I need to start out the next three chapters of Corinthians by saying that I was born and raised in a Pentecostal church. I don’t apologize for that but simply explaining the thought process behind what you are going to be reading.
My Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather were part of the building of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in North Carolina. My Grandparents and my parents were part of the Pentecostal Holiness Church and I attend a Church of God in Christ.
Please don’t misunderstand the reason I am telling you this. Many people disagree with our interpretation of the next three chapters of Corinthians. We believe in the gifts of the Spirit and that they are for our church today. We believe and practice Speaking in Tongues.
What we do NOT believe is that you have to agree with our denomination in order to be saved. Salvation has nothing to do with the gifts of the Spirit. These gifts are just that.
The only reason I have for explaining all of this to you is that I do not want to offend anyone in any way. Some of the things I may say could be interpreted differently that my intentions. I have no disrespect for any denomination and do not want anyone to misquote me by insinuating that I have judged any one in any way.
You will see more of the reason why when we get into chapter 13.
Paul gives us an interesting insight into the “law” of the church that is under grace.
Verses 1-15 describe Paul’s reminders of how we are to conduct ourselves when we go to church and how men and women ought to pray. Women should have their heads covered and men should have their heads uncovered, men should have short hair, women should have long hair, etc.
There are some denominations and some religious organizations that will go to extra lengths to require or even in some cases DEMAND that men and women follow these rules to a tee. Whole churches have been formed with these laws at the forefront. HOWEVER, verse 16 brings the entire instructions into a different light.
Verse 16 says: But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. Meaning that if you disagree with these “rules” then you are not bound by them.
This also bears a reason that I explain to many people. Find out what the Bible actually says. Find out what it means and immerse yourself in the Word. Don’t allow someone to force you into believing something without finding out for yourself exactly what God says about it. Find out what God’s heart is and get to know who Jesus is by finding out what His Word has to say in it’s entirety, not just what fits your situation or upholds your belief system.
Verse 17 – 34 Paul gives specific instructions on taking communion. Jesus left us a “tradition” or a “ritual” of taking communion. In so taking communion we are doing this as a remembrance of the crucifixion. We are compelled to examine ourselves and we are required to ask forgiveness and prepare our hearts before God BEFORE we partake of this communion.
I can’t wait for the next three chapters. Chapter 12 and Chapter 14 in regards to spiritual gifts. Of course, being Pentecostal, these are two of my favorite chapters describing the use of Spiritual Gifts in the church. HOWEVER, (as we would say it in the south) RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THESE TWO CHAPTERS IS THE CHAPTER THAT IS DEDICATED TO EXACTLY WHAT THIS WHOLE BLOG IS ABOUT. LOVE.