1 Corinthians 13-16

Summary

1 Corinthians chapter 13, All gifts, how excellent soever, are nothing worth without charity. The praises thereof, and prelation before hope and faith.

1 Corinthians chapter 14, Prophecy is commended, and preferred before speaking with tongues, by a comparison drawn from musical instruments. Both must be referred to edification, as to their true and proper end. The true use of each is taught, and the abuse taxed. Women are forbidden to speak in church.

1 Corinthians chapter 15, By Christ’s resurrection, he proves the necessity of our resurrection, against all such as deny the resurrection of the body. The fruit, and the manner thereof; and of the changing of them that shall be found alive at the last day.

1 Corinthians chapter 16, He exhorts them to relieve the want of the brethren at Jerusalem. Commends Timothy; and after friendly admonitions, concludes his epistle with divers salutations.

Insights and Prayers

  • Lord, give me love that I don’t have. Give me more love for people, so I can help them find Christ. Give me more love to serve You in the church. Give me more love so I can pray more effectively. Help me love as You love. Amen.
  • The King James Version richly states, “We see through a glass darkly.” These images remind us we indeed use inadequate words in fragmented sentences to attempt to describe the reality of the God we know in our hearts. Words are profoundly weak to voice the depths of our prayers.
  • Lord, the words “I love You” seem so shallow and childish when I realize You are the infinitely powerful Creator whose hand reaches across a trillion light years of the universe. When I say, “Thank You for saving me,” it seems I am speaking childish words I barely understand. I think as a child and I understand as a child. Help me become mature in my understanding and worship. Amen.
  • Paul gives principles about languages and he seems to place them in an order of importance. Not everyone agrees with my order of importance, and you may also disagree.
    • First, use a language that you understand so you can be rational and sane (14:14).
    • Second, use a language that others understand so you can communicate with them (14:11).
    • Third, your language in the assembly must be understandable so people can be edified (14:16).
    • Fourth, your language must be understandable to you so you can fellowship with God and He with you (14:15).
  • Lord, control all of my speech, so I can glorify You and edify believers. Use my words to bring unsaved people to You. May all the words of my mouth reflect the intent of my heart. Amen.
  • Lord, keep me from being belligerent when I disagree with others. Help me see conflicting issues from the other person’s point of view. Then help me see the issue from Your point of view in Scripture. Help me be true to my convictions, while I remain loving to those with a different point of view. Amen.
  • Lord, help me clearly understand the reason for Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Thank You for the forgiveness of sins because He died for my sins. Thank You for new life because I was in Jesus when He rose from the grave (Eph. 2:5). Amen.
    Absurdum is a Latin word that means pushing an argument to its furthest opposite conclusion to make someone see the reverse truth. If Christ didn’t rise:
    • (1) our faith is vain or useless (15:14);
    • (2) we are yet in our sins (15:17);
    • (3) we are hopeless (15:18);
    • (4) we are miserable (15:18);
    • (5) our witnessing to others is vain (15:14);
    • (6) all those who died in Jesus have perished (15:18); and
    • (7) the Bible’s promises are not true (15:20).
  • Lord, I know You arose from the dead and are alive in the world because You live in my heart. Amen.
  • The resurrection of Christ is a fact on which we base our entire Christian experience. “God… hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:4, 6). Therefore, we must base our prayer-relationship with God on the resurrection.
  • Lord, I come to You through the resurrected Christ, and I have faith because the living Christ dwells within my heart. I ask for things based on His power that resulted from the resurrection. Amen.
  • Lord, I rejoice that You will answer with small things in my life, such as reassurance from friends, safety in travel, and our need for recognition. Amen.

Sources

  • Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
  • Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible
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