I Corinthians 5
“The advice of Job’s friends was not perfect, but Eliphaz had a good idea when you think that life if full of trouble (Job 5:7–8)—seek God!
The spiritual state of the Corinthian church was “”reported commonly”” (I Cor. 5:1). People do talk; make sure they have nothing bad to talk about.
God tells us where to praise Him (Psalm 150:1), why to praise Him (verse 2), how to praise Him (verses 3–5), and who should praise Him (verse 6).”
I Corinthians 6
“Job felt the need for a “”dayman”” (Job 9:33), someone who could “”lay his hand upon us both.”” Who can touch both God and man at the same time? That is just what Jesus did when He came as a Man (I Timothy 2:5).
The Christian should be aware that he has a divine Inhabitant in his body (I Corinthians 6:19). And He is not just a Guest; He is the Proprietor. He paid full price and has the right to determine use of the property (v. 20).”
I Corinthians 7
“It has been said, “”It’s better to remain silent and seem a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”” Job was the one who first expressed that idea (Job 13:5)—and he (or God) was right.
Paul wasn’t saying in I Corinthians 7:12 that God was not inspiring him. All Scripture is inspired (II Tim. 3:16). He meant in verse 10 that Jesus had already said that. God was using him to add something to that.”
I Corinthians 8
“Physical resurrection is an Old Testament doctrine (Job 19:25–27). Jesus rose in the body and can stand on earth (v. 25). Job’s body would fully decay but be restored (v. 26). Senses of this body are restored (v. 27).
Meat offered to an idol was just meat. An idol is nothing (I Cor. 8:4) and doesn’t pollute meat. But if my eating it makes people think I worship the idol, I’d be better off going hungry (vv. 10, 13). Testimony counts!”
“Job saw the trial he was going through producing in him that which was “”as gold”” (Job 23:10). But Peter saw it more clearly (I Peter 1:7); the trial of our faith is “”much more precious”” than what one gets by trying gold.
Being simple, a scorner, or a fool (Proverbs 1:22) is a matter of choosing what you love and hate. Simplicity and scorning should not be loved or delighted in, nor should knowledge be hated. Choose wisely what you love.”
I Corinthians 9
“It was a mystery to Bildad how a man could “”be justified with God”” (Job 25:4). Job had no problem with that concept; he said, “”I know that my redeemer liveth”” (19:25). That’s how man can be justified with God!
In human races, there is one winner and many losers (I Corinthians 9:24). But in God’s race, everyone can win. He has enough crowns to give to anyone who runs his best to the finish line.”
I Corinthians 10
“Before we treat another unfairly or judge him unjustly (Job 31:13), we should remember that there is a day when God will rise up to judge us (verse 14). He will not play favorites in that day (verse 15).
When Israel murmured in Numbers 21, God sent serpents to judge them. Paul says it was Christ who was being “”tempted”” (I Corinthians 10:9). So we see the preexistence of Christ and the unity in the Trinity.”
I Corinthians 11
“God’s ways are higher than ours (Job 33:12; Isa. 55:9), and He owes no explanation (v. 13). But if we listen (v. 14), we will understand much.
Paul praised the Corinthians for keeping ordinances (I Cor. 11:2), but not for how they kept them (v. 22). There are wrong ways to do right things.
Discretion is the divine preservative (Proverbs 2:11), but it only works on wise hearts who enjoy knowledge (verse 10).”
I Corinthians 12
“For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat”” (Job 34:3). Would we eat something that tasted as bitter as some of what we listen to? Why not seek out some sweet words?
All the genuine work in the church is done by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:11), but He does the different parts of His work through different people (verses 8–10). He wants to include everyone; why don’t we?”
I Corinthians 13
“God directs to the evolutionist the same question He asked of Job: “”Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?”” (Job 38:4).
Natural abilities (I Corinthians 13:1), intelligence and power (verse 2), even generosity (verse 3) come short of pleasing God if not motivated by love.
We honor the Lord when we give of our substance (Proverbs 3:9), but He is honored more by the firstfruits than by the leftovers.”
I Corinthians 14
“We have heard a lot about God (from the Bible), but one day we will see Him. That will adjust a lot of bad attitudes (Job 42:5–6).
There was no profit just in speaking in a language none understood (I Cor. 14:6). If no one learned anything, no one was helped (see verse 19).
The path of the just gets brighter unto the perfect day (Prov. 4:18). When we get there, it can’t shine any brighter but won’t get any dimmer either.”
Song of Solomon
“Of our Bridegroom we can say that He is “”as the apple tree among the trees of the wood”” (Song of Sol. 2:3)—many trees, but He alone bears this fruit. It is “”sweet”” (verse 3) and comforts us (verse 5).
The Devil tempts us in different (“”moveable””) ways (Proverbs 5:6), so we won’t “”know”” it and “”ponder”” where it will lead. It leads to giving our “”honour unto others”” (verse 9); in other words, to shame.”
Song of Solomon
I Corinthians 15
“When the voice of our Beloved seeks to waken us (Song of Sol. 5:2), be sure not to put Him off because of inconvenience (verse 3). If you have, seek Him, regardless of any opposition (verses 6–7).
Grace takes the least and makes it the greatest (I Corinthians 15:9–10). Grace is not an excuse not to work; it is our motivation to do more (verse 10).”
“Israel’s national rebellion is addressed (Isaiah 1:2). The difference between them and Sodom and Gomorrah was that God graciously left a remnant instead of completely destroying them (verse 9). But through all this, they carried on the rituals of their religion (verse 11). God’s purpose was never a ceremony; His great desire was always fellowship with His loved ones (verse 18). Don’t let religion replace relationship.
” Writing of the nation of Israel (Isaiah 5:7), God recounts the special favor He had bestowed upon them (verse 4). They were to bear sweet fruit for Him, but they produced a different fruit (verse 2). He would therefore remove His blessing and protection (verses 5–6). God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), nor of nations. What more could He have done for America? Can we expect less than Israel’s judgment?
I Corinthians 16
“How can you tell whether or not a religious leaders is speaking God’s truth? Compare what he is saying to the Bible (Isaiah 8:20).
Paul’s greatness? Partly a lack of jealousy (I Cor. 16:12). Apollos was a favorite of some (1:12), but Paul wanted him there to help the church.
One sign of a “”simple”” person (Proverbs 7:7) is a person who spends time near the place of temptation. It doesn’t turn out good (verse 26).”
II Corinthians 1
“God used Assyria to punish Israel (Isa. 10:5–6). Assyria thought they won because they were great (vv. 7–14), so God humbled them (vv. 16–17). Give God the glory when He uses you to do something; He deserves it.
Paul mentions his troubles in Asia (II Corinthians 1:8)—see Acts 19:24–31. That taught him to trust God (II Corinthians 1:9–10). They also learned the benefit of prayer. We can help others without being there.”
II Corinthians 2
“He is our strength, song, and salvation (Isaiah 12:2). Salvation brings joy (verse 3), so sing about the excellent things He has done (verse 5). His presence makes us strong (verse 6).
The wise Christ will not be ignorant of Satan’s devices (II Cor. 2:11), so the Devil won’t have an advantage in the battle. One device is getting us not to forgive other believers (v. 10). We can do that in Christ.”
II Corinthians 3-4
“The problem is given in Isaiah 17:4–6: The blessings Israel had enjoyed were being taken away. The reason is in verse 10: They had forgotten God. The cure is in verses 7–8: Look to your Maker, not to your works.
Satan blinded the minds of unbelievers (II Corinthians 4:4). Jesus can heal that, but even one healed of blindness needs light to see. We are the light of the world—if we’ll just let it shine (verse 6).”
II Corinthians 5
“A picture of God’s plan of missions is in Isaiah 19:18–25. Looking forward to the Kingdom of Christ, He shows that even Egypt and Assyria will join Israel in worshiping Him. He is no Respecter of persons.
Why was Paul confident concerning death (II Corinthians 5:6–8)? Because he had “”the earnest of the Spirit”” (verse 5). God guaranteed He would take us to Heaven when He gave the Spirit as a down payment.”
II Corinthians 6″ “Isaiah 24 tells of the Tribulation Period, but after this comes the Kingdom in which His glory will put the sun to shame (verse 23) and death is defeated for those who wait for Him (25:8–9).
People today complain a lot about things that offend them. Imagine what it is like for the Holy Spirit when one He indwells hangs around places of sin? So He says, “”Be ye separate”” (II Corinthians 6:17)!”
II Corinthians 7
“To have peace (Isaiah 26:3), think about Him, trust Him, and desire Him (verse 9). For such a person, God ordains peace (verse 12) that even death cannot disturb (verse 19).
Depression is a major problem today. But that comes from the wrong kind of sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10). A godly sorrow leads us away from what caused the sadness and to Jesus—and His joy (verse 11)!”
II Corinthians 8
“They may call us “”an offender for a word”” (Isaiah 29:21) because we reprove, but God says it is they who will be cut off (verse 20). Preach the Word!
The Macedonians wanted to do more than they actually could (II Corinthians 8:3). Too often the reason we do nothing is more from unwillingness than inability.
Wisdom is better than rubies (Proverbs 8:11). The wise may not have much down here; but up there, they’ll shine brighter than any diamond (Daniel 12:3)!”
II Corinthians 9
“It may feel that life is full of “”thorns and briers”” (Isa. 32:13). This is the curse of sin (Gen. 3:18). But it’s only “”until the Spirit be poured upon us”” (Isa. 32:15). In the Millennium, there will be fruit (v. 15), righteousness (v. 16), and peace (v. 17).
Any farmer knows that the size of the harvest depends on the amount sown (II Corinthians 9:6). When we tithe, God doesn’t stretch the remaining nine-tenths. He multiplies the seed, the tenth given (verse 10). You can’t outgive God (verse 15)!”
II Corinthians 10
“The Tribulation Period (Isaiah 33) culminates at Armageddon (Isaiah 34), but this all leads to the Kingdom (Isaiah 35). Jesus gave a foretaste of this when He came (e.g., 35:5–6), so we know He can do it. One day He will do it worldwide.
You can’t shoot the Devil with a bullet (II Corinthians 10:4), but you can still win the war. His weapons are “”imaginations”” and thoughts (verse 5; see Genesis 6:5). When we get control of these, he is out of “”ammunition.”””
II Corinthians 11
“Sennacherib illustrates Satan in the invasion of Jerusalem (Isaiah 36:16–17). He offered a land like their own, but no other land flowed with milk and honey. Satan cannot match God’s gifts.
Paul considered himself the spiritual father of the Corinthians (I Cor. 4:15), so he was choosing the right Husband for them (II Cor. 11:2). He warned them against dating the wrong suitor (v. 3).”
II Corinthians 12
“An urban legend hoax says that God lengthened the day by forty minutes (Isaiah 38:8). And it doesn’t say the day was longer, just that the shadow moved. If God could move planets, he could bend light.
Is someone always claiming more for himself than is actually true? Paul says such a person speaks as a fool (II Cor. 12:6). He wouldn’t even claim all that was true of him because it might sound like boasting.”
II Corinthians 13
“Isn’t it difficult to read Isaiah 41:10 and remember what exactly you were worried about?
Paul’s coming the third time (II Corinthians 13:1) made two or three witnesses, because he never changed his story. Neither should we.
If we would make those who love us wise instead of being a burden to them, we must seek wisdom (Proverbs 10:1) by fearing the Lord (9:10).”
“We have a Divine Lifeguard when we get in rough water and a Divine Fireman when things get hot (Isaiah 43:2). Does He mean these things literally? Ask Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Daniel 3).
Perhaps the worst trouble one can be to another is to pervert the Gospel (Gal. 1:7). The Bible gives us the clear Gospel. Don’t even listen to one claiming to be an angel if he says something different (vv 8–9).”
“God can anoint one who does not know Him and use him for His purposes (Isaiah 45:1–4). Persia was raised up to free Israel from Babylon and return them to Canaan. Such can be a blessing to us too.
Peer pressure is real, and it is powerful to even one like Peter (Galatians 2:11–14). Giving in to it can cause others who were standing to cave in as well (verse 13). Stand for what you know is right.”
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala