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13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

1 CORINTHIANS 16

Love for the needy (1–4). These instructions concern the offering Paul was taking up from the churches to help the needy believers in Judea (Rom. 15:25–27). The principles involved may be applied to Christian giving in general: our giving should be voluntary, in proportion to God’s blessing, systematic, and handled honestly.

Love for leaders (5–12). We have the privilege of encouraging God’s work as we pray for His servants. Even men like Paul, Timothy, and Apollos needed the help and encouragement of God’s people. Are you praying for leaders?

Love for the church (13–18). Love, steadfastness, and submission make for a strong church. When you have people who are devoted to the work of the Lord, people who refresh you in the Lord, God is going to bless. What a joy to be a part of a church family that ministers in love!

Love for Christ (19–24). “O Lord, come!” is a prayer that reveals Paul’s daily anticipation of the return of the Lord. When he made his plans (vv. 5–8), he included the blessed hope. Do you love Him and love His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8)?

The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Christianity during the first millennium was a highly masculine religion distinguished by certain masculine traits.
Christianity during the first millennium was a highly masculine religion distinguished by certain masculine traits. Christians thought of themselves as "athletes" "soldiers" or "warriors." Christian life was seen as ongoing warfare against the powers of darkness, a struggle in which one must don spiritual armor and fight with spiritual weapons. The great monastic Saints, were thought of as fighters who battled heroically against the demons.
Christians thought of themselves as "athletes" "soldiers" or "warriors."
A Christian’s life was seen as ongoing warfare against the powers of darkness, a struggle in which one must don spiritual armor and fight with spiritual weapons. The great monastic Saints, were thought of as fighters who battled heroically against the demons.
The great monastic saints, which began in the east. Developed in Egypt and Ethiopia as these men and women decided to follow Jesus and John the Baptist to prepare themselves for ministry to going to the wilderness. They were following that command, to go sell all you have, give it to the poor and come and follow Jesus.
In contrast, Western Christianity has become largely a religion of women in the sense that formal attendees at religious services are overwhelmingly female, instead of, as during the first millennium, roughly equally balanced between men and women. The church is now adjusting itself, trying to make sure its institutions and offices rightly reflect the context of today, The old and new testament abounds with imagery of maleness, or manhood, and there are three characteristics of manhood that stands out. Maleness: Now let me say there is a difference between maleness and manhood.
Maleness is by birth. Manhood by training. Maleness is by accident, Manhood is by intention It takes pain to become a man.(Example of Marriage) becoming what you are: To properly developed into manhood, men need: : Dominion Job - or productivity. Female or helpmeet. Mentor - another male who spends time with him to Model manhood. .
Love for the needy (1–4).
These instructions concern the offering Paul was taking up from the churches to help the needy believers in Judea (Rom.
15:25–27).
The principles involved may be applied to Christian giving in general: our giving should be voluntary, in proportion to God’s blessing, systematic, and handled honestly.
Love for leaders (5–12).
We have the privilege of encouraging God’s work as we pray for His servants.
Even men like Paul, Timothy, and Apollos needed the help and encouragement of God’s people.
Are you praying for leaders?
Love for the church (13–18).
Love, steadfastness, and submission make for a strong church.
When you have people who are devoted to the work of the Lord, people who refresh you in the Lord, God is going to bless.
What a joy to be a part of a church family that ministers in love!
Love for Christ (19–24).
“O Lord, come!”
is a prayer that reveals Paul’s daily anticipation of the return of the Lord.
When he made his plans (vv. 5–8), he included the blessed hope.
Do you love Him and love His appearing (2 Tim.
4:8)? Manhood has certain characteristics:
The texts starts by admonishing us to watch. The greek word is gregoreo. Jesus used in often in his ministry.
In revelation 16:15. we are told why we should watch.
Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
We will be stripped of our uniform, The robe of christ righteousness if we are not watching.
Stand Fast in the Faith.
‘The faith’ means belief in the Gospel as a whole, and especially in the atonement won by Christ’s death on the Cross (1) and in the life guaranteed by His Resurrection (15). There must be no desertion, no λειποταξία, with regard to that. These first two charges have reference to the Christian warrior awaiting attack; the next two refer to the actual combat.
Robertson, A., & Plummer, A. (1911). A critical and exegetical commentary on the First epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (p. 394). New York: T&T Clark.
ἀνδρίζεσθε. ‘Play the man,’ ‘act like men,’ viriliter agite (Vulg.). The verb occurs here only in N.T., but is common in LXX in exhortations; , , ; , , , , etc. In and , 31:25, it is combined with κραταιοῦσθαι, as here. Comp. the dying charge of Mattathias to his sons; ‘And ye, my children, be strong, and show yourselves men in behalf of the law’ (). Arist. Eth Nic. III:VI. 12 and other illustrations in Wetstein.
Robertson, A., & Plummer, A. (1911). A critical and exegetical commentary on the First epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (p. 394). New York: T&T Clark.
Man UP. Act like a man.
Be Strong. Be mighty. Gain the mastery. It means, to render one manly or brave; to show oneself a man; that is, not to be a coward, or timid, or alarmed at enemies, but to be bold and brave. We have a similar phrase in common use: "Be a man," or "Show yourself a man;" that is, be not mean, or be not cowardly. Manhood
14. πάντα ὑμῶν ἐν ἀγάπῃ γινέσθω. He is glancing back at the party-divisions, at the selfish disorder at the Lord’s Supper, and at their jealousy in the possession of special charismata, and is recalling 13. Chrysostom has μετὰ ἀγάπης for ἐν ἀγάπῃ, probably through inadvertence; there seems to be no such reading. The change is for the worse. St Paul says more than that everything they do must be accompanied with love: love must be very atmosphere in which their lives move. This love is the affection which all Christians are bound to cherish for one another and all mankind. The phrase ἐν ἀγάπη is specially frequent in Ephesians (1:4, 3:18, 4:2, 15, 16, 5:2) and always in this sense rather than in that of our love to God or of His to us.
14 And do everything with love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT
And do everything with love.
Robertson, A., & Plummer, A. (1911). A critical and exegetical commentary on the First epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (p. 394). New York: T&T Clark.
1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT
And do everything with love.

13. Be on your guard (grēgoreite), like all the verbs in these two verses, is a present imperative. Paul is not speaking of momentary attitudes, but of continuing states. The word denotes more than the mere absence of sleep. It implies a determined effort at wakefulness: ‘Be on the alert’ (Barclay). It is often used of watching for the second coming (Matt. 24:42f.; 25:13; Mark 13:34ff.), and this may well be in mind here. Stand firm in the faith (or perhaps ‘in faith’, Barrett) points to the stability of the Christian firmly grounded in Christ, a stability distressingly absent from the Corinthians. Andrizesthe, ‘act as men (andres)’ may refer to courage (as NIV, be men of courage), but more probably it is meant to counter the immaturity so manifest in some of the Corinthians. Paul wants them to act like responsible adults. Moreover, they are engaged in a desperate strife with the forces of evil, and it is imperative that they play the part of men. Be strong (cf. Ps. 31:24) may be passive, ‘be made strong’. The strength of Christians is not something native and inherent in them; they derive it from God.

Holman New Testament Commentary: I & II Corinthians B. General Exhortations (16:5–18)

16:13. From a logical point of view, this verse stands without much connection to its context. Paul appeared about to close the section with some final exhortations. But he decided to say more in 16:14–18. Such non-sequiturs appear in Paul’s epistles from time to time (Rom. 16:1, 17).

As a proleptic ending to this section, 16:13 gave five central Christian exhortations. First, Paul told the Corinthians to be on … guard. In the New Testament, this terminology frequently describes the expectation of Christ’s return (Mark 13:35; 1 Thess. 5:6). Paul may have wanted the Corinthians to remain expectant of Christ’s second coming. Looking vigilantly for the return of Christ implies a readiness that includes a lifestyle of holiness and service to Christ. Those who disbelieve give up hope of the return of Christ, but those who believe keep their eyes fixed on his return and live with that end in mind. On the other hand, Luke quoted Paul as using this language to exhort the Ephesian elders to guard against false teachers (Acts 20:31), and Paul himself used it to encourage alertness in prayer (Col. 4:2).

Second, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to stand firm in the faith. Paul frequently used this terminology to indicate the constancy with which believers should hold their commitments in the face of adversity and strife (Phil. 1:27; 4:1; 2 Thess. 2:15). The early church faced many challenges that tested believers’ faithfulness to Christ. So Paul encouraged the Corinthians to persevere in their faith.

The third and fourth exhortations are closely related. Paul told the Corinthians to be men of courage and to be strong. These expressions derive from several Old Testament passages in which people were encouraged to be strong and courageous as they faced opposition (Josh. 1:6–7; 2 Sam. 10:12). God calls Christians to a way of life that incites opposition from the world. He calls his people to enter a spiritual war in which opponents seek believers’ destruction and fight against believers’ goals. In this hostile world, it is essential that followers of Christ be courageous and strong. Christians can do this in the face of strong opposition because their victory is sure in Christ, who has already overcome the world (John 16:33).

Ver. 13. “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith.”

Not in the wisdom which is without: for there it is not possible to stand, but to be borne along; even as “in the faith” ye may “stand.” “Quit you like men, be strong.” “Let all that ye do be done in love.” Now in saying these things, he seems indeed to advise; but he is reprimanding them as indolent. Wherefore he saith, “Watch,” as though they slept; “Stand,” as though they were rocking to and fro: “Quit you like men,” as though they were playing the coward: “Let all that ye do be done in love,” as though they were in dissensions. And the first caution refers to the deceivers, viz., “Watch,” “stand:” the next, to those who plot against us, “Quit you like men:” the third, to those who make parties and endeavor to distract, “Let all that ye do be done in love;” which thing is “the bond of perfectness,” and the root and fountain of all blessings.

But what means, “All things in love?” “Whether any one rebuke,” saith he, “or rule or be ruled, or learn or teach, let all be in love:” since in fact all the things which have been mentioned arose from neglect of it. For if this had not been neglected, they would not have been puffed up, they would not have said, “I am of Paul, and I of Apollos.” If this had existed, they would not have gone to law before heathens, or rather they would not have gone to law at all.

There is a confusion of gender roles. Many people don't know what it means to be male and female. They don't know what they are. We have confused women clamoring to get on the battlefield and cross-dressing men clamoring to get into their pantyhose. Homosexuality is out of the closet and into our schools, on our televisions, and in our political system. It's even in the Disney Corporation. More and more people don't know what they are or how they are to act.
There is a confusion of gender roles. Many people don't know what it means to be male and female. They don't know what they are. We have confused women clamoring to get on the battlefield and cross-dressing men clamoring to get into their pantyhose. Homosexuality is out of the closet and into our schools, on our televisions, and in our political system. It's even in the Disney Corporation. More and more people don't know what they are or how they are to act.
Alert – Be prepared
"Be on the alert..." Paul says.
The word he chose here means to collect one's facilities and be awake. It is what the watchman did on the wall of an ancient city as he scanned the horizon by day and listened by night for any encroaching enemy. He was the city's first line of defense. If he was inattentive he endangered all of the inhabitants.
The spiritual man is alert. He watches for danger with regard to his loved ones and family. As their primary protector he doesn't doze at his post. He doesn't allow himself to be distracted by other things to the point that he isn't paying attention to the ever-present threats to his family.
2. Firm – Dependepbility
Another “militant” term—Paul is calling on the Corinthians to make a stand, to be recognized, to hold their ground (cf. ) There is a connection between being watchful and standing firm An army on the watch is an army ready to stand An army caught off guard is an army soon defeated
3. Courage - Be Strong.
Joseph. :
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7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
They were both product of a Godly home.
Strength – The characteristic of a man.
Quit you like men - Be not like children tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine; give up life rather than give up the testimony of God. Be strong - Put forth all the vigor and energy which God has given you in maintaining and propagating the truth, and your spiritual strength will increase by usage. The terms in this verse are all military: Watch ye, γρηγορειτε, watch, and be continually on your guard, lest you be surprised by your enemies; keep your scouts out, and all your sentinels at their posts, lest your enemies steal a march upon you. See that the place you are in be properly defended; and that each be alert to perform his duty. Stand fast in the faith - Στηκετε εν τῃ πιστει· Keep in your ranks; do not be disorderly; be determined to keep your ranks unbroken; keep close together. On your unity your preservation depends; if the enemy succeed in breaking your ranks, and dividing one part of this sacred army from another, your rout will be inevitable. Quit yourselves like men - Ανδριζεσθε· When you are attacked, do not flinch; maintain your ground; resist; press forward; strike home; keep compact; conquer. Be strong - Κραταιουαθε. If one company or division be opposed by too great a force of the enemy, strengthen that division, and maintain your position; if an attack is to be made on any part or intrenchment of the foe, summon up all your courage, sustain each other; fear not, for fear will enervate you. Your cause is good; it is the faith, the religion of Jesus; he is your Captain in the field; and, should you even die in the contest, the victory is yours. Quit you like men; like men of wisdom and understanding; be not like children for non-proficiency, instability, and weakness; see ; act the part of men; "Quit you like men:" In the English of King James' time, "quit you like men" meant "conduct yourselves like men" or, better yet, "behave courageously."
Man Up.

Quit you like men. Gr. andrizō, “to act like a man.” In earlier English “quit” meant “to conduct oneself.” To be a Christian requires courage, boldness, perseverance, fortitude—in short, all the qualities of a real man. There is no place for cowardice, timidity, or fear. A noble character is developed only by those who place themselves unreservedly under the Saviour’s leadership (see Eph. 6:10).

In Heavenly Places “Be Strong”, September 27

“Be Strong”, September 27

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13.

Let all bear in mind that the Christian ministration is not a work for drones. God calls for men who will do and dare danger. Hold no parleying with Satan, but meet him with “It is written.” “Quit you like men, be strong.” Faith alone, unfeigned, can be the basis of our actions and prove by a clean, pure example that it is possible to be active, “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11), and then all commercial enterprises will be conducted on Bible principles.…

KJV Bible Commentary C. The Close. 16:13–24

Quit you like men. Be courageous. Be strong. Characteristic of Paul, he sees the Christian life as though he were in the arena. Faith, conviction, and courage are the essential ingredients for success and victory.

Woman.
What emotions filled his breast as he beheld her for for the first time.
What feeling rushed his body at the sight of a creature so beautiful
Her cool skin, her curvatious figure, her captivating busline
Her hands so perfect, her eyes so penetrating, her lips so inviting.
The words he speaks, exposes his jitters, woman, she shall be called woman, because she was taken from man.
The experience of Adam, that first Friday evening,
The ground swell of emotions that then raged in his frame
The igniting of harmones, is that which unnerves a male somewhere around the age of 13, when suddenly he begins to pay attention to the opposite sex.
He wakes us one day, and it dawns upon him, that life is not the same without her.
He has not met her yet, still there is a sense that he cannot live without her, something is different about him, and a whole range of extraordinary impulses and harmones begin to dictate the direction of his life.
Then one day he sees her, by now he is 19-25, and he becomes adam all over again.
Maybe he sees here standing at Blake Center like I did over thirty years ago,
Or maybe sitting in church, in choir loft, or at a bus stop, or in the mall, who know, doesn’t matter where, but he declared to himself, she shall be called mrs. Whatever his name is, because she is the other part of me.
This drive that a male feel when he sees a certain female, is the drive which has traditionally undergirded the tradition of marriage, bolstered the image of maleness, and demanded that men be responsible, reliable, and trust worthy, because her presence in his life, demanded these traits.
Prior to his interest in females, males are driven by adventure, muscle development, cohort, and competition.
He enjoy being with the boys, and having man time, in his man cave
But then she soon changes all this.
Now he wants to love her, and care for her, and be there for her.
He is intrigued by her timidity
Drawn by her unavailability,
Disarmed by her fragility,
The play this cat and mouse game, male and female.
The hunter and the hunted.
She wants more than anything to be his, to fall in his arms, to be protected by his love.
She wants to be the center of his world, the light in his eyes, but her instinct tells her, he is male, not necessary man, and the only one who can complete the development of his manhood, which has father and mother had started, is her.
Though she aches to stop in her track and be his, she must run. He must hunt, she must be hunted.
She must not run too far ahead, or he will get discouraged, she must not runt too slow, or he will never develop the skills necessary for the survival of their relationship. There are things she must teach him, traits she must help him develop, because until he has learned them, he is at the mercy at every mouse who crosses his path, but the humans family survival depends upon him learning to stick to just her and not be controlled by the others….
Yes the mouse teaching the cat.
The hunted teaching the hunter.
The weak teaching the strong.
The timid teaching the bold
The fragile teaching the sturdy.
Lets learn some lessons from the first male and female relationships that many have forgotten which has compromised the male female relationships.
1. Adam needed eve.
2. Adam views her as an equal.
3. Adam is at eves mercy
4. Adams relationship with eve, represents God’s relationship with us.
a. God took out his rib, and carved us after himself.
b. God gave up his throne, to win us back to himself
c. God changed himself to dwell with us.
i. The return of god in the sky, is the reuniting of an broken family
ii. The city God has prepared, is home
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