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Patient faith can be humiliating

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When Abraham was aged ninety-nine and his wife eighty-nine, the Lord appeared to him and promise that his wife would bear him a son within a year, But there was a catch this time. He needed to change his name from Abram, meaning Exalted Father to Abraham, which means The Father of Many. You can just imagine the reaction of his friends when they receive a card from Abraham assuming it was an invitation to his hundredth birthday party. Instead they find an announcement from the childless nonagenarian that from now on he wanted them to address him as the Father of Many. It was humiliating, but then patient faith often is. It is costly but it never goes unrewarded.

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Dead works

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The Lord appeared a fourth time to Abraham with a promise: his descendants would be as many as the stars in the night sky. Abraham believed him but frustrated by the delay, he took matters into his own hands and made his wife’s slave girl pregnant instead. This lead to the greatest faith test of all. His attempt to receive God’s promises through dead works provoked God’s silence for the next thirteen years

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Prime the pump

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There is a famous story about a man who got lost in the desert and was dying of thirst. He stumbled across an old shack with a rusty water pump next to it, a little of bottle of water with a note. “The pump is good but will need priming,” the not informed him. “If you pour a small amount of water into the pump, you will displace all the air and be able to pump all the water you need.”

The man had a choice. He could survive a few more hours by drinking the small amount of water in the bottle or he could throw it all away in the belief that it would unlock great unseen reservoirs of water. He took a leap of faith. He poured the water into the pump and began to move the handle. At first his efforts yielded nothing and he began to fear that he made the sacrifice for nothing, but then suddenly fresh water began to flow freely. He drank and showered, then filled all teh containers in teh shack. They would enable him to find his way our of the desert and back home.

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Faith and works

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James has just exposed the powerlessness of the Jewish law or of pagan morality to save anyone. We are saved by faith in Jesus alone. Now he clarifies that saving faith in Jesus can never be alone. It is always expressed by a strong desire to do whatever he says. Somebody who claims to believe in Jesus but merely talks about helping the poor and needy within God’s family cannot truly posses saving faith at all.

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Therefore Paul ends 1 Corinthians

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Therefore Paul ends 1 Corinthians chapter 9 by reminding his readers that our efforts for the Gospel are never in vain. If we discipline ourselves to pray, to mix with non-Christians and to share the Gospel with them no matter what their reaction may be, we will win a far greater prize than the laurel-crowned victors at the Isthmian games. Part of this prize will be simply to enjoy eternity with those we save from judgment. Another part will be that our efforts to spread the contagion of the Gosple provide powerful proof that we have truly believed it ourselves. Still more is the way our training prepares us to rule in the age to come and enables the Lord to entrust us with greater heavenly reward than we could ever have imagined.

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From the book "Straight to the Heart of 1 & 2 Corinthians: 60 Bite-sized Insights (The Straight to the Heart Series)"

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Of course non Christians behave

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Of course non Christians behave in a non Christian manner. That’s simply the fruit of the worldview that they hold. I can’t shout at my cherry tree for not producing apples or curse my apple tree for not producing cherries. They are simply different trees that produce different kinds of fruit. That’s why Jesus could be friends with unbelieving prostitutes, drunkards and swindlers who simply lived in the light of their unbelieving worldview, but clashed with the Pharisees who pretended to be something that they were not.

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Our culture treats tolerance as

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Our culture treats tolerance as the ultimate virtue. This means on two counts we are in same danger as Corinth of ignoring the cancer of sexual sin. God can use any church that is saved trhough the Gospel, but a church that is truly saved will also take sin seriously. Paul urges us to recognise who we really are through Jesus the Passover Lamb and to live in the light of our new identity in him. “Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast – as you really are.

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Cancer/Yeast Paul doesn’t use the word

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Cancer/Yeast

Paul doesn’t use the word “cancer” in this chapter (1 Cor 5). That word was only coined by teh Greek doctor Hippocrates in about 400BCm so teh Old Testament authors used a different metaphor instead. God chose yeast, which like cancer spreads rapidly and secretly, because the Hebrews knew its power to ferment and destroy food left un protected. The Lord command Aaron and the priests, “Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast” and he ordained the seven day feast of Unleavened Bread each year after the Passover. Jesus had applied this principle in Mark 8:15 when he warned his followers to “Watch out for the yeast of teh Pharisees and that of Herod” and Paul had applied it earlier in Galatians 5:9 when he warned that “A Little yeast works through the whole batch of dough”. Yeast, cancer: it didn’t really matter which metaphor he used. Sexual immorality within teh church at Corinth would spread, infect and destroy the whole body unless they dealt with it radically.

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