Just added – The Meaning of Life and Other Minor Matters

Just added, a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 2, by J Stewart Gillespie:

‘The Meaning of Life and Other Minor Matters’

The Meaning of Life and Other Minor Matters

Notes:

As we open up the chapter we are presented with an overview of Pauls missionary endeavour at Corinth, a mission so successful that in modern times it would be referred to, perhaps inaccurately as revival.
The whole chapter is in essence a reflection of “when I came to you” (2:1)
Paul reflects on the success of his mission amongst them
This was no ‘boast in the post’
In fact when he reflects on his own contribution to the success of this missionary endeavour; he first focuses on all of the attributes he does not have:

Excellency of speech (2:1)
Wisdom (2:1)
Weakness (2:3)
Fear (2:3)
Much trembling (2:3)

These attributes were not uncommon in the Lords servants:

Excellency of speech (2:1) – Moses could have identified with that (Exodus 4:10)
Wisdom (2:1) – Peter and John could have identified with that (Acts 4:13)
Weakness (2:3) – Samson could have identified with that (Judges 16:20)
Fear (2:3) – Gideon, 3 times could identify with this (Judges 6:27)
Much trembling (2:3) – Ezekiel (12:18) and Daniel (10:11) could identify with this.

Despite coming in his weakness there was no shortage of power.
That power came from God

1. Character of the Preacher
2. Consequences of the Preaching

Demonstration of the Spirit (2:4)
Drawing, revealing, convicting, converting to Christ

Demonstration of Power (2:4)

Signs of the apostles (2 Co12:12)
Exposition of scripture (Acts 18)
Experience of the presence of Christ (1Co14)

3. Content of the Message (2:6ff)

No mere rhetoric
Deep content
Paul had as his content: “we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery” (2:7)

2 possible translations (after Gordon D Fee):

1. “we mysteriously preach the wisdom of God”
2. “we preach the mysterious wisdom of God”

“the mysterious wisdom of God” seems to fit well with the 2nd half of verse 7
They had an interest in that
They were not satisfied with what others were satisfied with:

Beyond Paganism – “eye could see”
Beyond Philosophy – “ear could ear”
Beyond Asceticism – “neither has it entered into the heart of man”

These people were looking for more
Only God could provide it: “mystery wisdom of God”
There are about 14 such mysteries running through the NT, all perhaps best viewed as aspects of one supreme mystery of all things gathered together in Christ and for His Glory (Ephesians 1)
These mysteries are the biblical answer to the question:

Why? – Why am I here?
What? – What is the meaning of life?
The mystery of the wisdom of God:

“Gods predestined and foreordained eternal purpose for His creation in Christ, hidden until the time of fulfilment and revelation, for the Glory of His Son and consequently the blessing of His people.”

This is Gods plan – He is in charge
There is purpose in life and the creation
The purpose given by God results in actions, attitudes and activities with eternal meaning and value – one of the first metaphysical thoughts I ever recall having – looking forward to Christmas and as it rapidly approached realising that it would equally as rapidly recede, leaving actions and experiences as past, done and gone, as transient and potentially as meaningless as the melting snow. God gives eternal and abiding meaning to His creation and His creature.

The mystery wisdom of God gathers together:

1. The Mystery of Israel in Unbelief (Rom 11:25)
2. The Mystery of Gods grace in Christ (Rom 16:25)
3. The Mystery of the Rapture (1 Co 15:51)
4. The Mystery of Gods Will (Eph 1:9)
5. The Mystery of the Jew and Gentile in 1 Body (Eph 3:4-11)
6. The Mystery of the Union of Christ and the Church (Eph 5:32)
7. The Mystery of Christ in you the Hope of Glory (Col 1:26-29)
8. The Mystery of Christ (Col 4:3)
9. The Mystery of the 7 Stars (Rev 1:20)
10. The Mystery of God (Rev 10:7)
11. The Mystery of Iniquity (2 Thess 2:7)
12. The Mystery of the Faith (1 Tim 3:9)
13. The Mystery of Godliness (1 Tim 3:4)
14. The Mystery of Babylon the Great (Rev 17:17)

As a consequence of this appreciation that the meaning and purpose of life and the universe are hidden in the secret counsels of God, Paul will drop a bomb shell, leaving a mushroom cloud so large that the entire Corinthians religious system collapses in the shock wave, namely that attached to knowing God and understanding the purpose and meaning of life there is a condition.

4. Conditions to Knowing God

These 8 verses (2:9-14) destroy the whole of:

Pagan
Philosophical
Ascetic

Religious thinking
That if we look for more than:

Eye can see
Ear can hear
Entered into the heart of man

We are cast completely and utterly on the Grace of God alone!
Such a revelation is:

No one really knows what is going on in the heart and mind of another (2:11) only their Spirit (2:11).

If appearance and reputation and opinion is an unreliable way to assess what is really going on in anothers heart or what another person is truly like then why do we rely on it for something infinitely more important – our understanding of God Himself and His purposes?

Yet people deal in their understanding of God in an unbelievably superficial manner:

What I think about God
What I feel about God
Uncritically accepting popular culture
Embracing angles, myths, legends and fairy stories

verse 12 must have come as something of a bombshell:

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (2:12)

That the Spirit of God was given to these believers with a purpose!

“ Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (1Co2:12)

The end result of any genuine exercise of the Spirit of God must be to draw us deeper into an enjoyment of Christ.

“freely given” : charizomai: 5483 : from ‘charis’ : grace – to show someone favour, be kind to, to give or bestow a thing willingly.

The gift of tongues fulfilled this purpose in the Acts of the apostles!
This was news for the Corinthians!
This would hit at the heart of many of the Corinthian problems.
Gods Spirit is not present to amuse them nor entertain them nor to make them ‘big’ (1 Co 13:4), but He is for the general profit of all (1 Co 12:7; 14:3).

This would have resolved much of the issue over tongues at Corinth (1Co14) with their many words without profit (1Co14:19) and that we recall is spoken of the genuine gift of tongues.

So then:

The Spirit of God reveals the truth of God (2:10)
The Spirit of God gives the words to communicate that truth (2:13)
The Spirit of God is given to receive that truth (2:12) and empower our understanding

Thus the communication of the truth of the Spirit is by means of Spirit inspired and given words – the spiritual means of communicating spiritual truth (2:13).

a) The Spirit of God reveals the truth of God (2:10) – Sovereign and Spiritual revelation of God – The Source

How can I learn this?
How can I obtain this?
How can I buy this?

cf. Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:18)
I can’t!
Such an understanding of God must be received by supernatural revelation by the Spirit (2:10).
Pauls religions destroying statement to knowing God:

‘the knowledge of God alone comes from God’

Such a statement requires and deserves some justification, so here it is (2:11)
Who really knows what is going on in my heart and my life but my spirit.
Likewise God.

This is a Gracious ministry of God – dependant on the Grace of God alone – unearned

Because this is Gods revelation of God it is by Grace.
Who can give to God anything in exchange?
It is “freely given” (2:12) : charizoma – from ‘charis’ – grace

b) Received only by those who have His Spirit, Conditional – on moral and spiritual qualifications for reception

The enjoyment then of Divine revelation depends upon our relationship with the Spirit of God
Moral qualifications are required to maintain the enjoyment of that link with the Lord to continue to grow and feed upon Christ.
This is the subject of chapter 3- some have grieved the Spirit and have become hindered in their spiritual growth.

c) The Spirit of God gives the words to communicate that truth (2:13)

Thus the communication of the truth of the Spirit is by means of Spirit inspired and given words – the spiritual means of communicating spiritual truth (2:13).

Easter

Mp3 Messages for Easter:

 

Easter – 3 Bad Reasons for Unbelief – Luke Chp 24 – JS Gillespie – 05042015

 

Job Chapter 19 verse 26 – Easter 2013 – and Job had a hope – J Stewart Gillespie – 31032013

 

A Message for Easter – 1 Corinthians chp 15 – Mark Johnstone (Linwood) – 24042011

 

Luke Chp24 – An Unexpected Resurrection – J Stewart Gillespie – 04042010

 

Luke Chp 24 – When Everything Seems to Go Wrong – J Stewart Gillespie – 25032008

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Martin Brown – 11042017

 

 

When I Came to You

As a job application it was destined to leave the apostle Paul well off of the interview short-list, yet chapter 2 opens with a self appraisal which leaves the reader in no doubt as to Pauls short comings. He wasn’t big on wisdom, speaking wasn’t his strong point, he lacked self confidence and felt his weakness. Despite all of this the mission at Corinth had been a rip roaring success! It always had been the case that when God chose a man suitable for His service He had rejected anyone too proud to acquiesce to His omnipotence. God always sought a servant willing to become a channel clean enough, through which blessing might flow to others; and that blessing was GREAT!

Just added to our section on 1 Corinthians:

1 Corinthians chapter 2 vs 1 to 9 – When I Came to You – JS Gillespie – 01042014.mp3

Gospel – J Stewart Gillespie 2011

mp3 recordings of Gospel messages preached by J Stewart Gillespie in 2011

Through the Gate Called Beautiful – Acts 3 – Stewart Gillespie – 02012011

Romans chapter 11 verse 25 – When Ignorance is not Bliss – J Stewart Gillespie – 06022011

Mark Chapter 1 – Christ at Sunset – J Stewart Gillespie – 20022011

Christ at Twilight – Mark chp 4 vs 35 to 41 – J Stewart Gillespie – 06032011

Mark Chapter 9 verses 14 to 29 – Finding Christ in Failure – J S Gillespie – 03042011

Mark chapter 10 – 10 minutes with God – Religion in Crises – J S Gillespie – 30042011

Hebrews Chapter 3 – What have I learned about God – J Stewart Gillespie – 05062011

Romans chapter 15 verses 1 to 13 – There is Hope – J Stewart Gillespie – 19062011

Hebrews chapter 2 verse 9 – But We See Jesus – J S Gillespie – 04072011

Romans chapter 15 verse 14 – The Change God Makes – J S Gillespie – 07082011

Hebrews chapter 1 verses 1 to 3 – What is God Like – JS Gillespie – 04092011

Acts chp 2 – The Gospel off to a Great Start – JS Gillespie – 02102011

Romans Chapter 16 verse 27 – Amen – JS Gillespie – 16102011

3 Restless Nights – J Stewart Gillespie – 30102011

nchrist.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Hebrews-Chp-1-vs-1-to-3-The-Secret-of-Salvation-JS-Gillespie-20112011.mp3″>Hebrews Chapter 1 verses 1 to 3 – The Secret of Salvation – JS Gillespie – 20112011

Gospel 2013

mp3 recordings to download or play online from our Sunday evening Gospel services held in the Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock in 2013

Bible Basics 9 – Eternal Judgment – JS Gillespie – 06012013

For God so Loved – John chp3 vs 16 – Gordon Armstrong – 13012013

This Man had a Conversion – 1 Timothy chp 1 vs 12 to 17 – William Houston (Kilmarnock) – 27012013

God is What He is – JS Gillespie – 03022013

Who is Jesus – Craig Mackie (New Cumnock) – 10022013

Just One Sin – Tom Jenkinson (Galston) – 17022013

Christianity – What is It – Craig MacKie – 10032013

Who is Jesus – Craig Welsh – 17032013

Peter – Changed at the Mountain – Matthew chp 17 – Craig Mackie – 14042013

Job Chapter 19 verse 26 – Easter 2013 – and Job had a hope – J Stewart Gillespie – 31032013

Lord Fix My Problem – Luke chp 17 vs 11 to 19 – Stephen Grant (Bridge of Weir) – 12052013

Sin Pays Wages – Peter Hinshelwood – 20052013

Listen Up – John Gillespie (Ayr) – 02062013

The Good Shepherd – John chp 10 – Robert Gray – 23062013

Mark chapter 1 verses 1 to 8 – The Beginning of Something Big Really Big – JS Gillespie – 03032013

Mark chp 1 – A Fame that Spread – J Stewart Gillespie – 07042013

The Heart that Moves the Hand of God – Mark chp 1 vs 40 to 45 – JS Gillespie – 21042013

Mark chp 2 vs 1 to 12 – Its Not a Roof Its a Faith Filter – JS Gillespie – 28042013

Mark chp 4 vs 1 to 20 – Christ in the Pulpit – JS Gillespie – 26052013

Peace – Mark chp 4 to 5 – JS Gillespie – 30062013

Mark chp 6 vs 30 to 44 – Broken Bread and Fallen Heroes – J Stewart Gillespie – 21072013

Mark chp 6 and 7 – Beyond the Loaves and the Fishes – JS Gillespie – 04082013

Mark chp 10 vs 17 to 27 – Stuck in the Eye of a Needle – JS Gillespie – 25082013

Mark chp 12 vs 13 to 37 – Frequently Asked Questions – JS Gillespie – 15092013

Mark chp 15 – Time to Change Your Mind – JS Gillespie – 06102013

What Is God Like – Bill Stevely – Hebrews chp 1 vs 1 to 3 – 07072013

Ignoring the Warning – Jim Wade (Prestwick) – 18082013

Luke chapter 4 – Christ Can Set You Free – Jim Armstrong (Stevenston) – 21092013

Mark chapter 10 vs 46 to 52 – Casting off the Old Clothes – John Dunlop (Crosshouse) – 29092013

Acts chp 1 vs 1 to 11 – With Passion and With Power – JS Gillespie – 27102013

Acts chp 2 vs 21 to 40 – Who is The Lord – JS Gillespie – 17112013

Beauty and the Beggar – Acts chp 3 vs 1 to 19 – JS Gillespie – 01122013

Acts chp 4 – How Jesus Christ Changed the World – JS Gillespie – 050102013

Faith – 1 Peter chp 1 – Craig Mackie – 08092013

Sin and Salvation – Mark Johnstone (Linwood) – Romans chp 3 – 03112013

Light Life and Love – 1 Peter chp 2 – Craig McKie – 08122013

Luke chapter 1 verses 26 – 38 – Prepare for a Miracle – JS Gillespie – 22122013

Irvine Conference 2011

mp3 recordings from the annual Christian Conference held in Townhead Gospel Hall Irvine 2011

Revival in the Days of Deborah – Judges 4 and 5 – John Grant – 20082011

Romans Chp 16 vs 1 to 7 – Just a List of Names – JS Gillespie – 20082011

The Bottle The Book and the Basin – Robert Cameron – 20082011

Gospel – J Stewart Gillespie 2010

Downloadable mp3 recordings of Gospel messages preached by J Stewart Gillespie in 2010

 

Psalm 116 – Living to Love God Some More – J Stewart Gillespie – 03012009

 

Matthew Chapter 4 – Jesus Christ – Who is He Why did He Come – J Stewart Gillespie – 10012010

 

Jesus Christ – The Man The Message and the Mystery – 08022010 – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Matthew Chapter 9 vs 14 to 26 – Grasping the Glory – JS Gillespie – 28022010

 

Ruth Chp 1 – Finding God in Failure – 14032010

 

Luke Chp24 – An Unexpected Resurrection – J Stewart Gillespie – 04042010

 

Psalm 6 – The Problem of the Troubled Conscience – JS Gillespie – 25042010

 

Isaiah Chapter 1 – A Message for the World – J Stewart Gillespie – 23052010

 

Isaiah chapter 6 – When Time Touched Eternity – JS Gillespie – 06062010

 

Isaiah Chapter 7 – Crisis Coincidence and the Call of God – J Stewart Gillespie – 20062010

 

Luke Chp 15 – Lost and Loved – J Stewart Gillespie – 13072010

 

Bad Way to Die – J Stewart Gillespie – 25072010

 

Isaiah chapter 8 – A Pen A Page and A Prophet of God – J Stewart Gillespie – 15082010

 

Isaiah chapter 11 – A Shoot out of Jesses Stump – J Stewart Gillespie – 22082010

 

Psalm 146 – What Have I Got to Praise God about Anyway – JS Gillespie -13092010

 

Isaiah chp 9 – The Way God Works – JS Gillespie – 03102010

 

Isaiah Chapter 12 – God My Saviour – JS Gillespie – 10102010

 

Genesis chapter 1 – Finding Some Answers at Last – JS Gillespie – 31102010

 

Genesis chapter 3 – Getting Back to Paradise -J Stewart Gillespie – 22112010

 

Genesis chp 4 – Good Folk and Bad Folk – J Stewart Gillespie – 28112010

Mark – 4

Recordings of messages preached from Marks Gospel – Page 4

 

 

No 13- Mark Chapter 6 Verses 1 to 6 – The Rejected Christ – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 09062002

 

No14- Mark Chapter 6 – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 10062002

 

No15- Mark Chapter 6 Verse 34- Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 11062002

 

No 16- Mark chapter 6 & John chapter 10- I AM the Good Shepherd + I AM the Door – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 12062002

 

No17 – Mark Chapter 6 Verses 45 to 52 – Lifes Journey – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 13062002

 

No18- Mark Chapter 7 Verses 5 to 23 – The Heart – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 16062002

 

No19 – John Dunn Testimony – 17062002

 

No20 – Mark Chapter 7 Verse 24 – He Could not be Hid – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 18062002

 

No21 – Mark Chapters 7 and 8 – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 19062002

 

No22 – Mark Chapter 8 Verses 1 to 10 – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 20062002

 

No23 – Mark Chapter 8 Verses 36 and 37 – Ian Robertson (Auchinleck) – 23062002

 

Job

download mp3 bible teaching from the book of Job:

 

Job Chapter 7 verse 17 – What is Man 1 – Ian Robertson – -300303

 

Job Chapter 7 verse 17 to 18 – What is Man 2 – Ian Robertson – 310303

 

Job Chapter 9 verse 2 – How Should Man be Just with God – Ian Robertson – 010403

 

Job chpater 14 verse 10 – Man Dies and Where is He – Ian Robertson – 06042003

 

Job Chapter 14 verse 10 – Man Dies and Where is He – Hell – Ian Robertson – 070403

 

Job chapter 14 verse 10 – Man Dies and Where is He – Heaven – Ian Robertson – 080403

 

Job Chapter 19 verse 26 – Easter 2013 – and Job had a hope – J Stewart Gillespie – 31032013

 

Job chapter 21 verse 15 – What is the Almighty that we should serve Him – Ian Robertson – 130403

 

Job chapter 21 verse 15 – What Profit if we Pray unto Him – Ian Robertson – 140403

 

Job chpater 13 verse 23 – How Many are my Sins – Ian Robertson – 160403

 

Job – Bad Things and Good People – Alan Park – 20102015