Wednesday, April 15, 2009

1 Corinthians 8:6

8:6 But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, f of whom [are] all things, and we g in him; and h one Lord Jesus Christ, i by whom [are] all things, and we by him.

Geneva Study Bible:

(f) When the Father is distinguished from the Son, he is named the beginning of all things.(g) We have our being in him.(h) But as the Father is called Lord, so is the Son therefore God: therefore this word "one" does not regard the persons, but the natures.(i) This word "by" does not signify the instrumental cause, but the efficient: for the Father and the Son work together, which is not so to be taken that we make two causes, seeing they have both but one nature, though they are distinct persons.

Matthew Henry:

The danger of having a high conceit of knowledge. (1-6)

Verses 1-6: There is no proof of ignorance more common than conceit of knowledge. Much may be known, when nothing is known to good purpose. And those who think they know any thing, and grow vain thereon, are the least likely to make good use of their knowledge. Satan hurts some as much by tempting them to be proud of mental powers, as others, by alluring to sensuality. Knowledge which puffs up the possessor, and renders him confident, is as dangerous as self-righteous pride, though what he knows may be right. Without holy affections all human knowledge is worthless. The heathens had gods of higher and lower degree; gods many, and lords many; so called, but not such in truth. Christians know better. One God made all, and has power over all. The one God, even the Father, signifies the Godhead as the sole object of all religious worship; and the Lord Jesus Christ denotes the person of Emmanuel, God manifest in the flesh, One with the Father, and with us; the appointed Mediator, and Lord of all; through whom we come to the Father, and through whom the Father sends all blessings to us, by the influence and working of the Holy Spirit. While we refuse all worship to the many who are called gods and lords, and to saints and angels, let us try whether we really come to God by faith in Christ.

Father I pray You will draw many hearts to Yourself through Your Son Jesus Christ...turn them towards the Light of the world and give them repentance for their sins...deep conviction...saving conviction of their sins which are against You and You only. You are the God of salvation and nothing is too hard for You. Break up and pull down the strongholds that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God...make Yourself known Lord...make Yourself known to many hearts today.

Thank You for Your saving mercies...amen.

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