By W. Larry Richards

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readers comprehend the Bible larger. instead of purely providing comments
on or in regards to the Bible, each one quantity seeks to allow humans to
study their Bibles with fuller understanding.
To achieve this activity, students who're additionally confirmed communicators
have been chosen to writer every one quantity. the fundamental idea
underlying this mix is that scholarship and the facility to
communicate on a well-liked point fit skills.
While the Bible Amplifier is written with the desires and abilities
of laypeople in brain, it is going to additionally turn out worthwhile to pastors and
teachers. past person readers, the sequence might be important in church
study teams and as courses to complement participation within the weekly prayer

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As Paul describes the status of the apostles in 1 Corinthians 4:91 3 , he wants the Corinthians to realize the enormous contrast. The apostles have been made a spectacle to all the universe, like the worst of men, criminals condemned to die in the games of the arena. It is quite likely that Paul was referring to the parades in Rome that took place when a conquering military leader returned from a victorious campaign with captives in tow. The captives, destined to die in the arena, were the general's trophies and appeared last in the line­ those who were to die in the gladiatorial shows came into the arena as the grand finale, "on display at the end of the procession" (vs.

Explain the reason for the shift m verse 1 4 where Paul becomes the only leader. You rec�ll an exercise you were asked to do in the Getting Into the Word section for 1 : 1 8-3:4 in Chapter One regard­ ing the concept that spirituality is a "gift" (Getting Into ':11e Word, number 6). Keeping in mind that Paul's adversanes were making bold claims to be spiritual on their own, that is, without spirituality being a gift, examine 4:� �d ad? to your notes made during the earlier exercise. hi� mvesttga­ tion will conclude in our discussion of 1 Connthians 12-14.

Judgment isfuture, not now. Paul's third point of defense follows very naturally. Because the act of judgment is God's and only God's, and His judgment occurs at the time "the Lord comes" (vs. 5), Paul tells the Corinthians they need to be very careful about any second guessing in the present! They do not have sufficient evidence, and what they do have has been grossly distorted. Paul's warning about prematurely judging others reminds us of]esus' counsels in His par­ able of the wheat and tares (Matt.

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