Monday, 8/28/2017

 

It has been about four months ago that Linda and I talked about leaving Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) because the price for the “bundle” was becoming cost-prohibitive for our pocket book. I had begun to investigate other options but had to stop because the Kitchen Project took so much time. I dabbled in my investigation during the months that went by, but had not taken the step to disassociate ourselves from Spectrum. About three weeks ago, I took a concerted effort to investigate the options and take the plunge. After hours and hours of checking on the options and the prices, I nailed it down to using Spectrum as my internet provider, to use Vonage as our telephone provider, and to begin streaming with Sling TV. We have Hallmark movie and mystery channels for Linda, so we are all set. We are happy with our choices so far, yet the Spectrum ended up costing us $20 a month more than originally quoted by a service representative. If that remains to be true, we shall probably change to U-Verse for a while and if it provides us with a good Internet speed, we shall keep it.

 

PS Please pray for the Beyer family. Del is in hospice in the hospital at this time. He was given 24-48 hours to live a week ago and is physically hanging on. Pray for God’s grace at and patience as to God’s timing regarding Del’s home-going. The family is weary and tired as they have someone in the room 24 hours a day. Thank you!

 

1 Corinthians 9:1-3 - 1Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me.

Subject:  The Seal of Apostleship

 

The apostle Paul switches to a different topic of a defense of his apostleship. The bottom line is that he defends the fact that he ministered without taking resources for his work as an apostle. It is sad to note that there were those that were striving to undermine his apostleship and, even worse, those that were believers who believed what was being stated about Paul. Paul had ministered to the Corinthians for a period of about 2 years. Many were saved by his ministry and were now assured of their salvation. It is heartbreaking to have to defend one’s apostolic authority to a people that he loved very dearly.

 

He begins writing in this chapter with four questions. The first question of freedom relates to being free to not accept financial payment for his services as an apostle (context in verse 12). The second question is related to the subject of being a special messenger of God. He was sent by God but there were those who denied his apostleship. The third question relates to the fact of being a true apostle, that is, one has to see the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. This is one of the criterion of being an apostle to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:22). Of course, Paul had seen the resurrected Lord Jesus as he states in 1 Cor. 15:8.

 

The last question regarding his apostleship is the results of what he did in Corinth in those months of ministry and the souls that were saved. If there is one evidence of a person’s workmanship in the field of God, it is the leading of souls to Jesus Christ. Paul had led many to Christ in this city. He poured his heart and soul into the lives of the people and God bore the fruit of his labors.

 

Yes, to some of the people in the assembly Paul did not seem to be an apostle, but to those who trusted Christ under his ministry, they should acknowledge that God sent him there. The true seal (credential, validation, proof, evidence of genuineness) is the believers in Corinth. It is with that in mind that he sets out to defend his apostleship before those who would examine (interrogate, questions, hear a case) of his defense.

 

What are the evidences of your salvation? What are you doing that shows some fruit or results of your work for the Lord Jesus Christ? One day we shall all be examined before the Judgment Seat of Christ for what we have done in this body. Are you ready for that day? If you are a Christian, you will not miss being fairly judged for the life you lived as a Christian. God will hand out the rewards without partiality.

 

Ready for my judgment,

 

Pastor Les

 

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible  (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.