Paul: “give no offense”

1 Corinthians 10:33

Is it merely my conscience involved to live my personal preferences? Today let us meditate on what the Lord Holy Spirit spoke through Apostle Paul on this controversial subject in our very personal and subjective world and the predominant “me, me, me” philosophy believed in, practiced and permeated throughout many human societies. The following bible passages speak specifically to God’s people, -the Christians and draw us to focus on some practical missions in this life: promote spiritual growth in others, beware of others’ judgmental conscience (do not let others have the opportunity to condemn yours), do not (even if passively) cause others fall into a trap (take offense) even if dug by themselves because they interpret your actions according to their conscience. This is a tall order to Christians. Are we keepers of others? Reading this passage it would appear “yes”. Like what Paul advised all Christians, “I sincerely attempt to do anything I can so that others may be saved.” In the final analysis nothing else matters.

1 Corinthians 10:32 (NKJV) “Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,”

1 Corinthians 10:23-33 The Passion Translation (TPT) )

You say, “Under grace there are no rules and we’re free to do anything we please.” Not exactly. Because not everything promotes growth in others. Your slogan, “We’re allowed to do anything we choose,” may be true—but not everything causes the spiritual advancement of others. 24 So don’t always seek what is best for you at the expense of another. 25 Yes, you are free to eat anything without worrying about your conscience, 26 for the earth and all its abundance belongs to the Lord.[a]

27 So if an unbeliever invites you to dinner, go ahead and eat whatever is served, without asking questions concerning where it came from.[b] 28 But if he goes out of his way to inform you that the meat was actually an offering sacrificed to idols, then you should pass, not only for his sake but because of his conscience. 29 I’m talking about someone else’s conscience, not yours. What good is there in doing what you please if it’s condemned by someone else?

30 So if I voluntarily participate, why should I be judged for celebrating my freedom?[c] 31 Whether you eat or drink, live your life in a way that glorifies and honors God. 32 And make sure you’re not offending Jews or Greeks or any part of God’s assembly over your personal preferences. 33 Follow my example, for I try to please everyone in all things, rather than putting my liberty first. I sincerely attempt to do anything I can so that others may be saved.

Footnotes:

1 Corinthians 10:26 See Pss. 24:1; 50:12; 89:11.

1 Corinthians 10:27 Or “questions of conscience.”

1 Corinthians 10:30 Or “eating food that I gave thanks for.”

For those interested to know more, I quote from

Vine’s Greek New Testament Dictionary

Offence [Noun] skandalon originally was “the name of the part of a trap to which the bait is attached, hence, the trap or snare itself, as in Rom 11:9, RV, ‘stumblingblock,’ quoted from Psalm 69:22, and in Rev 2:14, for Balaam’s device was rather a trap for Israel than a stumblingblock to them, and in Matt 16:23, for in Peter’s words the Lord perceived a snare laid for Him by Satan.

“In NT skandalon is always used metaphorically, and ordinarily of anything that arouses prejudice, or becomes a hindrance to others, or causes them to fall by the way.”

Just drawing aloud: passionate

1 John 1-3
1 John 1:3 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

Just thinking aloud

thought1My thinking has a lot to do with where I go in life. God is a lot more concerned with where I am going than where I came from. God is in the spiritual realm. He has the best thoughts for me. If I do not begin to think there, I cannot go there in the natural. But if I begin to think in a different realm, that is, the spiritual, my thoughts will help me go there and bring back to the natural every spiritual blessing and prove the perfect will of God in my natural life.

a watchman’s confession: updates on blogs

Ezekiel 3-27
Ezekiel 3:27

I have updated the following two blogs. Please read again as over time I have learned more accurately the grace and truth of Jesus. I have deleted many blogs, edited what I wrote previously, subtracted and added according to the revelations of the words I have since received. My focus has been totally transformed through the renewal of my mind by the words of God over the last ten years, especially after my departure from the mixture-teachings by many still stuck in OT-NT (work-faith) confusion and self-contradictory doctrine. I have tried to remove all previous wrong messages/blogs which were formed during the vulnerable period of  “mixture”influences during which I first encountered the supernatural realm. Please do not hesitate to write your comments and feedback.

Updated on 7/6/2018 Chapter Seventy-five: how to witness a miracle?https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/chapter-seventy-five-a-watchmans-prophetic-acts/

(Updated on 7/6/ 2018) Watchman’s adventure 2015-2016: end and begin
https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/watchmans-adventure-end-and-begin/

“but after I am risen again”

1 Corinthians 1525
Resurrection of Jesus

What were Jesus’ last words to the apostles on the night before He was betrayed?

Matthew 26:26-32 (KJV)
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

Apostle Paul’s testimony
1 Corinthians 15:1-26 (KJV)
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Journey to see God: a new covenant

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blood of the new covenant

What is a new covenant. We read from Hebrews 8 and 10 to see what this covenant means. What are the terms? What is God saying?

Hebrews 8:10-12 But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’
For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already.
And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

Hebrews 10:15-17 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,
“This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day,says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he says,
“I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”

My notes: God said twice in Hebrews on the establishment of the new covenant.
1. Definition of covenant: contract, agreement, undertaking, commitment, guarantee, warrant, pledge, promise, bond, indenture; pact, deal, settlement, arrangement, understanding. It is a formal legal contract between two parties that is written. In the case of God being a party, it cannot be broken.
2. God initiates this special covenant with His people-both the people of Israel (through Moses) and His other people, the Christian believers whose covenant with God has been established by the blood of Jesus. (Matthew 26:28)
3. God puts the covenant in the form of words/laws in the hearts and minds of His people.
4. The terms of the covenant: With the words of God in the hearts and minds of God’s people, they will know and honor Him. They will know He is their God. They will pledge their allegiance to Him alone. God on hIs part will honor His word that He will forgive their sins/lawless deeds.
5. God’s definition of sins: lawless deeds.
6. Why does God want to write His laws in our hearts and minds? Why laws? Because sins are committed when we are lawless in God’s eyes.
7. God’s laws had never passed away. Before Jesus, they were written on stone tablets by the fingers of God (the Holy Spirit) in cold hard letters. After Jesus, they are written in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
8. How do we receive His words? When we read His words and believe(the Bible) His words become spirit and life and transform us inside out. Jesus said that His words are spirit and life (John 6:63).
9. Do the words automatically produce results in our lives? Jesus has answered this by giving us the parable of the four kinds of conditions (soil) of man’s hearts when God’s words (the seed) are given to them. Not all men receive and produce the desired good results.
10. The hearts with good conditions obey God’s words and produce a hundred-fold harvests. The hearts with other conditions continue to disobey God and remain lawless in God’s eyes, like the Israelites in the ancient days who perished in the wilderness.

My notes on the three bad conditions of the man’s heart: (Luke 8:4-15)
1. Totally unresponsive to God and His words. The words fall by the wayside and not onto the man’s heart.
2. His response is superficial. When he feels good he likes to listen and even follow. When his mood changes he forgets God and turns away from the words.
3. He listens to the words and is willing to go along with God’s advice. But he is doubtful and wavers. His priority is always anywhere else, like doing his own things-cares, riches and pleasures of this life-but God.

How to ensure the heart is right? Jesus has given this answer:
You need to work on the foundation. Listen to Jesus’ teaching and then follow it. (Luke 6:46-49)