Bible Reading and Commentary July 4-9, 2016

Bible Reading and Commentary
July 4-9, 2016

Monday, July 4, I Corinthians 13
Vv. 4-7 — Read and study these verses carefully. This is God’s interpretation of love. It’s far different from the world’s concept of love.
v. 10 — The word translated “perfection,” literally means “when we have reached our goal.” The goal, of course, is heaven. There we shall be made new, without the imperfections that plague us on this earth.
v. 13 — Why is love greater than faith and hope? Perhaps the best answer was given by this church father: “God is not called faith or hope directly. He is called Love.” (I John 4:8) It isn’t faith or hope that brought us eternal life. It was God’s love in Christ (John 3:16). Love is also greater than faith and hope because it has a place on both sides of eternity.

Tuesday, July 5, I Corinthians 14:1-25
v. 5 — Paul does not forbid speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues in the early Christian Church was either talking in a foreign language, as on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), or it was ecstatic speech, speech which God alone or an interpreter could understand. (Cf. vv. 2 & 27) Paul in this chapter warns us about who alone was to use this gift (v. 34) and mentions problems that speaking in tongues caused (vv. 4, 23). It was for this reason he says that the far greater gift is prophecy, the teaching and preaching of God’s Word (vv. 4-5).

Wednesday, July 6, I Corinthians 14:26-40
Because everyone wanted to use his particular gift, the worship services in Corinth were nothing but confusion. This section was written to help the Christians in Corinth put their worship lives back in order
Vv. 26-33 — These verses would help the congregation understand that worship services weren’t simply a showcase for their personal gifts, but that everything done during worship should be intended to build up others in God’s Word.
Vv. 34-35 — I Timothy 2:11-14 will help you understand these verses. Incidentally, what Paul says here makes men chiefly responsible for the preaching and teaching of God’s Word in the Christian congregation.

Thursday, July 7, I Corinthians 15:1-34
Vv. 22-23 — This great chapter testifies to the fact that Jesus, the second Adam, rose from the dead as our Savior and Redeemer, freeing us from sin, death and hell, and opening to us heaven. Verse 21 testifies to the fact that Christ’s resurrection was in bodily form and not as a spirit.
v. 29 — Two interpretations of the baptism for the dead are the following: Luther said Christians were baptized at the grave of a fellow Christian testifying to the resurrection from the dead. Another interpretation is that the godly life and final death of their Christian friend in the sure hope of the resurrection to eternal life prompted the living to desire and receive baptism for the same purpose.

Friday, July 8, I Corinthians 15:35-58
Vv. 42-44 — What will our glorified body be like in heaven? Paul describes its magnificence in vv. 42-44. Underline these verses.
Vv. 54-57 — Through faith in Jesus we need not be afraid of death. Christ’s redemption on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter morning assure us that death has lost its sting. It’s been swallowed up in Christ’s glorious victory over sin, death and hell. Underline these verses.

Saturday, July 9, I Corinthians 16
v. 2 — Our motivation for giving is always the Gospel. Guidelines for giving in the New Testament are in this passage and in II Cor. 9:7. “Saving it up” meant giving to Paul when he arrived, what the Corinthians had gathered. We are to give as God has prospered us. The more God has given to us, the more He expects in return. The purpose of our giving, motivated by His great love for us, is so that people the world over, dying in sin, can hear the gospel from our WELS missionaries, the only means for eternal salvation.

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