Sunday 07 February  2005

 

Dear Believer,

 

I am exited to announce that together with Image Ministries and other duties, I will be running a campus of Shalom Worship Centre in Centurion, South Africa. A need has evolved for a Southern Campus due to an increase in membership of this region. The congregants and interested parties may now attend worship celebrations at the Bakenkop primary school in Centurion on Sunday evenings at 18h00. We thank Dr. Stassen and his team for this opportunity. If you live, or are visiting in  Centurion and Midrand we invite you to attend these events.

 

Ek is opgewonde om aan te kondig dat saam met Image Ministries sal ek van nou af die Shalombedieningsentrum Centurionkampus hanteer.  Die behoefte vir 'n suidbediening is geïdentifiseer  as gevolg van die lidmate in die omgewing.  Die Shalomlede en belangstellendes kan nou 'n aandbyeenkoms bywoon te Bakenkoplaerskool, Wiedapark, Centurion.  Die geelenthede sal om 18h00 elke Sondag plaasvind.  Ons bedank Dr. Stassen en sy span vir die geleentheid.  Besoek ons gerus as u in die Centurion of Midrandomgewing woon.

 

Please feel free to use these studies in care groups, Bible studies and at home for spiritual enrichment.

 

Remember; To have a full knowledge of Christ one must live within the realms of salvation and have a personal relationship with God. .

 

Best regards

Pastor, Dr Cliff  Ferguson   prayer@image.org.za

Image Ministries    http://image.org.za

 

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 The book of 1 Corinthians; Chapter 2

1 Corinthians 2

2:1 And I, brothers, when I came to you, did not come with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 2:5 so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

2:6 But, we speak wisdom among those who are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, that come to nothing. 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, which God has hidden, predetermining it before the world for our glory; 2:8 which none of the rulers of this world knew (for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory). 2:9 But as it is written, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard," nor has it entered into the heart of man, "the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 2:10 But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. 2:11 For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of man within him? So also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 2:12 But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 2:15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one. 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Scriptural Context 

 

The knowledge of Christ (1-5):

Paul does not profess to be one who comes to the congregation professional, or praiseworthy person. He does not even acknowledge his own wisdom or that of another. The context of wisdom in the Greek text is twofold; worldly and spiritual (Strong, 2000; G4678) "σοφία; sophia; sof-ee'-ah; From G4680; wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual): - wisdom".

 

Instead Paul advises the following in Corinth that he is human with all the same expectations they have. The assurance is given that preaching is the proclamation of God through Christ. This proclamation of the word, Kērugma, causes a demonstration of the Spirit, which proves the power, dunamis, of God (Strong, 2000; G2782) "κήρυγμα; kērugma; kay'-roog-mah; From G2784; a proclamation (by implication the gospel itself): - preaching"; (Strong, 2000; G1411) "δύναμις dunamis; doo'-nam-is; From G1410; force ; specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might, miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work".

 

The Spirit of wisdom (6-16):

A denouncing of worldly wisdom takes place as Paul announces the Godly.  A gripping proposition is that if the wise of the then Hellenistic world had known God's plan or mystery,  Christ would not have been crucified. This means even Lucifer was kept in the dark. God's salvatory plan was a mystery to all but God and Christ.

 

God reveals mysteries to those who are washed in the blood of Christ. The wisdom of God defies all human prosperity, wealth and understanding. The wisdom, power and glory of God knows no law, boundary  and cannot be intercepted. It translates into a series of spiritual gifts only understood by God's elect. Because the Spirit is divine it's power and working contradict the physical world and the nature of man.

 

Becoming a spiritual being on the day of salvation causes a transformation of the mind. The frame of reference becomes spiritual causing a change in action and reaction. Children of God live and think differently. The Holy Spirit develops wisdom, assists in daily living and contradicts sin.

In context with daily living  

 

Your knowledge of Christ:

To have a knowledge of Christ one must live within the realms of salvation. This means we would not be removed from our human nature or our environment. We are in a relationship with God in Christ (2Co 4:6, 2:14; Phil 3:8; Col 1:9).

 

Our direction and existence must be in sequence with our divine calling. Our worldview is enhanced by the wisdom of God instilled in us by the Holy Spirit. The knowledge of Christ increases as we grow in the spiritual dimension.

 

A spiritual being:

The movement from the carnal to physical to the spiritual causes internal conflict. In proportion to spiritual growth the internal conflict between the requirements of the body and those of the spirit will diminish but will not disappear (Eph 4:13).

 

Being mortal with a divine calling causes an internal conflict which is linked to temptation. Even Christ, fully human and fully God was not exempt of being tempted. Temptation is overcome by an internal spiritual resistance. This resistance in built up by:

  • Faith (Mat 17:20; Rom 1:17;1Co 16:13)

  • Prayer (Psalm 42:8; Mat 21:22; Rom 12:12)

  • Fasting (Mat 6:16-17;17:21; 1Cor 7:5)

  • The gifts of the Spirit (Rom 12:6; 1Cor 12:8-10;28; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:38,39)

  • The fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22; Mat 7:19)

  • The body of Christ (Rom 12:4; Eph 4:12 )

The immune system of Christians is proportional to spiritual growth. This growth is inherent and is a personal responsibility. The body of Christ are called to hold upright those who are weak in the spirit for whatever reason. Even very mature Christians falter or want to, at some point or another (1Co 2:13; 14:1; 15:44; Eph 5:19; Col 1:9).

 

Living and thinking differently:

Building up a spiritual immune system to overrule temptation and hardship is linked to the way we live and think. We are called to live as:

  • People with a spiritual identity (1Cor 1:2)

  • Elect, sanctified by God through Christ (Col 3:16; 1Cor 6:11; 2Tim 2:21; Heb 2:11)

  • Healthy individuals (Jer 30:17; 3John 1:2)

  • In a royal priesthood (1Pe 2:5-9)

  • Guardians of the Christian community in  God's grace love and prosperity (Rom 7:4;12:5; 1Cor 12:27; Col 3:15;Eph 4:4)

In all you do say and believe remember the Spirit of God is always by our side, within us, and is the promise from God. His Spirit teaches, leads, guides, heals and does miracles for us.

 

Summary: 1 Corinthians 2

Has two main sections: 

  • 1 Corinthians  (2:1-5)              The knowledge of Christ

  • 1 Corinthians  (2:6-16)            The Spirit of wisdom

 

Die boek van 1 Korintiërs Hoofstuk 2

1 Korintiërs 2

2:1 Wat my betref, broers, toe ek na julle toe gekom het om die geheimnisvolle waarheid van God aan julle te verkondig, het ek nie met hoë woorde of groot geleerdheid gekom nie.  2:2 Ek het my voorgeneem om met julle oor niks anders te praat nie as oor Jesus as die Christus, en wel oor Hom as die gekruisigde.  2:3 Bewus van my swakheid, en met groot angs en huiwering, het ek na julle toe gekom.  2:4 Die boodskap wat ek verkondig, het julle oortuig, nie deur geleerdheid en welsprekendheid nie, maar deur die kragtige werking van die Gees.  2:5 Dus is julle geloof nie op die wysheid van mense gegrond nie, maar op die krag van God.

2:6 Tog is wat ons verkondig wysheid, maar net vir dié wat daarvoor ryp is, en dan ‘n wysheid wat nie van hierdie wêreld is of van die heersers van hierdie wêreld nie. Hulle is buitendien aan die ondergaan.  2:7 Wat ons verkondig, is die wysheid van God, die verborge waarheid wat bedek was en wat God van ewigheid af vir ons voorbestem het tot ons ewige heerlikheid.  2:8 Nie een van die heersers van hierdie wêreld het hierdie wysheid geken nie. As hulle dit geken het, sou hulle nie die Here van die heerlikheid gekruisig het nie.  2:9 Maar soos daar geskrywe staan: "Wat die oog nie gesien en die oor nie gehoor het nie," en wat in die hart van ‘n mens nie opgekom het nie, dit het God gereed gemaak vir dié wat Hom liefhet.  2:10 Aan ons dan het God dit deur die Gees bekend gemaak, want die Gees deursoek alle dinge, ook die diepste geheimenisse van God.  2:11 Watter mens ken die verborge dinge van ‘n mens behalwe die gees van die mens wat in hom is? So ook ken niemand die verborge dinge van God nie, behalwe die Gees van God.  2:12 Die Gees wat ons ontvang het, is nie die gees van die wêreld nie, maar die Gees wat van God kom. So weet ons wat God ons uit genade geskenk het.  2:13 Dit verkondig ons ook, nie met geleerde woorde wat die menslike wysheid ons leer nie, maar met woorde wat die Gees ons leer. So verklaar ons geestelike dinge aan mense wat die Gees het.  2:14 Die mens wat nie die Gees van God het nie, aanvaar nie die dinge van die Gees van God nie. Vir hom is dit onsin. Hy kan dit ook nie verstaan nie, omdat dit geestelik beoordeel moet word.  2:15 Die mens wat die Gees van God het, kan die waarde van alle dinge beoordeel, maar self kan hy deur geen mens beoordeel word nie.  2:16 Daar staan geskrywe: "Wie ken die gedagtes van die Here? Wie sal Hom raad gee?" Maar ons, ons het die Gees van Christus.

Skriftuurlike inhoud 

 

Die kennis van Christus (1-5):

Paulus gee nie voor om iemand te wees wat, professioneel of prysingswaardig, na die gemeente toe kom nie.  Hy erken nie eers sy eie wysheid of die van 'n ander nie.  Die verklaring van wysheid in die Griekse teks is tweevoudig:- wêreldlik en geestelik.   (Strong, 2000; G4678) "σοφία; sophia; sof-ee'-ah; From G4680; wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual): - wisdom".

 

In Korintiërs deel hy egter die mense mee dat hy 'n mens is met dieselfde verwagtinge as wat hulle het.  Hy gee aan hulle die versekering dat die boodskappe wat hy bring 'n bekendmaking van God self is deur Christus.  Hierdie bekendmaking van die woord Kērugma, gee 'n demonstrasie van die Gees wat die krag, dunamis, van God bewys (Strong, 2000; G2782) "κήρυγμα; kērugma; kay'-roog-mah; From G2784; a proclamation (by implication the gospel itself): - preaching"; (Strong, 2000; G1411) "δύναμις dunamis; doo'-nam-is; From G1410; force ; specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might, miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work".

 

Die Gees van wysheid (6-16):

Wanneer Paulus die Goddelik wysheid aankondig word die wêreldlike beëindig.  'n Aangrypende stelling is dat indien die wyses van die Helleense tydperk die saligheidsplan of misterie van God geken het, Christus nie gekruisig sou gewees het nie.  Dit beteken dat selfs Lucifer in die duister gehou was.  God se reddingsplan was verborge vir almal behalwe Godself en Christus.

 

God openbaar geheimenisse aan die wat deur Christus se bloed gewas is.  God se wysheid oorweldig alle menslike voorspoed, rykdom en verstand.  Die wysheid, krag en glorie van God ken geen wet of grense nie.  Dit kan nie gestuit word nie.  Dit vloei uit op 'n reeks geestelike gawes en net God se uitverkorenes kan dit verstaan.  Omdat die Gees goddelik is, gaan sy krag en werking die fisiese wêreld en natuur van die mens teë.

 

Die dag waarop die mens gered word, word hy 'n geestelike wese en dit verander sy sienswyse.  Hy ontwikkel 'n geestelike verwysingsraamwerk wat 'n verandering in dade en reaksie veroorsaak.  Kinders van God lewe en dink anders.  Die Heilige Gees ontwikkel wysheid, assisteer in die daaglikse lewe en weerstaan sonde.

 

In ooreenstemming met ons daaglikse lewe

 

Jou kennis van God:

'n Mens moet binne die grense van redding lewe om kennis van God te hê.  Dit beteken dat ons nie uit ons menslike natuur of omgewing weggeneem sal word nie.  Ons is in 'n verhouding met God deur Christus (2Kor 4:6, 2:14; Fil 3:8; Kol 1:9).

 

Ons rigting en bestaan moet in ooreenstemming met ons goddelike roeping wees.  Die Heilige Gees vervul ons met God se wysheid en dit versterk ons lewensbeskouing.  Die kennis van Christus vermeerder namate ons in die geestelike dimensie groei.

 

'n Geestelike wese:

Innerlike konflik word veroorsaak wanneer die verskuiwing vanaf die vleeslike na die fisiese na die geestelike plaasvind.  In verhouding met die geestelike groei sal die innerlike konflik tussen die behoeftes van die liggaam en die van die gees afneem maar nie verdwyn nie (Eff 4:13).

 

Om menslik te wees, met 'n goddelike roeping, veroorsaak innerlike konflik wat gekoppel is aan versoeking.  Selfs Christus volledig mens en volledig God was nie gevrywaar teen versoeking nie.  Versoeking word slegs deur innerlike geestelike weerstand oorwin.  Hierdie weerstand word op gebou deur:

  • Geloof (Mat 17:20; Rom 1:17;1Kor 16:13)

  • Gebed (Psalm 42:8; Mat 21:22; Rom 12:12)

  • Vas (Mat 6:16-17;17:21; 1Kor 7:5)

  • Die gawes van die Gees (Rom 12:6; 1Kor 12:8-10;28; Joel 2:28; Hnd 2:38,39)

  • Die vrugte van die Gees (Gal 5:22; Mat 7:19)

  • Die liggaam van Christus (Rom 12:4; Eff 4:12 )

Die ontoeganklikheid van Christus se sisteem is in verhouding tot geestelike groei.  Hierdie groei is inherent en 'n persoonlike verantwoordelikheid.  Dit word van die liggaam van Christus verwag om diegene wat swak in die gees is, om watter rede ookal, staande te hou.  Op een of ander stadium fouteer volwaardige Christene of neig hulle daartoe (1Ko 2:13; 14:1; 15:44; Eff 5:19; Kol 1:9).

 

Lewe en dink anders:

Om 'n geestelike ontoeganklike sisteem op te bou om versoeking te oorwin is gekoppel aan die manier wat ons lewe en dink.  Ons word geroep om soos volg te lewe:

  • Mense met 'n geestelike identiteit  (1Kor 1:2)

  • Uitverkose, geheilig deur God in Christus  (Kol 3:16; 1Kor 6:11; 2Tim 2:21; Heb 2:11)

  • Gesonde individu (Jer 30:17; 3Joh 1:2)

  • In 'n koninklike priesterdom(1Pet 2:5-9)

  • Bewaarders van die Christelike gemeenskap in God se genade, liefde en voorspoed (Rom 7:4;12:5; 1Cor 12:27; Col 3:15;Eph 4:4)

In alles wat jy sê en glo onthou dat die Gees van God altyd by en binne ons is - so ook God se belofte.  Sy Gees leer, lei en wys vir ons die weg aan.  God  laat genesing en wonderwerke so plaasvind.

Opsomming:

 

1 Korintiërs 2 het twee hoof afdelings:

 

  • 1 Corinthians  (2:1-5)             Die kennis van God

  • 1 Corinthians  (2:6-16)          Die Gees van wyshied

 

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