I Corinthians: The Knows vs. The Know-Nots

March 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Posted in I Corinthians | 3 Comments
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Bible scholars and commentators have identified many themes in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth: the importance of being wise, the proper use of the spiritual gifts, the correction of improper ecclesiology, and the necessity of unity within the Church, just to name a few. As I studied through the Book of I Corinthians in preparing to teach an adult Sunday School class, though, I became convinced that one of the main keys to understanding it is to see it as a letter about the knowledge of God in Christ, and the danger of operating outside of that knowledge. I enjoyed studying, teaching, discussing, and learning about topics ranging from our “calling” as Christians, to how our conscience informs our spiritual decisions, to the true meaning of Christian love, to the roles of men and women in church, to the doctrine of bodily resurrection, to the right and wrong kinds of addiction, all the while focusing on the tension existing between those who live in the light of God’s gracious knowledge, and those who do not.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might KNOW the things that are freely given to us of God.

I Corinthians 2:2

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he KNOW them, because they are spiritually discerned.

I Corinthians 2:14

KNOW YE NOT that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

I Corinthians 3:16

For I KNOW NOTHING by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

I Corinthians 4:4

Your glorying is not good. KNOW YE NOT that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

I Corinthians 5:6

KNOW YE NOT that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

I Corinthians 6:9

KNOW YE NOT that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

I Corinthians 6:15

What? KNOW YE NOT that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

I Corinthians 6:19

Now as touching things offered unto idols, we KNOW that we all have KNOWLEDGE. KNOWLEDGE puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he KNOWETH any thing, he KNOWETH NOTHING yet as he ought to KNOW.

I Corinthians 8:1-2

Do ye NOT KNOW that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

I Corinthians 9:13

KNOW YE NOT that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

I Corinthians 9:24

But I would have you KNOW, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

I Corinthians 11:3

Ye KNOW that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

I Corinthians 12:2

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I KNOW in part; but then shall I KNOW even as also I am KNOWN.

I Corinthians 13:12

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye KNOW that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

I Corinthians 15:58

Here are the links to posts in the category, I Corinthians:

1. Clear Calls for Christians: Pure Upgrade (1:1-9)
2. Clear Calls for Christians: Proper Unity (1:10-23)
3. Clear Calls for Christians: Point Upward (1:26-29)
4. How We Know What We Know (1-2)
5. Pavlov’s Kids (1:20-21)
6. What Christians Want You to Know (1:23)
7. The Foolishness of God? (1:25)
8. Knowers, Growers, and Showers
9. It’s Time to Grow Up
10. Wise Watering
11. Quarterback Commandment No. 9
12. What the Knows Have and What the Know-Nots Have Not
13. Ministers Must be Managers
14. Faithful to Him and to Each Other
(4:2; 12:14)
15. Ministers Must be Meek
16. Ministers Must be Mild
17. Pride Is Everywhere
(4:7; 5:6-7)
18. The Know-Bodies
19. Delivery and Birth
20. Beware the Fight with the Flesh
21. Spiritual Body Shaming
22. Leavenless Lump
23. Know When to Say Know
24. Mercy / Memory
25. Douglas Wilson: S.W.I.M. to be Detestable
26. Adiaphora and Analyzing Ambiguous Activities
(6:12; 8:13; 10:23, 31, 33)
27. Fooling Around with Celibacy in Marriage
(7:1-2, 7, 32-37)
28. Having a F.I.N.E. Marriage
(7:1-5, 9, 32-37)
29. Getting Busy in Marriage
30. A Concupiscible Marriage
31. Imagination in Marriage
32. Guarding the Top of the Wall in Marriage
33. An Irascible Marriage
34. A Knowledgeable Marriage
35. Know Your Real Identity
36. Having a P.C. Marriage
37. What the Knows Ought to Know about Conscience
38. Know Your Rights
39. A Prize-Winning Run
40. Know Your Limits
41. Quarterback Commandment No. 4
42. The Blessings of an Unhappy Marriage Part 2
43. Motivated by Fear?
44. Head Knowledge
45. The Cause, Confusion, and Consequences: Problems with the Lord’s Supper
46. Forgetting To Remember – Part 1
47. Forgetting To Remember – Part 2
48. The “Ways” to Remember
(11:24, 4:17)
49. Forget-Me-Nots
50. How the Knows are Gifted
51. Discipleship Lesson 6: The Local Church
(6:19; 12:14-28)
52. The Determination, Demonstration, Distribution, and Designation of the Spiritual Gifts
53. Love and Order
54. Suffering in Marriage
55. LONGsuffering in Marriage*
56. Be Kind to Your Spouse
57. Objections to Being Kind to Your Spouse
58. Jump-Starting Your Marriage
59. Performing a Biopsy on Your Marriage
60. Getting the Puffiness Out of Your Marriage
61. More Testing for Puffiness in Your Marriage
62. A C.A.L.M. and Courteous Marriage
63.A C.A.L.M. and Accommodating Marriage
64. A C.A.L.M. and Longsuffering Marriage
65. A C.A.L.M. and Merciful Marriage
66. The Right Kind of Rejoicing in Marriage
67. Practical Principles for Policing the Exercise of Spiritual Gifts in Church (14)
68. Order in the Church
69. Up from the Grave with the Knows!
70. A Major Breaking News Story
71. Put It On and Pack It On
72. The Open Tomb, Eyes, Hearts, Minds, and Mouths (I Corinthians 15:12-15; Luke 24)
73. Vanity Must be Expelled
74. Immortality Must be Entered Into
75. Corruption Must be Eliminated
76. Thankfulness Must be Expressed
77. Opportunity Must be Embraced
78. Reality Must be Encountered
79. Yesterday Must be Eclipsed
80. The Needs of the Knows
81. The Addict (His Characteristics)
82. The Addict (Signs of Addiction)

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