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|A Prayer for Purity|
“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”—1 Corinthians 5:6-7
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”—1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Sin—particularly known sin—weakens the church.
In context, Paul is chastising the church at Corinth because they had allowed at least one immoral relationship to continue without disciplining the offenders. Paul chides them for not mourning over their failure, but rather continuing with business as usual and even bragging about how great their church was. But God will not stand by without some form of discipline and judgment of His own. And in such a case, the whole church suffers. Public sin must have some kind of public discipline.
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|A Prayer About Appearing at the Judgment Seat of Christ|
“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.”—1 Corinthians 3:12-13
All believers will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give account of themselves to God. Let us suppose that every deed we’ve done since our conversion is turned into either a piece of precious metal or a piece straw depending on the quality of the work. Then let us imagine that our works are torched so that when we stand next to Jesus, we will see for ourselves how fruitful (or unfruitful) we were in this life.
In fact, I’m told that a man had just such a dream. In it, Jesus took the man’s works and lit them. The fire burned brightly, and when it was over, he noticed that there were bits of metal that survived the flames. With a small brush he brushed all of these tiny and pieces of gold and silver into his hand.
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