FRIDAY September 8, 2017
Exhortations and Rebukes
…for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? - 1 Corinthians 3:3
The church in Corinth had a big congregation. Paul wrote not just one letter but two letters to the Corinthians because the problems were so bad there. Paul spent time in Corinth, thinking and developing a strategy on how to reach these carnal people who called themselves Christians. Some of the major problems were division, immorality, and the abuse of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. So, Paul really, really exhorted the church. It is believed that there was a third letter to the Corinthians than was lost.
After writing his first letter, Paul received some bad news from Corinth. Over a period of time false apostles came in to undermine Paul. So, he decided to write back a second letter to the Corinthians to inform, exhort, and rebuke them; it was a sharp letter.
Paul was not a person who was afraid to rebuke or exhort people. Paul named those people who were heretics or false teachers. One time he even rebuked the Apostle Peter to his face as he had compromised with the Jews:
Now when Peterhad come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy (Galatians 2:11-21).
Paul stood on the truth and on the righteousness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What does your life stand on? Truth or falsehood?
God and his truth cannot be changed; the gospel is not negotiable.
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