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First Corinthians (2 of 4)
Jesse M. Hendley
First Corinthians 12:1
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to First Corinthians, chapter 12, and we are taking up this wonderful study of First Corinthians, one of the great books of the Bible, and I know it is going to be a rich blessing to your heart.
We have learned something about the history of the book as found by archeologists and those who have dug up Corinth, actual facts that bear out the HISTORY of this book and the fact that First Corinthians is a HISTORICAL book. It is to be believed as historical fact.
The main thought of this book is the CONFLICT between the Church and the world, or, the POSITION of the Church IN the world, its work and the inevitable conflict. If the Church is holy and spiritual, then that which is unholy and materialistic must resist it.
The key verse of First Corinthians to me, as I have studied the book, is chapter 12, verse 1, and the main thought is SPIRITUAL THINGS IN THE MIDST OF A MATERIAL WORLD.
"Now concerning SPIRITUAL gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant." Actually, the word "gifts" is in italics, which means that it is not in the original Greek text. What he said literally was, "Concerning SPIRITUAL THINGS I am writing to you, and I do not want you to be ignorant." I would not that ye be ignorant about SPIRITUAL things.
The Church is preeminently spiritual. We are living in a physical, materialistic world. But the Church is spiritual and eternal, with ETERNAL LIFE, and the Church's business is to bring into the world of physical beings living on the materialistic plane the great facts of the SPIRITUAL WORLD OF GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE. Now the Church's business is just that. Indwelt by the Holy Spirit, Indwelt by God, God operating in and through us, through our hands and feet and eyes and tongues and so forth, we are to bring the reality of SPIRITUAL things. We are to make an impact on the world. We are to change the world around ab ...
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