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after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called : but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise ; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are : that no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ 30 Jesus is the fountain of wisdom Jesus, who of God is made and of all good to us. unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption : that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.



Jan. 20, May 19, SEPT, 17. * AND I, brethren, when I i St. Paul trusted not to his elocame to you, came not with quence, but to his doctrine. excellency of speech or of preached not himself, but Christ

Jesus. wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. * And I was with you in

3 He felt awestruck at the weight weakness, and in fear, and in

of his charge, and his own weakness much trembling. And my to bear it. Faith sustained him. speech and my preaching was Thus the ministers of the Gospel not with enticing words of

now labour in the strength of Him

whose work they do. man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power : that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. • Howbeit we speak wisdom 6 He calls them perfect, who had among them that are perfect: a full, or perfect, understanding of yet not the wisdom of this the nature of the Gospel. world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 'but we speak the wisdom of

7 The Gospel was faintly shadowed God in a mystery, even the by the Law and the Prophets ; and, hidden wisdom, which God by a wonderful mystery, Jesus was ordained before the world

the “ Lamb of God, slain from the

foundation of the world." unto our glory : 8 which none

8 None of the rulers-neither Jew nor of the princes of this world Gentile ; neither Herod nor Pilate. knew : for had they known Father, forgive them ! for they it, they would not have cru

know not what they do.” cified the Lord of glory. "But peace of the righteous here, which

. Glorious terms — indicating the as it is written, Eye hath not passeth understanding, and foreseen, nor ear heard, neither shadowing their inconceivable joys have entered into the heart of hereafter. man, the things which God hath prepared for them that lore him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit : for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the

11 If we pray not for, and gain the things of a man, save the Spirit of God, we cannot know spispirit of man which is in ritual things him ? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of

13 Comparing the promises of the God. 13 Which things also Gospel, revealed in the Old Testa. we speak, not in the words ment, with their accomplishment in which man's wisdom teach- the New, eth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 When we receive a teacher's in16 For who hath known the struction, we are said to “ receive mind of the Lord, that he his mind.” Happy they, and truly may instruct him? But we

wise, who gladly and obedientiy

receive the instruction of Christ ! have the mind of Christ.


Jan. 21, May 20, SEPT. 18. AND I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 You feel that it is the work of * For ye are yet carnal: for your spiritual life, to resist these and whereas there is among you

such like carnal affections.

* Without the Spirit of God to help us, in gaining a spiritual and saving knowledge of heavenly things, we are as surely spiritually dead, as we shall be dead in the body, when our own spirit of life leaves it. As the spirit of a man is necessary to enable the body to exercise its proper powers, these being natural ; so the Spirit of God is necessary to enable the soul to fulfil the duties assigned to it, these being spiritual. Without this Spirit, the human mind sinks into weakness and degradation. This alone preserves it lofty and strong. Its intellectual powers, its courage, its liberty of thought and action, are of themselves no sufficient security. Its only safety-strength from above.


envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one * Divisions too often spring from saith, I am of Paul ; and an- pride. (See i. 11, & Rom. xvi. 17.) other, I am of Apollos ; are ye not carnal ? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered ; but God gave the i St. Paul yields not in zeal and increase. So then neither labour to other apostles ; yet how is he that planteth any thing, prompt the humility with which he

attributes success to God only! neither he that watereth ; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own 9 This thought is not less comfortlabour. For we are labour- ing to your minister than encouers together with God: ye raging to you. are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now

12 Jesus Christ is a foundation, if any man build upon this

pure and glorious. As for“ gold, silfoundation gold, silver, pre- ver, precious stones,” let no man cious stones, wood, hay, stub- think it safe to build upon that founble; every man's work shall dation, Worldly hopes they will be be made manifest : for the stroyed in the day of the Lord.

wood, hay, stubble :" deday shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire ; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall

15 Work out your own salvation with receive a reward. 19 If any fear and trembling; as one saved in man's work shall be burned, haste from the fire which rageth he shall suffer loss : but he around ; lest delay cut off safety. himself shall be saved; yet 16 Take heed then that thy heart is so as by fire. Know ye pure, and fitted to receive that holy

inmate, not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy ; for the temple of God is holy, which temple 18 Let him accept the Gospel, ye are. 18 Let no man de- though the world term it folly. ceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this

19 Because no worldly wisdom mak

but as


world is foolishness with God.

eth wise unto salvation. That is the For it is written, He taketh gift of God. the wise in their own crafti- 20 If the wise in this world think to ness. 20 And again, The gain heaven by their wisdom, their Lord knoweth the thoughts thoughts are yain. Human reasca

saveth not souls. of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's ; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours ; 23 and ye are Christ's; 23 Ye are bound to obey the will of and Christ is God's.

Christ, even as Christ, for your sake, obeyed the will of God.


Jan. 22, May 21, SEPT. 19. · Let a man so account of us, 1 Then bear with your minister as of the ministers of Christ, patiently. He may well be faithful, and stewards of the mysteries who must give account to God. of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with 3 Whoever lives prepared for the with me it is a very small judgment of God, need not fear the thing that I should be judged judgment of man. of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. * For I know nothing by my- 4 Our own infirmity justifies not self; yet am I not hereby want of faithfulness. justified: but he that judgeth 5 All shall have just recompenes me is the Lord. 5 Therefore the good, reward for Christ's sake ; judge nothing before the time, the impenitent, punishment. until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts : and then shall every man have praise of God. And these things, brethren,

6 « Though I have illustrated my I have in a figure transferred precept by the example of Apollus to myself and to Apollos for and myself, yet the instruction as to your sakes; that ye might the authority of ministers, and the learn in us not to think of duty of their people towards them,

is of a general application." men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. ? For who maketh thee to

7 This is applied by the apostle differ from another ? and what chiefly to check the vanity of these hast thou that thou didst not preachers of the Gospel, who set receive? now if thou didst themselves up, the one above the receive it,

why dost thou other.



glory, as if thou hadst not 8 Corinth was a great commercial received it ? Now ye are

city--the abode of the wealthy and

the great. Worldliness was its chafull, now ye are rich, ye

racteristic. St. Paul wishes that have reigned as kings with- happiness really reigned in it. out us : and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death : for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. Even unto this

11 What an affecting picture of the present hour we both hunger,

Apostles' sufferings ! It may well and thirst, and are naked, serve to reconcile the preachers of and are buffeted, and have the Gospel now to the various trials no certain dwellingplace; and of faith and patience, which, though

of different stamp, so often perplex labour, working with our own

and harass them. hands : being reviled, we bless ; being persecuted, we suffer it : being defamed, we intreat : we are made as the filth of the earth, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my be- 13 “ Through my preaching ye were loved sons I warn you. ** For converted— born again—in Christ though ye have ten thousand Jesus. Therefore I am to you, as instructers in Christ, yet have

to Timothy, a spiritual father.” ye not many fathers : for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus *, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come 19 “ I will examine into the authoto you.

19 But I will come rity of these selfsufficient persons.” to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?


JAN, 23, May 22, SEPT. 20. 'It is reported commonly 1 A worldly spirit naturally leads that there is fornication among to a vicious and profligate life.

* To Timothy St. Paul addressed two Epistles.

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