by Jesse Hendley

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First Corinthians (3 of 4)
Jesse M. Hendley
First Corinthians 1

Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, I would like for you to turn with me to the first chapter of Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians. We are studying this tremendous book that reveals to us the great conflict of the Church in the midst of the world.

The Church at Corinth was in the midst of a worldly atmosphere. Corinth was one of the most wicked cities in history, a great and flourishing city, a business city, a city of culture, and a very wicked city, but in it were believers on the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Church is supposed to influence the world for God. That is what Jesus meant when He said, "YE are the light of the world; YE are the salt of the earth." A light is to SHINE and point the way for people in the dark to find their way Home to God; salt is supposed to be that which will HINDER CORRUPTION, hold back sin, have a wonderful healing influence in the world. So the Church of the Lord Jesus is to INFLUENCE THE WORLD. But so many times, instead of that happening, we find the Church failing to live for God with the result that THE WORLD comes into the Church and influences the Church. The Church becomes worldly. So the theme of this great Book is the life and conduct of a spiritual CHURCH in the midst of a material world.

In chapter 12, verse 1, we read THE THEME of the entire Epistle: "Concerning spiritual things, brethren, I would not have you to be ignorant," Oh, my friends, that is the greatest of all ignorance! The ignorance of SPIRITUAL THINGS. Mental things? Yes. People are worshipping education today, worshipping mentality, worshipping reasoning. Yet in this very Epistle, God tells us that MAN, with the greatest brains in the world, CANNOT KNOW GOD through reasoning. The wisest men become fools in spiritual things, because a man cannot REASON his way to God. He must have God dwelling in his heart. He must have the mind of Christ, for him to understand the SPIRITUAL WORLD. ...

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