1 Corinthians 15 – 27 to end of chapter taught by Pastor Don Moore

1 Corinthians 15 verse 27 to end of chapter taught by Pastor Don Moore

Notes from Bible study of September 21, 2012

1 Corinthians 15:27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

All things are under Jesus’ feet. It is evident that Jesus’ Father (God) put all things under Jesus’ feet. The Father is excepted from this, for the Father is not under Jesus’ feet. This doesn’t put Jesus over the Father – remember the trinity – Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

When all things are subject to Christ, Christ will place Himself under God, then God is all in all – total Godhead, the trinity. We looked at a psalm that addressed this.

Psalm 8:1-2 O Lord, our Lord,
 how excellent is Your name in all the earth,
 who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants 
You have ordained strength,
 because of Your enemies,
 that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

Our enemy and avenger is satan.

Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
 the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, 
and the son of man that You visit him?

Why should God even think of man? Jesus is the Son of Man.

Psalm 8:5-6 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
 and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,

The reference to being a little lower than angels was carefully written so that the King of England would not be offended. Jesus is crowned with glory and honor, and has dominion and all things under His feet.

We then turned to study this a bit more in Hebrews, looking at angels.

Hebrews 1:5-11 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son,
 today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father,
 and He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits
 and His ministers a flame of fire.”  But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
 a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
 therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
 with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
 and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain;
 and they will all grow old like a garment;

Until the Hubble telescope man did not have proof that this last verse about the old like a garment was true. God chose 7000 year time period for this. We are now in the 6000th year. God flung the planets into the universe and now the orbits are decaying.

Hebrews 1:12-14  Like a cloak You will fold them up,
 and they will be changed.
 But You are the same,
 and Your years will not fail.”  But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand,
 till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

Jesus sits at God’s right hand as His Son – angels are ministering spirits to minister to us who will inherit salvation.

Hebrews 2:1-4 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,  God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

We want to heed the Gospel, the great salvation. God bears witness to the Gospel with signs, wonders, miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of the Spirit are not a dessert, they are the appetizer, main course and dessert. If you take away the signs, wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit than our faith is an argument, not a deciding factor. We need to believe the Gospel of Jesus includes these. Accept by faith and recognize that these signs, wonders and gifts of the Spirit are what separates us from others. The Gospel message has the power to change a life and it is accompanied by signs and wonders.

Hebrews 2:5-10 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.  But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him,
 or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor,
 and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Some of Psalm 8 is mentioned in Hebrews. And the translators of the King James Version of the Bible had to be mindful of King James.  The verse is implying that MAN is a little lower than the angels, but that would have made King James on the same level as common MAN, so they carefully translated the passage. So this passage might read as if Jesus is a little lower than angels, but that was not what was meant. The subject of the passage is MAN.

Jesus became man. His death and resurrection has placed us in position to be a part of putting things under subjection. When we get our resurrection body we will be made like Jesus, so we will be a little higher than the angels – we will judge angels. Surprise to King James – he is on par with us.

The Greek translators made the word Elohim to translate to angels. Really, Elohim means Lord, supreme being. Elohim and Adonai.  Jesus is Lord.

Pastor Don said, if we only knew who we are in the Lord, we wouldn’t let the common cold beat us.

The Father raised Jesus to the position of God over us. He will complete His plans for the foundation of the World.

Hebrews 2:11-14 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren;
 in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

The Father never said any of these things to angels. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father and His enemies are His footstool.

The angels are here to serve, correct, and come in manifestation as God desires. The angels spend time in the manifest presence of God In Heaven and know the power of the Holy Spirit.

The power in the supernatural is the power of faith. Faith is I know. The angels wield power because they know, they’ve seen the throne, they know the Creator of the universe. They are not subject to fear.  Fear and faith cannot inhabit the same container.

We don’t fear the devil unless we’re not in true faith.

Unlike the angels, we have faith and we haven’t seen. It has been delegated to us to sit in the position of gods. Angels are the sons of God, we are created in the image and likeness of God.

FAITH IS I KNOW THAT I KNOW THAT I KNOW.

Daniel fasted and asked God about end time events. It took 21 days for the angel to appear. Had Daniel doubted the efficacy of his prayer, the angel would have returned to God. But Daniel prayed in faith, believing. The Angel Gabriel came and told Daniel that God sent him the moment Daniel prayed, but it took 21 days to get there because an army sent by satan tried to delay Gabriel. Gabriel had to send for Michael to come and help him fight the battle. Daniel remained in faith and because he stayed in faith, Gabriel came and answered Daniel’s prayer.

Most of us do not have the assuredness of Daniel that God will answer our prayers. Our flesh rises up and adds doubt. Doubt kills faith.

The angels that rebelled tried to overthrow God. Pride rose up and they felt they could take the place of God. God defeated them, but they still hope to hurt those whom God loves. They know their time is short, and they are trying to cause as much havoc as possible before their last losing battle. One of their weapons is to try to get us prideful and feeling like we don’t need God in our lives.

Pastor Don then mentioned guardian angels. He said we must be important to God for Him to assign us a guardian angel to do the work that is necessary to get us from point A to point B. A ministering spirit takes the lead sometimes.  These guardian angels are not our servants, they are God’s servants appointed by God to help us.

Psalm 8:5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
 and You have crowned him with glory and honor.  You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
 You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea
 that pass through the paths of the seas.

This is what it was like in Genesis with Adam and Eve.  Now the Second Adam, Jesus will return earth to the way it should have been before Adam and Eve gave dominion over to satan.

Psalm 8:9 O Lord, our Lord,
 how excellent is Your name in all the earth!

This verse shows us what our position is, which is why God holds us accountable. Pray divine protection over our home and family. God is our God and His name is excellent in all the earth.

1 Corinthians 15:29-31 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?  I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

This is an ancient custom of baptizing for the dead. It is part of ancient Judaism and pagan culture of the Gentiles. The early Christians were concerned about their dead relatives who died before knowing the Gospel. This is not in practice today. There is no place in Scripture that sustains this practice. There is no baptism for the dead, no purgatory. None of that is a Christian practice. We know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. And Revelation shows us what will happen in the final judgment with those who died.

God does not have grandchildren – we are all His children. We must all come to Him to be saved. We can’t get baptized and saved for someone else. Each person must come to God individually.

What happened after Jesus died? Culture sneaks in with habits and practices that were once traditional. These practices are unbiblical and shouldn’t have occurred.

One example is the Baptist church during communion focuses on if a person is in a state of sin they shouldn’t take communion, so they are told to examine themselves to see if they are in sin. That is not what Jesus said about communion. We are to remember Jesus as we eat the bread and drink the cup. And that by His stripes we are healed. When we are in sin we are dis-eased and need His help to heal from our sins. Why would Jesus deny us communion when it is communion that can bring us back in line with His will and heal us?

Jesus is looking for worship in Spirit and in Truth, not doubting that we are in a covenant with Jesus.

We quickly looked at the remaining verses in Chapter 15.

1 Corinthians 15:32-33 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

Evil company corrupts good habits.

1 Corinthians 15:34-36 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.  But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.

What you sow is not made alive unless it dies.

1 Corinthians 15:37-39 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.

These verses are given to get us to accept what is revealed in verse 40. Open our hearts to receive the fact that a celestial body is a reflection. The Sun is the source and is non-reflective.

1 Corinthians 15:40-41 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

There are celestial and terrestrial bodies – different glories.

1 Corinthians 15:42-43 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

There is a flesh body and a spiritual body. In our flesh we may be sick, germs, etc, but we are raised in glory. God breathes life on our resurrected body so it gives glory to God.

1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

When we are raised as a spiritual body there will be no evil, no lust, no fleshly action.

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Adam brought sin and death into the world, the last Adam (Jesus) becomes a life-giving spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

Pastor Don said you can’t make an absolute truth out of this for it is not always the natural that comes first in all things. Sometimes the spiritual can come first in spiritual things.

Often the natural comes first, then the spiritual. But sometimes we know things spiritually and our carnal natures catch up. We want to keep the verses in context, for a wrong interpretation could lead to humanism.

Paul is speaking in a cultural aspect here. We did not exist in heaven before we were formed. God formed us in the womb.

1 Corinthians 15:47-49 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.  As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.  And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

We were created in the image of God. When God sees us, He will see the image of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

We can’t get to Heaven in the flesh.

1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—

We will all be changed.

1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The last trumpet

1 Corinthians 15:53-54 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Death is a spirit. Jesus has conquered death and the grave.

1 Corinthians 15:55 “O Death, where is your sting?
 O Hades, where is your victory?”

In an incorruptible body death can’t kill or slay you.

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

The strength of sin is the law.

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ, thanks to God, we get victory over sin and death.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

We have a calling because of this awesome gift of salvation, to do the work of the Lord. Pastor Don pointed out that each of us have friends and family that Pastor Don doesn’t have contact with. We are to share the Gospel with these people to reach as many as possible.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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