Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Jesus’ message the same as John the Baptist’s. At hand—near, approaching. The person of Christ, He is the King. Fishers of men—raising them to a higher form of fishing! They left the tools of their old trade and followed Him.
1 Corinthians 3:4-9
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.9 For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
Dividing over personalities is what unbelievers do. Ministers—servants, those who brought the ministry of reconciliation. Paul established church; Apollos came in after Paul. Increase—to grow, by work of God’s Spirit.
Psalm 127:1: Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
We labor with God. We are His instruments, and He is the one working, so that our part ends up being small. Everyone will be rewarded for what they did to grow the church. We are faulty judges and get partisan.
Vietnam body count—if you can’t count what’s important, you make what you can count to be important.
he said, A certain man had two sons:12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that fall to me. And he divided unto them his living.13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
God gives people over to their desires, in hopes that they’ll learn. Far country—far away from God. Famine—Just to make sure he feels maximum misery! Came—arrive, make an appearance, join with, show itself. He finally saw who he was.
Go to my father—the one he ran from is the one he runs to.
--The goodness of God leads us to repentance.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Kissed him—the dirty one who was just eating with pigs! The father already knows what the confession is and cuts it off. Repentance and conversion—although all things were essentially the same, they were also all new!
And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Jesus knew Saul before Saul knew Jesus! Pricks—the goad to prod the ox, if the oxen kick it, it only increases the pain. Although people are used in the process, God can accomplish salvation in many ways.