The people to whom Peter was writing were scattered and on top of that they were being persecuted. However, verse 2 assures them that they have been: “chosen … sanctified by the Spirit… for obedience to Jesus Christ”. The people were elected for obedience to Christ. The are sanctified and […]
Author: Benjamin Kwashi
“So” or “therefore”: because of what God has done for you and is preparing to do for you, get rid of the following. Remove malice. By being a Christian, selected by God, Satan is your enemy. By being a Christian in the world, the world hates you. Therefore if you […]
You do not win people through many words; you win people by your lives. If we preach and our life does not conform with our preaching people will not believe. But if your life conforms with your preaching they will believe. Therefore the family is very important. You must all […]
Although the whole gospel had been preached to the Corinthians they wanted to effect a compromise, and accept only part of what had been taught. There is also another situation. Both Apollos and the disciples in Ephesus had been taught only a part of the gospel. This they had believed, […]
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 […]
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.