April 7, 2021
Thank you! – 54
After a little more than three months, I have finished reading and commenting on Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and now the first of Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 13,265 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first seven books of the New Testament. It has taken me almost seven years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
Over 1,000 people have emailed me that they are following this project in some form or another. 242 people follow this blog every day. Many people have visited this site. The highest recent month was October, 2020 when 1,939 people visited this site. There have been over 76,287 hits on this blog since its inception. I just want to thank all of you. Word Press sent me a compilation that showed that about 6,800 people from 84 countries visited this web site in 2015.
I realize that 24,147 of you have left comments, but I have not responded to them. Some of you might want to moderate my comments, which is fine with me. If you want to contact me directly, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of you sent me more than ten emails about how you liked this website. They include:
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Here is a list of the others who have sent email comments during the past three months:
Stuart M. Perkins
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Julie Sheppard aka Reiko Chinen
Pick Me Up Poetry. Making poetry a conversation
Child Of God
Thank you to everyone.
Peace – love – joy
Paul said that the churches in Asia sent a greeting to them. Thus, they were to greet each other with a holy kiss. Paul then wrote something with his own hand. He wanted the Lord to come again. Finally, he asked that the grace and the love of Jesus Christ be with them.
Paul talked about the collection for the holy Jewish Christians in Jerusalem in this conclusion. He wanted them to take up weekly collections for this gift to go to Jerusalem, so that they would not have to take a collection when he came to visit them. He would go with them if it pleased them. He wanted only upstanding people to go on this mission.
Paul’s closing remarks in his letters usually contained his intentions and efforts to improve the community. He would first conclude by wishing them peace. He included a prayer request also. He wanted them to greet each other with his name. They should offer his friends a holy kiss. Finally, he gave a final grace and benediction.
Paul said that we will be changed. In a moment, the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised. This perishable nature will put on imperishability. Our mortal nature will become immortal. In immortality, death will be swallowed up. Death will lose its sting. Death will be conquered. Death will have no victory. The sting of death is sin. This victory comes from our Lord Jesus Christ. We have to remain steadfast in the work of the Lord, where there is no labor in vain.
Paul said that the first man Adam became a living soul, but the last man Christ became a life-giving spirit. The physical man came first, then the spiritual man. One was from earthly dust, but the other was from heaven. Since you are both from the man of dust and the man of heaven, you bear the image of the man of dust and the man of heaven. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The perishable cannot inherit the imperishable.
Paul said that the body will be sown perishable but rise as imperishable. Dishonor and weakness will become glory and power. The physical body will become a spiritual body. The transformation will be complete.
Paul asked them what kind of body do you expect in the resurrection? Life comes from death. What you sow you will reap. Death is like the sowing of a seed. The seed is buried in the ground and then it sprouts with a new body. God gives the seeds a new body. Just like different plants, all of us have different fleshy bodies. Thus, we will have celestial bodies that are different from our terrestrial bodies. The glory of our heavenly body will be different from our current earthly body. The resurrected dead will be glorified and transformed. Just as the heavenly bodies in the sky are all different, so too will our heavenly bodies be different.
Paul asked why were they baptized? Why was Paul in danger all the time? Paul was boasting about the Corinthians. Paul died every day. What had he to gain in Ephesus? Why not just enjoy life by eating, drinking, and being merry? They had to stay away from bad company that would ruin their morals. They were to sin no more. They should have some knowledge about God.