1 & 2 Corinthians
— Read and listen to the Bible being read at the same time; also, A. R. Wells, 1908, shares a (self-application) “tiny meditation” on each chapter.
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Click for a brief summary of the book of 1 Corinthians.
1) Read the “tiny meditation” before and/or after you read the Bible chapter to help make a self-appllication of the scriptures read.
2) Want to use both your eye gate and ear gate in taking in the Word? Just click the “Read” chapter to get started. Click help if you need instructions on how to use the audio Bible.
Click to Read 1 Corinthians 1—My Wisdom
Let me not seek to be wise above my Lord. What unwisdom is more foolish than to vaunt one’s self above the God of wisdom? When I would teach, let me first learn; and when I would learn, let me first empty myself of pride.
Read 1 Corinthians 2—My Mind
To have the mind of Christ! Ah, what honor, what glory, is so mysteriously exalted? To think God’s thoughts after Him in human science–that is wonderful; but to think with the mind of God–that is the climax of faith.
Read 1 Corinthians 3—My Foundation
Whether I know it or not, daily and hourly I am building my life. I am building it upon something, gold or hay, silver or stubble. Some day it is to be tested, building and foundation and all. Ah, what of the trivial affairs that occupy me is to be compared with this affair about which I think so little?
Read 1 Corinthians 4—My Stewardship
Only one thing is required of me,–faithfulness to the task and powers entrusted to me. Not faithfulness tomorrow, but today. Not fidelity to an ideal, but the actual. Not loyalty to some impossible vision, but loyalty to the duty of the hour.
Read 1 Corinthians 5—My Purity
How easy is contamination; How little of evil leaven will leaven the whole lump of my life! How necessary is daily purifying, hourly watchfulness, instant readiness to repel the assaults of the devil!
Read 1 Corinthians 6—My Body
My body a temple of the Holy Spirit of God! How impossible that seems, knowing all the evil that is in me! How possible it seems, knowing all the mercy that is in God!
Read 1 Corinthians 7—My World
It is my world. All things are mine, in Christ, the maker of all things. But it is a bubble world, though it is mine, and Christ’s. Its fashion passes away. I will use it while it lasts, but it shall not use me.
Read 1 Corinthians 8—My Liberty
Grant, O God of my conscience, in whom I walk freely and boldly, that my freedom enslave not any one, and my boldness put not any to shame. Help me to live not as alone, but always as by the side of my brother; who may in many ways be stronger than I, but in some ways also weaker than I.
Read 1 Corinthians 9—My Reward
I have a right to my reward; but let me look carefully what reward I shall claim. It must not be a lower reward when I may claim the higher. It must not be a temporal reward if that would shut out the eternal recompense.
Read 1 Corinthians 10—My Escape
Am I tempted? Is it hard to withstand? Am I almost persuaded to evil? In the temptation itself is hidden a way of escape, if I will seize upon it. I need not look to another hour; my salvation is in this very moment, this time of my testing and weakness.
Read 1 Corinthians 11—My Remembrance
When I bethink myself that Christ desired me to remember Him, how am I exalted! That I, a dust-grain of His universe, should take thought of Him! And then, when I bethink myself how empty is my life of that remembrance, how am I filled with shame and remorse!
Read 1 Corinthians 12—My Gifts
I cannot speak, but I can pray. I cannot evangelize, but I can testify. I cannot teach, but I can give. Something is given me; shall I fail to use it because it is not everything?
Read 1 Corinthians 13—My Love
What is my love? Is it the desire to be served, or to serve? Is it jealous absorption, or eager self-giving? Does it suffer long, or make others suffer long? Is it unfailing, or fluctuating? There is a love that is greater than even faith and hope. There is a love that is hardly to be called a grace at all. Which is mine?
Read 1 Corinthians 14—My Edifying
I am not so unwise, but I have some wisdom that will help others. I am not so weak but there is some one whom I can strengthen. My life is not so ruinous but there is some life that I can build up. And I shall best build up my own life if I seek ever to build up the lives of other men.
Read 1 Corinthians 15—My Victory
If Christ has conquered death for me, why do I make His conquest of no effect through my fear and dread? If death has a sting for me, my own death or the death of my beloved, then Christ, so far as I am concerned, has not conquered death. Ah, is it not, rather, that He has not yet conquered me?
Read 1 Corinthians 16—My Staunchness
I can quit me like a man, I can be strong, but only as I watch unceasingly, only as I stand fast in the faith. If, even in the faith, I stand unsteadily; if, even in the faith, I keep a poor guard against the allurements of the world and its sore temptations, I shall not acquit myself as a man, but as a child and a weakling.
Click for a brief summary of the book of 2 Corinthians
Click to Read 2 Corinthians 1—My Consistency
In God shall be my yea and my nay and my Amen. If I agree always with Him, I shall not mind that I do not always agree with myself. He shall be my consistency, before my conscience and before men.
Read 2 Corinthians 2—My Savour
If I am of God, I shall be a test to other men, a standard, a praise or a condemnation. I shall not judge them, but God within me will judge them. The Christ-life will judge them. Do I shrink from this, as if it separated me from others? Nay, it joins me with Him, and with His!
Read 2 Corinthians 3—My Transformation
How shall I become Christlike? By looking upon Christ. Not by any deeds of mine, but by my love. I do not become like Christ by imitation, but by association. This is because it is not I that makes the transformation–how impossible for me!–but Christ, of His great love.
Read 2 Corinthians 4—My Affliction
It is a light affliction, though it seems heavy at the time. It is light, because my Savior carries it with me. It is but for a moment, thought it seems sadly long. It is transitory, because though it lasted all my life, it would last only an instant in eternity.
Read 2 Corinthians 5–My Newness
If at any time I grow tired of my life, if it seems stale and unprofitable, let me know in that hour that I have wandered from Christ. For if I live with Him and in Him and He with me and in me, all will be new in my life from day to day. Everything will be fresh and interesting.
Read 2 Corinthians 6—My Alliances
Am I unequally yoke with any unbeliever? In society, in business, in pleasure, do I seek with eagerness the company of God’s people? When I seek out the unbeliever, is it that I may turn him to belief? Let me rejoice in God’s people, even as I rejoice in God.
Read 2 Corinthians 7—My Contrition
I am not to rejoice in all kinds of sorrow. There is a sorrow for worldly things which does despite to my Father in heaven. But there is a godly sorrow for sin, working repentance, in which I am to rejoice, and will rejoice. The experience is not pleasant, any more than the surgeon’s knife; but the health is sweet.
Read 2 Corinthians 8—My Liberality
Let not mine be the gathering that impoverishes, but the scattering that increases. Let me learn so to give as to grow. May the spirit of the great Giver animate me. Let me be a faithful steward, that mine may be the mastership of what I have. For I know that there is no having by hoarding.
Read 2 Corinthians 9—My Thankfulness
It is an unspeakable gift; but I am to try to speak it. It passes knowledge, but I am to try to measure it. Not all tongues in all times could tell it, but my tongue, in this present time, is to tell it. For if only eternity can express it, then surely it is time to begin the gratitude!
Read 2 Corinthians 10—My Glorying
If I boast, let me glory in the Lord. Let it be a vaunting of what God has done for me and through me. Indeed, what else have I, of which to boast? What else has any man? If I glory in anything as if it were my own, I condemn myself in my boasting.
Read 2 Corinthians 11—My Perils
Let me make my perils, my sorrows, my sufferings, occasions of glorying, even as Paul did with his. They are tokens that God thinks me worth testing. Or, they are even evidences that God deems me able to bear the most undoubted witness to His power, the witness that is borne in trials. Either way they are my highest honor.
Thorns in the flesh? Yes, many of them! Who has not? But such thorns as Paul had,–ah, how few of us have them! Thorns by patient courage encrusted with jewels. Thorns by wise insight become agents of healing. Thorns by union with the Lord Jesus Christ become crowns, even such as He wore upon the cross.
Read 2 Corinthians 13—My Testing
Need I wait for the testing of the Lord? Why may I not test my faith myself? Why may I not put myself to the proof in all the ways of hardship and endurance that God could use? Shall I build a character and not try the building to see whether it will stand the stress of the elements, the strain of time?