The apostle Paul uses the athletic metaphors of a race and a battle to describe the Christian life. The runners and fighters are the new Israel, the Israel of God, and the last three verses of 1 Corinthians 9 introduce us to the old Israel described in the first thirteen verses in 10. The correlation between the two, Christians and Israelites, helps to define the race as the Christian life moving toward Jesus Christ who has the victory and is sharing the prize with all of his brethren and it helps us to define the battle throughout the Christian life against sin, both the internal and external. Because Christians have victory, they are equipped for the race and the battle. God, who is faithful, makes a way to overcome sin and achieve the incorruptible crown through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Having given directions to the elders in 5:1-4, Peter turns his attention to the rest of the church. He reminds us all the we are to place the Lord at the center of our hearts and minds. The thesis for the sermon is that because God cares for you, you must trust Him. The way in which your trust Him is by showing humility before one another, and before God. You can't do anything on your own, so humble yourself before God and remember that he cares for you.
Authoritarianism seems to be on the rise. People and organizations want control. And it was the same way back during Jesus' earthly ministry, too. The Sanhedrin had been struggling up and down for centuries to maintain their power; and now, by overturning the tables and merchandise in the Temple, Jesus had come in and put a death blow to their power. They came and demanded Him to explain Himself and tell them whose authority He was under.
It wasn't that being a scribe or a high priest was evil in itself. The problem was that these men had taken their God-given power and used it for their own purposes. And they failed to see and acknowledge that the Messiah Himself was standing right there in front of them.
Jesus asked them a question in return concerning John's baptism – whether it was from God's authority or men's. But they preferred to shuffle around instead of dealing with the honest question and have their tyranny be impaired.
Jesus had authority from heaven to judge the Temple because He was the Lord of the Temple. Who do you think Jesus is? Either the Bible and Jesus' testimony concerning Himself are a big lie, or else they really are true – just as they claim to be. Who is Jesus to you?
The darkest of times are defined by a culture calling good evil and calling that which is evil "good". As individuals, we must guard ourselves from falling into such cultural apostasy but the key is being a believer in the Light, Who is the person of Jesus Christ!
Also Reference: Isaiah 5:20
CURRENT EVENTS UPDATE: (1) Yes on Issue 1 in Ohio or vote with the Communists by voting "No" as they work to pass gun control law into the Ohio Constitution, (2) Greg Reese reports on the recent history leading up to American cities, states and citizens at large becoming slaves to the Banksters, (3) The lies from the publishers of the Legacy Standard Bible are exposed as we show that they have NOT (as claimed) continued the principles of translation followed by the King James Bible translators in 1611.
In our study, after the healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in Jerusalem, the national leaders of Israel gather to pounce but are actually gathered by God to confront them with their sin of murdering their own Messiah and with their unbelief in regards to their own Scriptures.
Also Reference: Matthew 21:33-46, Matthew 7:12-14, John 1:12, Philippians 2:9-11
What are the dark sides to a the life of a Pastor? Humility is so important. When a pastor is living a life not in the light of God's Word. He is not far from sinning.