Posts Tagged ‘1 Corinthians 1:10’

In the same mind and in the same opinion

May 21, 2017

1 Corinthians 1--10

The Verse of the Day for May 21, 2017 presents a similar challenge related to yesterday’s topic of being “like-minded” or thinking the same thing. Today we examine 1 Corinthians 1:10 in the Amplified Bible:

But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

The New Living Translation renders the verse this way:

1 Corinthians 1:10:

[Divisions in the Church] I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

The Darby Bible offers a similar translation:

 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all say the same thing, and that there be not among you divisions; but that ye be perfectly united in the same mind and in the same opinion.

This particular verse brings to mind the time when I first began to reflect upon a passage of scripture, while engaging in the writing process. In 1971, I remember being asked to produce a writing sample, and I wrote a brief commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:10. At that time I was intrigued by the Amplified Bible that concludes the verse in this way :”. . . that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.”

Regarding the term “opinions,” someone has said that opinions are like noses—everybody has one. Even so, believers are encouraged to hold the same opinion regarding who we are in Christ. The verse from 1 Corinthians also came to mind in response to this statement by Nate Clements: “Don’t let someone else’s opinion become your reality.”

As we continue on our lifelong journey of discovery of who we are, many times we encounter varying opinions, as our identity unfolds through the changing seasons of life. Recently conversations with various individuals have centered on the issues of identity, as we all, particularly Christian believers, struggle to find and maintain our “true identity.”  Among of the principal challenges of the whole of humanity is to find the answer to two of life’s fundamental questions: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” For followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, God, our Father, the Creator of Life, provides the answers to those questions and every other question anyone may seek to find answers to in the Word of God which becomes the mirror in which we see ourselves clearly revealed.” The following poem also expresses what we are learning about who we really are:

Our True Identity

But we all, with open face beholding

as in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II Corinthians 3:18

We look in the mirror of God’s Word and we see

People of God transformed to be all we shall become,

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

 

Released from shackles of a slave mentality,

The bondage of Egypt we have now overcome.

We look in the mirror of God’s Word and we see.

 

As we are pressing onward to our destiny,

In our hearts we have prepared for God a new home,

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

 

In Christ we are made new, our new reality:

Walking in love, models of the Father’s Kingdom.

We look in the mirror of God’s Word and we see.

 

Blessings in double measure abound toward us richly,

Flowing by the spirit in knowledge and wisdom,

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

 

We live to fulfill our prophetic destiny,

As joys unfold with even greater joys to come.

We look in the mirror of God’s Word and we see

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

As believers, the essence of who we are is grounded in God’s opinion of us and not any individual’s assessment of who we are.  As Steven Curtis Chapman sings, we are “Who You say we are.”

Perfectly joined together

May 21, 2016

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The Verse of the Day for yesterday focused on being of “one mind,” and the Verse of the Day for today, May 21, 2016, could be considered a second verse of the same song calling for unity in the One Body. Take a look at this request:

1 Corinthians 1:10 [Amplified]

But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

The Darby Bible offers a similar translation:

 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all say the same thing, and that there be not among you divisions; but that ye be perfectly united in the same mind and in the same opinion.

The verse expresses God’s desire for unity among believers, that there be no divisions, literally, no splits, breaches, or schisms, for we have been called in one body. Ephesians 4:3-6 (AMP) also remind believers to strive to remain unified within the Body of Christ:

 Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful]. There is one body [of believers] and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when called [to salvation] — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all who is [sovereign] over all and [working] through all and [living] in all.

Instead of being divided, the body of believers is to be unified, perfectly joined together. The term “joined together” is derived from the Greek word meaning to repair, to mend, to reunite and make perfect what has been broken. We are familiar with the colloquial expression: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” The converse would also hold true: “If it’s broken, then fix it!” Certainly this would apply to the Body of Christ, which is to be unified and not fractured nor divided, just as the human body is designed to be whole. Ephesians 4:16(AMP) speaks of the one body following the example set by Jesus Christ:

15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up in [unselfish] love

In reflecting upon the Verse of the Day, my mind goes back to 1971 when I was in the beginning stages of my development as a teacher and writer. I remember being asked to produce a writing sample, and I wrote a brief commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:10. Since that time, I have endeavored to study and teach the Word of God, as an expression of my gratitude to my Heavenly Father, who preserved me and kept me while I served in the US Army during the Vietnam era. Like countless young people and adults, I rode the crest of the Jesus Revolution, the revival movement that swept the nation during the 1960s and 70s. One of the popular Christian songs considered to be an anthem of that unforgettable time-frame captures the essence of the message of today’s blog entry: “We Are One in the Spirit / By Our Love” offered by the Mark Swayze Band.

           

The Power of Agreement: “I come in agreement with the Lord.”

July 14, 2015

Matthew 18--19This past Sunday at the end of a powerful time of ministry at Christian Provision Ministries, Bishop Charles Mellette ended by exhorting the congregation to make this declaration throughout the week: “I come in agreement with the Lord.” As I considered deeply this statement, I thought of the expression “terms of agreement.” The word “terms” relates the important provisions or conditions that determine the nature and scope of an agreement, which is defined as “harmony of opinion or accord.” An agreement is also said to be an arrangement between parties regarding a course of action. Legally speaking, it is a properly executed and legally binding contract or covenant. Expressing the terms of agreement in writing results in a document embodying such a legally binding contract. When we come into agreement with the Word of God, we recognize that our acknowledging and repeating the Scriptures is simply an expression of “terms of an agreement” between two parties: God and the believer speaking the Word. The entire experience this past Sunday also brought to mind the following poem composed 10 years ago:

The Power of Agreement

Again I say unto you, That if two of you

shall agree on earth as touching any thing

that they shall ask, it shall be done for them

of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 18:19

 

If only we completely understood that

when we come into full agreement with God’s will

and His Word, He actually breathes life into us,

as well as our situations.

Sandie Freed

                                              

 

Boundless power lies in the hands of those who agree.

As touching anything that two of them shall ask,

God hastens to perform, to fulfill their decree,

No matter how small or how great the task.

Those who ask shall receive, and those who seek shall find.

To those who knock, it shall be opened unto;

Those who become one in heart and soul and in mind

Scale the mountain of faith to gain a grander view,

To know the transforming power of the spoken word,

Far beyond the bounds that finite minds encompass.

Nothing shall be withheld from those in one accord,

Who declare that their words have already come to pass.

Once agreed upon, the deed is already done

For those whose heart and soul have been fused into one.

As believers, the Bible encourages us to be in agreement, most notably in Romans 12:16 (Holman Christian Standard Bible):

Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

A similar appeal is found in 1 Corinthians 1:10 in the Amplified Bible:

But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

At the end of the powerful exhortation last Sunday, we were encouraged to speak the phrase “I come in agreement with the Lord” at least seven times a day for the next seven days. The number seven, of course, represents spiritual perfection. To facilitate carrying out this declaration, I wrote the following as a reminder:

 “I come in agreement with the Lord.”

 

 Again I say unto you, That if two of you

 shall agree on earth as touching any thing

 that they shall ask, it shall be done for them

 of my Father which is in heaven.

 Matthew 18:19

                       

When we face roadblocks in our lives, God will always make a way.

Some folks say you won’t make it, but we don’t care what they may say.

Watch and see what happens when you do this seven times a day.

The boundless power of agreement is revealed in the Word.

Speak the Word and say, “I come in agreement with the Lord.”

As we pursue the things of God, tribulations will arise,

Whenever the enemy attacks, no matter what he tries,

Just say, “The Devil is a liar, and the father of lies”

The boundless power of agreement is revealed in the Word.

Satan tries to make us think that we are going to lose our mind,

But instead of fear, power, love, and a sound mind are what we find

God prepares the way before us so that we won’t be left behind.

Speak the Word and say, “I come in agreement with the Lord.”

We are on the road to success and looking at the bottom line.

Despite the economic forecast, we know that we will be fine.

Prosperity and good health are part of God’s divine design.

The boundless power of agreement is revealed in the Word.

Christ came to set the captives free, to end confusion and strife.

To strengthen relationships as friends, family, husband and wife,

Christ came that we might know the fullness of more abundant life.

Speak the Word and say, “I come in agreement with the Lord.”

No matter what we may be facing, we stand upon the Word

With the whole armor: picking up the shield and wielding the sword.

Each day we agree with each other and stand in one accord.            

Seven times a day say, “I come in agreement with the Lord.”

The boundless power of agreement is revealed in the Word.

Speak the Word and say, “I come in agreement with the Lord.”

To round out our discussion of the Power of Agreement, listen to Donald Lawrence along with Israel Houghton, as they proclaim “We Agree.”

Reflections on 1 Corinthians 1:10

May 21, 2015

1_Corinthians_1-10Today’s blog entry, originally posted a year ago, has been revised  and is re-posted below:

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT):

[Divisions in the Church] I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

In reflecting upon the Verse of the Day for May 21, 2015, my mind goes back to a period of time during the beginning stages of my development as a teacher and writer 44 years ago. E.W. Bullinger in his signature work Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, notes the importance of the number 40 and its association with a period of probation and trial. As a product of 5 and 8, it points to the action of grace (5), leading to and ending in revival and renewal (8). With the number 44, Bullinger mentions that four is the number of creation, of man in relation to the world as created by God. These thoughts come to mind as I am reflecting and engaging in the writing process.

In 1971, I remember being asked to produce a writing sample, and I wrote a brief commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:10. Since that time, 44 years ago, I have come to appreciate the same verse in the Amplified Bible that renders a more precise definition of the word “judgment.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 [Amplified]

But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

The Darby Bible offers a similar translation:

 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all say the same thing, and that there be not among you divisions; but that ye be perfectly united in the same mind and in the same opinion.

Someone has said that opinions are like noses—everybody has one. Even so, believers are encouraged to hold the same opinion regarding who we are in Christ. The verse from 1 Corinthians also came to mind in response to this statement by Nate Clements: “Don’t let someone else’s opinion become your reality.”

As we continue on our lifelong journey of discovery of who we are, many times we encounter varying opinions, as our identity unfolds through the changing seasons of life. Recently conversations with various individuals have centered on the issue of identity, as everyone struggles to find and maintain his or her “true identity” Among of the principal challenges of the whole of humanity is to find the answer to two of life’s fundamental questions: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” For the believer, God, our Father, the Creator of Life, provides the answers to those questions and every other question anyone may seek to find answers to in the Word of God which becomes the mirror in which we see ourselves clearly revealed.” The following poem expresses what I am learning about who I really am:

My True Identity

But we all, with open face beholding

as in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II Corinthians 3:18

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see,

Not the man I am but the man I shall become,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

Released from shackles of a slave mentality,

The bondage of Egypt I have now overcome.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see.

I smile as I keep singing of “A Brand New Me.”

In my heart I have prepared for God a new home,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

“I am what I am” is my new reality:

A first-born son, model of the Father’s Kingdom.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see.

God’s blessings in double measure overtake me,

Flowing by the spirit in knowledge and wisdom,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

I live to fulfill my prophetic destiny,

As joys unfold with even greater joys to come.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

As a believer, the essence of who I am is grounded in God’s opinion of me and not any individual’s assessment of who I am. Israel Houghton and New Breed express this truth in the song “Identity.”

As He is one: We are one

February 1, 2015

deuteronomy-6-4-5

The Verse of the Day for February 1, 2015 is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (New Living Translation):

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

This passage is part of the Shema, a daily prayer that is spoken the Jewish tradition. The Hebrew word Shema, which means “hear,” begins this most important request in verse 4. The entire prayer includes verses 4-9. In the New Living Translation, the word shema is translated “Listen”:

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates

The Verse of the Day brings to mind a related verse that speaks of unity in the New Testament. In 1971, I remember being asked to produce a writing sample at the beginning of my first year in a ministry leadership training program, and I wrote a brief commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:10:

 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Since that time, 44 years ago, I have come to appreciate the same verse in the Amplified Bible that renders a more precise definition of the word “judgment.”

1 Corinthians 1:10:

But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

Someone has said that opinions are like noses—everybody has one. Even so, believers are encouraged to hold the same opinion regarding who we are in Christ. I think of the lines from a song that was especially meaningful to me when I really experienced the love of Christ for myself and came to know Him intimately and personally as my savior: “We are one in the Spirit.” Here are the lyrics:

We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord

And we pray that all unity
May one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love

We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
And together we’ll spread the news
That God is in our land

We will work with each other
We will work side by side
We will work with each other
We will work side by side
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity
And save each man’s pride

All praise to the Father
From whom all things come
And all praise to Christ Jesus His only son
And all praise to the Spirit
Who makes us one

Jars of Clay provide a musical reminder that, indeed, “We are one in the Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 1:10–having the same opinion

May 21, 2014

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In reflecting upon the Verse of the Day for May 21, 2014, my mind goes back to 1971 when I was in the beginning stages of my development as a teacher and writer. I remember being asked to produce a writing sample, and I wrote a brief commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:10. Since that time, more than 30 years ago, I have come to appreciate the same verse in the Amplified Bible that renders a more precise definition of the word “judgment.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 [Amplified]

But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

The Darby Bible offers a similar translation:

 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all say the same thing, and that there be not among you divisions; but that ye be perfectly united in the same mind and in the same opinion.

Someone has said that opinions are like noses—everybody has one. Even so, believers are encouraged to hold the same opinion regarding who we are in Christ. The verse from 1 Corinthians also came to mind in response to this statement by Nate Clements: “Don’t let someone else’s opinion become your reality.”

As we continue on our lifelong journey of discovery of who we are, many times we encounter varying opinions, as our identity unfolds through the changing seasons of life. Recently conversations with various individuals have centered on the issue of identity, as everyone struggles to find and maintain his or her “true identity” Among the principal challenges of the whole of humanity is to find the answer to two of life’s fundamental questions: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” For the believer, God, our Father, the Creator of Life, provides the answers to those questions and every other question anyone may seek to find answers to in the Word of God which becomes the mirror in which we see ourselves clearly revealed.” The following poem expresses what I am learning about who I really am:

My True Identity

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:18

 

 

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see,

Not the man I am but the man I shall become,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

Released from shackles of a slave mentality,

The bondage of Egypt I have now overcome.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see.

 

I smile as I keep singing of “A Brand New Me.”

In my heart I have prepared for God a new home,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

“I am what I am” is my new reality:

A first-born son, model of the Father’s Kingdom.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see.

 

God’s blessings in double measure overtake me,

Flowing by the spirit in knowledge and wisdom,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

I live to fulfill my prophetic destiny,

As joys unfold with even greater joys to come.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

As a believer, the essence of who I am is grounded in God’s opinion of me and not any individual’s assessment of who I am. Israel Houghton and New Breed express this truth in the song “Identity.”