Tuesday, November 13, 2018

QT - 1 Corinthiens 15 :35-49

Key verse 15:45

Paul teaches us through the parable of grain what is the principle and essence of the resurrection. Then he tells us what the glory of the resurrection revealed by Adam and Jesus Christ is.

1. The principle of resurrection (35-44)
Paul explains how the resurrection is made possible and with what body one resurrects through the parable of grain (35). Just as the grain, after being sown and dead in the earth, comes to life again and takes the body proper to each species (36-38), so is the resurrection of the dead. In other words, even if we bury our corruptible bodies in the earth, we will take up a new spiritual body to relive (42-43). Like the creature belonging to heaven or earth, such as man, animal, bird, fish, etc. to each one's own body with its own beauty (40-41), the natural human body and the spiritual body after resurrection each have its own form and glory (44). The body after the resurrection will possess the form and the glory which will be incomparable with those of the natural body of the earth and which are eternal.

2. The glory of the resurrection (45-49)
Indeed, the glory of which Paul speaks means the "glory of God" which is seen among creatures, so there is the difference between the glory revealed by the earthly bodies and the glory revealed by the heavenly bodies. Paul continues his statement by comparing the first man Adam with the last Adam who is Jesus Christ. The first man Adam was only "a living being" that had been made with dust, but the last Adam, Christ is "a life-giving spirit" that was born from heaven (45-47). Believers who come to have the corruptible body because of the commission of the sin of the first man Adam will come to have a glorious body as the risen Jesus, thanks to His resurrection (48-49). Therefore, believers must reject corruptible things on earth, but live with living hope in the glorious kingdom of heaven.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

1Corinthians 13:1-13 (Daily Bread of 9/11/2018)


Verse Key 13: 8

The greatest gift that is love is eternal. In this chapter of love, we can learn what spiritual love is and its eternal character.

1. Giving without love is useless (1-7)

Paul says that at the heart of the gifts is love. Paul says in 3 sentences at the beginning of the chapter, all gifts, however powerful, if they are deprived of love, they are worthless. Despite the abundant gifts found among Corinthian members, this church did not improve, but rather degenerated into disorder and confusion. The reason was because their lives and activities were not based on love. Love is so high, wide and great and deep that it is difficult to describe. But the love described by 15 verbs here is not something abstract or theoretical. Love is defined rather with these concrete words such as service, sacrifice or self-denial. The gift of the Spirit confers power on those who possess it through the practice of such love.

2. Love is eternal (8-13)

On the last day when all is accomplished, there will only be love left. As there will be no need for repentance or moral teaching, prophecy will be abolished and as everyone will communicate without language barriers, the gift of language will not be necessary, any more than knowledge. Just as the child undresses himself from his childishness to become an adult, just as we can see face to face whereas in the past we only saw through the mirror, so everything will become clear and we will come to understand all things. As faith and hope are fulfilled, they too will disappear, but love will not disappear. Faith is powerful to move the mountain, but it cannot save and grow a soul. Faith that acts with love is the true faith. The way to be one beyond differences is love. If everyone acts with perfect love, the church will prosper. Love is the greatest thing.

Friday, November 9, 2018

QT - 1 Corinthians 10 :1-11 :1

Keep yourself from falling ! 

Key Verse 10: 12 

Paul firstly talks about the story of Israel pointing out what we must do when temptation comes. Then he deals with the problem of freedom of conscience in relation to sacrificed meat.

1. The lesson of Israel's history (1-13) 
Israel experienced so much grace and power of God in the desert. The cloud covering the people's burning heat, the divided red sea, the manna, and the water coming out of the rock. Despite so much blessing, Israel adored the golden calf and committed adultery with the Moabites, so that 23,000 succumbed the same day. The plaintiffs perished by the bite of the burning snakes. Israel, who did not thank the love of God and the blessing because of their pride, all perishes in the judgment of God. Whoever thinks he is standing, must be careful not to fall. In spite of the very serious test in our eyes, God does not give it beyond our capacities. Moreover, knowing our limits, he also gives us the way to divert it.

2. The freedom of conscience of the Christian (23-11: 1)
Even if it is the sacrificed meat, as it is God who gives it, we can eat it without hindrance in the consciousness. But there are weak Christians who have the motive of very susceptible conscience. At this moment, one must abstain from freedom by considering those who are weak. He who renounces his freedom and rights even if it is not sin, is a Christian like a firm wall. However, the ultimate goal of all the acts of a Christian is the glory of God. Even if we seek the interest of others, we must not compromise with the world; we must be careful that the glory of God is not degraded. The people of the time thought that just as one became one with Lord through the Lord's Supper, so did one become with the idol through the consummation of the meat sacrificed to him. So, the Christian, instead of advancing his freedom or right, must reflect on the question of whether what he does is consistent with the glory of God ! The constant practice of reflecting on "whether ours acts lead to the glory of God" keep us from falling !

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Daily Bread for November 8th, 2018: 1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12:1-31
key verse: 27


In this chapter, Paul talks about the work of the Holy Spirit which gives diverse gifts to believers. Then, he speaks about the role of each member in the Church, which is the body of Christ.

1. The role of the spirit and the diversity of gifts (1-11)

In the past, the Corinthians worshipped idols. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, they came to confess Jesus as Savior. Becoming attached to a gift such as visions or speaking in tongues is the influence of pagan religions. The sole work of the Holy Spirit is to help sinners repent and confess Jesus as Savior. Confessing Christ and depending on the Spirit to obey God, such things are proof of the Holy Spirit's presence. Each person receives a gift in order to serve the Church. The Holy Spirit gives according to his will. This does not depend on personal merit, so none may feel superior nor inferior. Regardless of how small one's gift is, it's important to use it to serve the saints and the Church, to edify it. 

2. The body and the members of the body of Christ (12-31)

The church is the body of Christ, and the members of this body do not work for themselves. They depend on each other while working for the body. Just as no one part is unimportant, in the same way, no spiritual gift should be neglected. When all members work together and share the same mind, the Church, which is the body of Christ, will remain in good health. A spiritual gift comes from the Holy Spirit and is given so that we may better serve the church. Because of pagan influence, the church at Corinth valued mystical gifts. Yet, Paul warned them and considered the gift of tongues and visions to be least of them all. People are attracted to what dazzles the eyes, but Paul says that the gift we must desire most is love. Instead of envying others' gifts, using our own gifts to help others in love is most important. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Our Smart worship on Wednesday is about Matthews Gospel chapter One with the title:


Saturday, November 3, 2018

1Corinthians 7:1-24 (Daily Bread of 2/11/2018)
Key Verse 7: 9

Paul talks about the problem of marriage and virginity in this chapter. Marriage is a holy institution of God that must be treasured. Paul also talks about the status of the believer.

1. Marital life and celibacy (1-16)

In the Greek world, there were ascetics and zealots from the perspective of the flesh. The former thought that one’s desire should be oppressed, and the latter let their desires go. Paul said that since passion can turn into misconduct, it is better to get married (2,9) and he added that both of these schools of thought were false. However, Paul was not speaking of marriage as if it were an expedient or the second best. Marriage is a holy institution given by God, according to the purpose of creation. The spouses in the couple have a duty to each other. Marital sexual union is not incompatible with spiritual fullness. For those who adopt it, celibacy allows them to devote more time and zeal to God. Nevertheless, the most important thing is that whether or not we got married, everyone lives for the Lord. 

2. Remain in the state in which you are called? (17-24)

Paul's great principle is that everyone lives according to their calling (17,20,24). However, the church in Corinth flouted this and provoked the division between Jews and pagans through the problem of circumcision. Salvation does not come from racial or religious status, but comes from faith in Jesus Christ. The most important thing is that as children of God, everyone lives in obedience to God's commandments (19b) The fact that at the time someone was a slave did not affect their salvation, forgiveness by God and calling. He who has received the Christ’s calling, even if he is a slave, is a free being freed from his sins. On the other hand, someone who is a statutorily free person is a slave of Christ. Therefore, the believer must not let himself be bound by social status to make his decisions, but live according to God's will, keeping in mind the conception that he is a free man but a "slave" of Jesus. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Daily Bread Thursday, November 1st 2018 1 Corinthians 6: 1-20

1 Corinthiens 6:1-20
key verse: 19


The Corinthians had a problem with lawsuits between brothers. Paul used this opportunity to explain the Christian identity and its practice.

1. You will judge the world (1-11)

There was conflict among the Corinthians, and some of them brought their cases before unbelievers. They did this because of personal injury, which was a selfish motive. They should have sought an authority within the church to resolve their problems instead of going elsewhere. Yet, there was no one to deal with it. It was a mistake to take their case before people who have no standing in the church, since it would give the world reason to judge the Christian community. It was a subject of shame for the believers. The other problem with pursuing these grievances was that the members forgot their own identity as sinners bought with a price. When someone has a grievance, it's an opportunity to understand the sacrifice and humility of Jesus. Yet the Corinthians didn't want to give up any rights. Thus, they distanced themselves from God's grace. Paul had to re-explain what they had been saved from.

2. Do you not know? (12-20)

Paul said not to be enslaved by anything. This is because Jesus died to free us. Nothing should hinder us, especially sinful desire. Immorality is a sin that enslaves us. It's a sin which degrades one's own body. A Christian should know how precious the body is and reject Gnostic thinking which despises the physical body. Jesus, the Son of God, became flesh in order to save sinful man. The body is given so that we may glorify God in it. In the flesh, the Christian must combat "leavening" every day. First, he must hold fast to the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Jesus. Then, because of physical weakness, he must flee immorality instead of facing it.