1st Corinthians 11 (21 of 28) by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 11 (21 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

This verse more properly closes the preceding chapter, than beginning a new one, and refers to the rules therein laid down, and which the apostle would have the Corinthians follow him in, as he did Christ. As he sought, both in private and public and more especially in his ministerial service to do all things to the glory of God, and not for his own popular applause so he would have them to do all that they did in the name of Christ, and to the glory of God. Like him, they should not seek to "please themselves," but to so act as to save others. He's not asking them to follow him and not Christ. He's not even asking them to follow him and Christ. He asked them to follow him according to the manner in which he followed Christ-the manner in which he followed was already explained in the previous chapters.

2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

Though they were mindful of him, and retained in memory many things he had declared among them, and kept the ordinances as delivered to them; yet there were some things in which they were either ignorant, or at least did not so well in following. He at least tried to find something that was praiseworthy, though it wasn't much.

3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

When you study this passage of scripture you may get the impression that what we are looking at is a prescription for hairdos and hats. However, such is not the case at all. The issue in this text is clearly the authority of God in the area of submission. If you do not see that up front you will interpret this chapter wrong.

In the first three verses this is clearly stated. (Vs. 3) If you miss this truth at the beginning, the r ...


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