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1 Corinthians 11:31,32 – Being disciplined

27-09-2019 - Posted by Andre Piet

For if we adjudicated ourselves, we would not be judged. Yet being judged, we are being disciplined by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

That there were a considerable number of sick, weak, and reposed among the Corinthian believers, was due to their spiritual condition Paul says. Positively formulated, “the discrimination of the body”, or the understanding of what ‘bread and cup’ speak of, has a healing, vitalising effect. Formulated negatively, however, the lack of discernment means that this healing effect must be lacking. That is the situation in Corinth. The spiritual ‘vitamin’ was missing and hence their lousy condition. If this defect had been recognized, the Lord would not have had to take disciplinary action.

Yet, no matter how sad the situation in Corinth may be, Paul explains it positively. Because the fact that the Lord is disciplining us means that He is teaching and correcting us. But also through damage and shame, increases wisdom. That is a big difference with the world that in the first instance will just be judged. Although fortunately that will not have the last word. But today the Lord is actively involved with us who believe and educates us. In all circumstances

 

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