Paul’s discussion of spiritual gifts has shifted to the proper use of those gifts within the assembly of the church. In particular in the case of tongues and prophecy, they must be used in such a way so that there can be understanding, so that the body will be edified.
For the next few weeks, we will be spending time with a number of kings that we read about in Scripture and the lessons we can learn from them. We will conclude with the One who was “born King of the Jews.” In this lesson, we consider Saul, and despite his good intentions, his failure to obey God in 1 Samuel 15.
As he deals with the subject of spiritual gifts in the church, Paul takes a moment in the middle of his discussion to describe “a more excellent way.” He shows how gifts will pass away and how love will endure long after those gifts have gone.
As we conclude our Thanksgiving series, we take some time to consider an idea that appears in every verse of Psalm 136. God’s love, which is extended to all and expressed in Christ, endures forever.
We have innumerable reasons to be thankful to God. A few of those reasons are described in Psalm 136, which reminds us to give thanks to God whose steadfast love endures forever. The Psalmist writes in a few lines about God’s defeat of Israel’s enemies, who were justly punished because of their wickedness. God is always justice and always renders as is fitting for the sins that are committed. Only those covered in the blood of Christ can have their sins washed away and be pure and righteous in the eyes of God.
Our passage tonight is a difficult one, but by understanding what it meant to Paul’s original readers, we can try to make some application for the church today. It’s important that in the church men and women conduct ourselves according to the role that God has given us, and that we each adorn ourselves in modest apparel.
Often, when people say, “God wants me to be happy,” it’s an attempt of justifying their sin. This happens so often, that some Christians, when asked if God wants happiness for his people, will answer, “No.” However, if we understand what it means to really be happy, and where true happiness is found, it should become quite clear that God does in fact want his children to be happy in Him.