I just began a study in Hebrews, and it is an interesting book! The point of it compares Jesus to figures and Themes of the Old Testament, and speaks of how Jesus is not only the reason, but is SUPERIOR to all forms of messengers, sacrifices, and themes of the Old Testament, as He is the fulfillment of them all. I don't find it coincidental (I don't believe in coincidence) that we had this discussion (or something like it) in Bible Study last night. I spoke of how I loved Speakers and Authors, citing C.S. Lewis and Corrie Ten Boom as people I quote often, but I will never teach one of their lessons. My reason for that is this: Scripture itself is superior to the teaching of men, as, just like Jesus was in Hebrews comparatively to to figures and themes of the Old Testament. It is good to have sound teachers of doctrine, but it is superior to know what the scriptures mean myself. So today will be relatively short. My challenge to you is this: learn to feed upon the word for yourself. It is why I always post at least a chapter of scripture in my posts: Scripture is superior to even what I have to say, and learning to rely on the Holy Spirit for it's interpretation and inspiration is superior to anything I could tell you. My gift of preaching and teaching is for building up the body, but I am submissive to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and submissive to their word for my own inspiration. Whatever your gift may be, I pray that you're submissive as well. 1 Corinthians 3
Divisions in the Church
1But I, brothers,a could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilledb master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Footnotes: a 1 Or brothers and sisters b 10 Or wise c 16 The Greek for you is plural in verses 16 and 17