Thursday, May 26, 2011

1 Corinthians: Chapter 16

v. 13-14
Be on your guard; stand firm; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love

As a christian, it is most important that our every action and desire must only be rooted from love. Also, it is a must that we stand firm in our faith; for it is through our faith that our love is founded upon. Thus, we must not let anything try to weaken our faith nor suppress the flow of our love.

1 Corinthians Chapter 15

v. 12-19
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is our faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that He raised Christ the dead. But He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are one of all people most pitied.

Christ didn't just save us from our sins so that we might find serenity deep within ourselves despite the wickedness of this world. Christ saved us from our sins so that we may not, in the end, fall into the deep pit of hell that we were all bound to be in because of our sins. Christ saved us so that we can reach the heavens and be with Him and The Father, Our Lord, eternally.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

1 Corinthians: Chapter 14

v. 1-5
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed no one understands him, he utters mysteries with his spirit. But everyone who prophecies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophecies edifies the church. I would like everyone of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophecy. He who prophecies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

In regard to spiritual gifts, it is not enough that we only desire to speak with God. It is greater if we also desire to interpret God's words and share it with the church. Thus, we may be able to strengthen not only our own spirituality but also the spirituality of the church.

1 Corinthians: Chapter 13

v. 8-10
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophecy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfection disappears.

Love will never cease. Partial knowledge, prophecies, and tongues; they will all disappear. It is only love that will last. That is why love must reign within us, for it is only our actions done through love that matters.

Monday, May 23, 2011

1 Corinthians: Chapter 12

v. 27-28
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others. those with gifts of the administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.

In our church, God has given us gifts so that we may be able to fulfill the responsibilities given to us as being part of it. Individually, each of us are given different set of gifts. Thus, with these gifts we are expected to help one another like one part of a body trying to help another in trying to achieve one common goal. That is to strengthen our faith with God and to ensure that the faith bears fruit.

1 Corinthians: Chapter 11

v. 29-30
For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats anad drinks judgement in himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.

We must not take the commemoration of Jesus Christ's death, through bread and wine, as a worldly festive gathering. Thus, we must fully acknowledge Jesus Christ as we eat and drink. And that through this we become one with him. It is also important that we be mindful to come clean as we do this and judge ourselves first. For the Lord's judgement awaits those who failed to do so.