___________February 28, 2016__________

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And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?  vs 1-3

‘Meat vs. Milk’ is kind of a big thing with the church.  They call people who just sit in pews and let the pastor do all the thinking, studying, and learning “spoon-fed” or “bottle fed”.  It’s an insult, to my ears, but that’s because most people I know have been around the church-block for long enough to be WAY farther than they are.  But I need to be reminded that there really *are* people who are new to Truth, and need to start on a simpler diet.  The thing is, these verses are VERY adamant that we shouldn’t STAY on the milk diet… we need to grow.  If we don’t?  It’s a sign that we’re still of the world and not of Christ.   Paul says people who are still on milk show the typical signs of worldliness.  I built a wall out of these things, to show how they separate us from where we really want to be.  Those bricks must be torn down, and it takes strength to do it.  Milk-fed people can’t do it… so there it stands.

For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  vs 4-7

There is NO comparison between the apostles and the Lord.  We can – as humans – help.  In fact, we should!  But apparently the people in Corinth were all but worshiping Paul and Apollos.  Paul had to nip that one, and fast.   A quick comparison of what he was doing compared to what Yehovah was doing took care of that.

 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  vs 8

What a promise THIS is…!  Did you know we receive rewards for our actions that further the Kingdom?  It’s true!   Elsewhere in scripture they’re called ‘crowns’ – there’s a crown of righteousness, a crown of glory, a crown of life… and who knows what else.  For some verses to back this up, see 1 Cor 9:25, 2 Tim 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4 and Revelation 2:10.  Rabbit trailing is always fun.

 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: vs. 9-12.3 (ish)

LEGO verses!!  (You know I have to draw them up as LEGOs…!)   With Messiah as the foundation, the apostles as the ‘master-builders’ and the rest of us on that… either adding good stuff (gold, silver, jewels) or half-assed stuff (hay, wood, stubble).  Makes me wonder exactly what kind of ‘work’ is high-quality and what kind can be construed as mediocre.  I always kind of thought it was all or nothing…?

…For the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  vs. 13 2/3 – 15

THE DAY shall declare it.  Judgment Day.  The end of all days kinda day.  If it involves fire, it’s definitely that final day, both literally and metaphorically.  I think mostly I’ve always seen this as metaphorical, though.  The whole ‘fire trying every man’s work’ seems like a symbolism, a word picture more than anything.  But me being me, I *like* talking about THAT day.  I’d really actually like to get on to reaching THAT day.

Something of importance, here, though.  Those who believe but do jack-nuthin’ for the Lord aren’t case out – they’re just saved with out merits/rewards.  That. Would. Suck.  Having nothing to throw at His feet, when everyone else has crowns to cast?  Ouuuch.  I wouldn’t like that.  But I have my doubts about my own efforts.  Did you know the ‘crown of glory’ is given to hose who are good examples?  Pro’ly gonna have to count THAT one out…

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  vs. 16-17

Messiah talked about this – just before He gave His life.  He said that the temple would be cast down, and we would become indwelled with the Spirit.  We would be the new temple.  To be honest, I have a hard time with all the talk about the third temple being built.  I’m not sure it’s gonna be.  I personally am of the mind that WE are the third temple… based on this, and verse like it.  And there are a LOT of verses about this:  1 Cor 6:19,  2 Cor 6:16, Eph 2:21, and 1 Peter 2:5, to name a few more.

Should add one other thing:  a lot of Christians use this verse to speak out against tattoos.  They say, “If you spray-paint graffiti all over a great work of art or architecture… or a special monument, it’s defilement of it.  Likewise, if you tattoo the masterpiece – the one of a kind person that you were created to be – you are defiling it.”  And… okay, they have a point.  I’m still confuzzled about the whole Leviticus 19:28 debate:  some people say that it’s referring to marking your body for the dead that’s forbidden, but the way it’s worded… I can’t help but think that the two parts might be separated as they are because it doesn’t really mean that.  I guess I’ll just personally NOT ‘defile’ my temple, just to be on the safe/obedient side.  Personal opinion, of course.

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s;  Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;  vs. 18-22

The people that everyone looks up to, today?  Steve Jobs (I know he’s dead, but still), Stephen Hawking, Ron Paul, etc.?  (And that’s not getting into the ‘icons’ side of things – musicians, artists, actors, etc).  They are fools before God.  It’s hard – in the big picture, where the world is freakin’ wiped out at the end – to think that any accomplishment or little breakthrough matters.  What matters is where our hearts are – who we serve.

I want desperately to capitalize those ‘yours’es, there – make Paul be talking to Yehovah, giving it all over to Him, acknowledging that He’s supreme.  But if we are joint-heirs… I guess all things are ours, too?  After all, look at what the last verse in this chapter says:

And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.  vs. 23

Yup.  I guess that confirms what I was thinking.  😉

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