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.
Author: Benjamin Kwashi
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.
The letter of Queen Victoria to the king of the Egba kingdom, Western Nigeria, in reply to the Egba king was full of respect for the request of the Egba people to agree on the terms of partnership between England and Egba kingdom. To abolish human sacrifice, abolish slave trade and engage in goods trade, education and technology.
Paul always worked with a team of colleagues: his was not a one-man show; he did not seek for a personal following, or personal fame.
Time and again in the New Testament, we hear of the problems and dangers of false teaching and half truths. This must be countered by true faith and sound doctrine. This involves discipline and “training in godliness” (v.7b-8). Training for physical fitness has value, but training for spiritual fitness has […]
The Kingdom of God cannot be separated from the cross. For a lot of people, the cross is a symbol and stands for many things. Many love it, many are inspired by it and a number of other hate it and will not want it on building or printed on […]
Our readings are very appropriate as we round 2016 and look towards a New Year. Shall we journey into that New Year in the light or shall we grope our way through the darkness? The person who walks in the darkness does not know where he/she is going and cannot see the dangers, the signs,
The way for the gospel had been prepared by the Old Testament prophets, ending with John the Baptist. The gospel is about the Son: on the human level He came from the descendants of King David; on the spiritual level He was shown to be Son of God. Born in […]