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Even Paul Needed The Body For Correction And Accountability

September 12, 2014

Greetings,

“After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome.  Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.  Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.  When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.  But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, ”Your blood be on your own heads!  I am clear of my responsibility.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”  Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God.  Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.  Acts 18:1-8

I believe I see something in this passage.  Something that can be easily missed in everyday reading, but I still see it now.  What I see is the body of Christ reaching out and giving accountability and encouragement to Paul.

Before Silas and Timothy arrived in Corinth Paul was going to the synagogue and REASONING with the Jews and Greeks trying to PERSUADE them and it seems like he was not getting very good results.  However, as soon as Silas and Timothy show up Paul completely changes his message and method away from human reasoning and persuasion to EXCLUSIVELY PREACHING and TESTIFYING that Jesus was the Christ.  I contend that it is quite possible that Silas and Timothy corrected Paul and brought about this change in his ministry in Corinth.

I know I may be reaching here, but when I have shared this with others in the body over the years it has been for the most part well received.  One thing for sure is that something changed when Silas and Timothy came to Corinth.  I also know that human reasoning and persuasion never bring the type of results that preaching and testifying in The Spirit do.  Here we see Paul changing his message and method and right away he gets a response.  Sure the initial response is opposition and abuse, but shortly thereafter Paul moves his ministry to a home and then many Corinthians believed and were baptized.

There is a huge difference between using our heads and using our hearts.  Knowledge puffs up and can often stand in the way of real Spirit led sharing.  I know this because I have been there and I have gladly received correction from the body many times.  Paul was human just as we are and he made mistakes just like we do.  When we gather with other believers for free & open fellowship perhaps the main question we ask ourselves when we are about to share is…..Is it me, or is it God?  Quite frankly the only way to find out is to go ahead and share and allow the Body to judge our offerings.  (1 Corinthians 14)  Many are afraid to share because they might be wrong, but in our fear there is so much pride and in our pride so much fear.  The only way to work through this with one another is to be honest and allow those we have come to love and trust to judge our sharing.  So I say when you think you have something to share… GO FOR IT!  Because we can all share in turn and allow the Spirit to work among and in us.  It takes the whole body functioning as it should to determine what His message is on any given day.  Me?  I want encouragement and accountability.  When we all share, the message is beautiful and bears fruit.  So please share away and allow the Body to determine what is excellent and of The Spirit.

Love and ….

Kirk Out !

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5 Comments
  1. Brother, awesome insight, and very interesting stab at what changed, I won’t put it to doctrine, yet find this thought of yours awesome, for quite true something changed and reminded Paul it is only by God’s Spirit doing the preaching that others see their need and believe then receive and are free to just be vessels for God’s truth to be preached through them, not actually them, God through them as that is what Christ did show us all. For he did nothing nor said nothing without God’s lead, so Christ took no credit for the works he did and Father crowned him with Father’s righteousness, and rose him from the dead. And Paul knew this being taught from Christ in Christ’s resurrected state, yet as you said still in unredeemed flesh, Alive in Spirit and truth and yet dead to flesh. so we are to not put any confidence in flesh, and reckon ourselves dead daily to flesh and thus daily alive to Father in Spirit and truth thanks to Christ our perfect mediator
    Thanks Brother. Let us all grow to the unity of the Faith where no anger exists, and we trust God in the Spirit to do the speaking for us and be accountable when we do not do that. Which I as Paul said I am weak, and do not claim to have attained and out what is behind me behind me
    Thank you fro putting all things behind you and not being angered over anything I have said seeing that I have never meant any harm to you or anyone

    • "BK" permalink

      An old, old minister once said, “There is no shame in saying I WAS wrong.” His point was, share and if you are corrected (by the Lord through anyone) don’t be ashamed, just receive it and go on a little richer in Christ. I like your thoughts here alot….heading upstairs to read them to Ken now. And, Howard, I love your last sentence in your reply and say your spirit is so appreciated. We be brethren! Love in Jesus, “BK”

      • All praise to Father by Christ the Son who did the impossible that we could ever do. Thank you Sister if it causes you to Love in the way God loved and continues to, Amen fro when we get imputed this below and see it, we or I get undone
        1 Corinthians 13:4-7New International Version (NIV)

        4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  2. Jack permalink

    Thanks Chris. I really appreciate this perspective a ton. Your message today brings me to Ephesians 4 where we are told to speak the truth in love for the maturity of the Body. Absolutely!! If we share in love and correct in love there’s growth and health all around. I’ve noticed lately that when someone’s “correcting” others when driven by their flesh it’s full of anger, exasperation, pride etc. The Spirit however bears His fruit every time. In sharing AND correcting!! Love, peace, patience, joy etc.

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