Some Christian theologians argue that a woman should not be teaching a man about Godly things, but I feel that I can learn a lot about God’s word and about writing with Kay’s guidance. I feel strongly about divine inspiration in which God can use anyone or anything to get the work of His ministry done. That being said, I have asked my friend and sister in Christ, Kay to be my mentor and my editor for my upcoming blogs. The Bible states that He is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:7-11 KJV). I interpret that to mean that He does not think more highly of male or female, Jew or Gentile, slave, or free. We are all Christ and Christ is in us all and above all. My thought is that it would do the body of Christ well to follow His example. The Spirit of God uses anyone who is willing to humble themselves and just listen. The gender, age, race, or cultural background of someone has never been a barrier for Him. Mankind may discriminate one from another but our Lord does not. The Word states that God the Father has spoken to us in these last days in His Son Christ Jesus and Christ has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh; at least upon those who are willing to believe and to receive it from Him: Heb. 1: 1 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;” (NKJV)
This blog is to serve as an introduction to my plans regarding future writings. My goal is to do a chapter-by-chapter commentary on a book I read in the early 1980’s and have kept in my possession titled “ Putting Away Childish Things” written by David Seamands. I find the name to be striking when you consider that it was written to and for Christians. The title is taken from Paul’s first epistle to the church in Corinth, which is found in 1 Corinthians. The Corinthian church was dealing with serious issues within its ranks. At that time, a young man was in a sexual relationship with his father’s widow, there was misuse and abuse of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit as well as other activities that grieved the Lord and Paul.
In the middle of that letter, the apostle Paul shared what is known as the “Love Chapter”. I will close this blog with that chapter, but read it in the light of verse 11 because practicing the love of God hinges on becoming mature men and women. (Ephesians 4; 11-14)
1st Corithians 13: 1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (NKJV) To be continued…