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Notes on 2 Corinthians 1-7 "Be Ye Reconciled to God", CFM study for Sept. 9 - 15

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About 2 CorinthiansIt's called Second Corinthians but it's not the second, or even the third letter Paul wrote to the Corinthians, just as First Corinthians wasn't the first letter.  Paul wrote it with Timothy, his young missionary companion.  Paul has three missionary journeys covered in Acts.  After 1 Corinthians was written, between 53 and 54 A.D., according to Wayment, "Paul then visited Corinth in person during what is known as his third missionary journey.  That visit constituted his second visit to Corinth and may have been what Paul referred to as his painful visit (2 Corinthians 2:1).  Following that visit, Paul wrote a letter of rebutke (2:3-4; 7:9) that Titus carried (7:5-8).  After writing that letter of rebuke, which has not survived, Paul left Ephesus for Macedonia (Acts 20:1) and planned to meet Titus (2 Corinthians 2:12-13).  Paul eventually met up with Titus and after hearing his report of the situation in Corinth (7:6-16), Paul wrote 2 Corinthians.&…

Notes on 1 Corinthians 14-16 "God is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace," CFM study for Sept. 2 - 8

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The Gift of Prophecy, 1 Corinthians 14:1-25It seems the Corinthian Saints had gotten the idea that speaking in tongues was the best gift they could manifest and were doing it often, without interpretation, and definitely not in an orderly, one-at-a-time fashion (see v. 31).  In response, Paul, having in the previous chapter extolled charity as the highest spiritual gift, now discusses how the gift of prophesy is the most useful gift to be used in a Church setting.  It is definitely much better than speaking in tongues (v. 5).It's important to understand that the words translated as prophecy here have a much broader meaning than the narrow one we sometimes assign it, as one who predicts the future.  "The word prophet comes from a Greek word that can mean “inspired teacher.” In this sense, those leaders we sustain as prophets serve as inspired teachers of righteousness. Throughout the ages, prophets have often been inspired to foretell future events. But most often, their work…

Notes on 1 Corinthians 8-13 "Ye Are the Body of Christ", CFM study for Aug. 26 - Sept. 1

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These chapters contain some of the most beautiful of all of Paul's writings, about the body of Christ, charity, and spiritual gifts.  Paul is continuing his "and now concerning" answers to questions sent to him and trying to foster unity and love among the Saints. Food Sacrificed to Idols, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13Paul warns against pride and against knowingly eating food sacrificed to idols.  The council mentioned in Acts 15 had put the Church under that prohibition as well as settling that the Gentiles did not need to be circumcised. "We know that we have knowledge" is thought by many to be a quote from Chloe's letter and the rest is Paul's response.  The Church there may have thought that they were above following the council's decision because of their intelligence and superior knowledge.  In what ways do we set aside the council of those called to lead the Church, "supposing we know of ourselves?" (See 2 Nephi 9:28)I love verse 2, "i…