So much to love about the month of June. I hope wherever you live there is beauty to see and a peaceful place to enjoy outside. It is especially wonderful if you are able to be outside while reading your Bible. A cup of coffee, your Bible and a spot to sit outside with the sounds of the early morning birds… heavenly!
If you have your copy of the June reading plan, you know that we are spending June in 1 & 2 Corinthians. If you haven’t got your copy yet, go to the 2021 Bible Reading Plan Page now and download yours. (See Menu at top of page)
Much of 1 Corinthians is about how to deal with the many problems in the church. Yes, the church. Paul wrote this to people who were believers.
For today, let’s take a few minutes to focus on chapter 2 of First Corinthians
In chapter 2 Paul describes his preaching and makes it clear that both the message and the power are from God not from man.
In verse 9 through the end of chapter 2, Paul goes on to make clear the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit. This entire chapter is so powerful and should be read in context. If we select a verse without considering the surrounding verses we may sometimes miss necessary information. This is the case with verse 9. I have often seen this verse quoted alone and it completely changes the meaning. Notice that verse 10 begins with the word – BUT. To use verse 9 without verse 10 is misleading and actually the best understanding is to read all of chapter 2 together.
“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.”
-Wow! This is not to be overlooked.
Sometimes reading one more verse answers so much and makes all the difference.
There are a number of wonderful verses in this chapter to treasure and perhaps choose for scripture writing and scripture memory. They become even more powerful when they are understood within the context of the entire chapter.
How important do you think context is when reading and studying the Bible?
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Below are 2 videos from the Bible Project for 1 & 2 Corinthians
Please keep in mind that videos like this are designed to provide a simple overview.
They are not presented to ever replace Bible reading or study.