utterance. This was similar to what we know as “speaking in tongues”, but it may have gone further and involved […]
The church in Corinth was young in the faith. It was also immature in many ways. We have seen that there were problems of divisions, factions and “party spirit”; now we see the problems of sexual immorality. A man was having a sexual relationship with his stepmother – a forbidden […]
Many cases of physical ill-health are products of spiritual ill-health. In this story Jesus first told the man to take up his bed and walk; but later when the man sought him out, Jesus warned him not to sin any more (verses 8, 14). Jesus never asked people to come for healing. He first taught them and showed them how to live, because if you were to heal the body without such teaching, the healing would only be temporary.
Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Today’s verse reminds us that the gospel concerns every aspect of life, from the public to the private, from the church to the home, from the market place to the bedroom. God’s standards apply in every situation.
The church in Corinth was young in the faith. It was also immature in many ways. We have seen that there were problems of divisions, factions and “party spirit”; now we see the problems of sexual immorality. A man was having a sexual relationship with his stepmother – a forbidden relationship.
The Jews wanted proof about Jesus – and so do many people today. The proof is there, but many are blind. The Jews had had the witness of John the Baptist. Then at Jesus’ baptism there had been the Father’s voice and the descent of the Spirit as a dove […]
It seems that there were some in Corinth who were questioning Paul’s authority and leadership. Their idea of an apostle was that he was a person who lorded it over others and made sure that everyone knew he was the master. In contrast, they saw Paul as being far too soft and weak (see also 2 Cor.10:7-11:15). Our Lord Jesus Christ made it absolutely clear that he had not come to earth “to be served, but to serve” (Mt.20:28). If that is the pattern for the Master, how can any Christian seek for anything different!
Vines grow slowly and need much patient care and work, perhaps for several years, before they bear fruit. Very many of the people listening to Jesus would have grown vines, and so this naturally suggested itself as a picture of how God cares for his people. The solidarity of Jesus and his disciples was like that of the main stem and the branches.