MONDAY April 23, 2018
Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
1 Corinthians 11:2
Paul was in Corinth for eighteen months. After he left, Paul kept in contact with the believers and asked them to remember him––his integrity and all he had taught them. Paul used the word tradition which means “ordinances.” These should be passed down from one person to another. Paul taught the same concept to a young minister Timothy: And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2).
Those Christians in a position of leadership need to pass on what they have learned to other faithful men. They should not keep what they have been taught to themselves. As they passed on biblical truth to others, then God would continue to use their lives.
However, Paul did not teach legalism. Christians can get so caught up with legalism and forget about the grace of God given to them. Christians become legalistic when they look into a mirror and forget who they really are. They want other people to live up to their standard, instead of God’s standard. Christians cannot do that!
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
You see, the problem is man’s traditions and laws and not the Word of God. When you read the Bible you will see that the heart of God is very different than the heart of man. Paul set things right, he encourages me.
Legalism is always unloving.
~Robert M. Horn~
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