Paul's first letter to the Corinthians was very corrective.  There were things that were definitely wrong and they had to be told that they were wrong.  There seems to be a difference in this second letter which may according to some be the third letter.
If I may bring up a verse in Acts 18:9-10 it seems like Corinth was a city where wickedness prevailed and Paul had to be reassured by Christ not to be afraid.  Now these were the ones now saved and trusting in Christ.  Some of the sins of the past did not immediately just fall off.
However now Paul writes a different kind of letter still a little correction and instructive doctrine.  He also has to vindicate himself as an apostle to some at the end of this letter. Some parts are very precious to me as to our resurrection and eternal life.
 
We have two principles again which is righteousness and foolishness.  These verses speak of both. Now here we have the mouth of the righteous being a well of life.  Yesterday I went to the jail to visit a man.  I spoke to him about Christ.  He accepted bringing him into eternity which would be to him a well of life.
The next verse speaks of stirring up strife, the opposite of the well of life.
Then we have the lips of someone who has understanding.  This word is always used in a good sense and is used a lot that way in the New Testament.
There is an interesting phrase in verse 19 saying, “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin.”  I heard of two men years gone by.  I knew both of them.  One man said to the other, “If you would keep your mouth shut someone will think you are smart.”  You can guess what the opposite is.   By Pastor Curt Darling

 
I have a dilemma here in these verses. I would like to say it is Christ who in I Corinthians 1:24 is known as the power and wisdom of God. However if I do I would be lending credence to the ones who say that Christ is the highest of God’s creation.  Yet Christ was God and not created but the Creator of all that was created. (John 1:3; Hebrews 1:1-3)
My thought is that I can’t call this person Christ because of this word about being brought forth so what am I to do?  If you read any of my previous blogs you recall my writing about two figurative ladies called Wisdom and Folly.  What this writing is about is wisdom.  Solomon always uses the word she or her but here he didn’t.  Then in other times I used the word principle.  This word fits very well here too.  So I have the principle of wisdom and it fits very well with I Corinthians 1:24.  The verse, “My delights were with the sons of men” fits very well too about wisdom.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
I wrote previously about two women called Wisdom and Folly.  I believe they are not actually women but what I would call principles.  What we have in these verses are a story of how these principles could be displayed.  If Solomon knew if there were two people that fit this description we will never know.
I do suppose there are instances in our world today that would fit this description but today it is more than men lure unsuspecting women than the other, but the other way is true also.
The end of this story is tragic speaking of a dart striking the young man's liver.  The Bible says, "Be sure your sin will find you out."  Remember we live for eternity either heaven or Hell.  There are rewards for nothing or punishment for those who choose the wrong way.
by Pastor Curt Darling

 
All of these verses have one application.  They begin with what is said to be a naughty person.  First of all it is his mouth that is mentioned.  When I came to Christ it was seen mostly in my mouth.  The heart is also mentioned.  Only the Spirit of God can tame a bad heart.
​Farther down in these verses we find seven things that God cannot stand. I will list them here and say a little more later.  A proud look probably meaning pride setting ones self above others.  Nothing needs to be said about a lying tongue.  Truth is supreme. Hands that shed innocent blood.  We do have plenty of this in our country.  Next it is evil imaginations of the heart.
As I look at these things I must take a look in my life mirror to see if any of this is my  agenda.  Do I like what I see or do I not?
​By Pastor Curt Darling

 
The book of Proverbs seems to refer to two women in a typical way.  They are wisdom and folly.  The good woman, Wisdom teaches in the way of true understanding while Folly seems to be presenting more against right understanding always pushing toward destruction rather than Heaven.  Folly is called in verse 2 a strange woman.  I hope I am clear enough on this way of wisdom and understanding.
Now the question is put to you.  Is your path the path of wisdom and understanding or are you listening to the voice of this strange woman called Folly.
The rest of our verses seem to give a warning to the way that we take.  In another Proverb which I don’t know where it is now, it says this, “There is a way that seems right to a man but the ends thereof is the ways of death.”
We (I) must always try to be on the right road because it is easy to slip off the path.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
The word “heart” is used twice and all is used once.  Whenever this little three letter word is used nothing can be added.  In the first time we have the four letter word keep.  If we have the right heart, we will keep His commands.  It will most likely add more days and they will be better days.
We have the phrase, “mercy and truth”. We can use mercy without truth and it may not work.  Sometimes mercy is used without truth and may not be right.  Truth alone can be cold and even legalistic.
In light of the above statements I will use the word understanding.  Without this I could be cold and even legalistic.  I cannot properly judge anything without it.
The last phrase I will write about is, “In all (there we have that word again) thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct they paths.” I should not do anything without God.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
The word “heart” is used twice and all is used once.  Whenever this little three letter word is used nothing can be added.  In the first time we have the four letter word keep.  If we have the right heart, we will keep His commands.  It will most likely add more days and they will be better days.
We have the phrase, “mercy and truth”. We can use mercy without truth and it may not work.  Sometimes mercy is used without truth and may not be right.  Truth alone can be cold and even legalistic.
In light of the above statements I will use the word understanding.  Without this I could be cold and even legalistic.  I cannot properly judge anything without it.
The last phrase I will write about is, “In all (there we have that word again) thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct they paths.” I should not do anything without God.
By Pastor Curt Darling

 
 Notice the words, "If sinners entice thee." We all must have heard words of parents, "Our son is easily led." If that is true, these parents can lead them to Christ or they can get them in contact with someone who will lead them.
Notice the smooth speech of those who do entice unaware souls saying, "Come with us."
Laying out what they say are wonderful plans but they are as crooked as snakes.  I would say to every young fellow or girl.  Don't go that way!  You will regret it eventually.
As a way of testimony I can say I was on that way too, until the age of 21 when I found Christ as Savior.  that was a change of mind which is the best definition of repentance.  Richard Roberts who is a revival preacher says it best, a changed mind.  That happened to me 61 years ago.  I never regretted it.

by Pastor Curt Darling


 
The word spots in our love feasts are an interesting term.   It means everyone who eats and fellowships in so called Christianity are not saved.  Clouds without water?  What are clouds for, to bring rain.  Trees without fruit, what good are they?
They are like waves of the sea bringing filth to the shore.  Now what good are sailors of the sea in that day when stars give no direction?  Christians need to give direction so people know where to go. 
Next we have a prophesy of Enoch.  This is a prophesy of Revelation 19:11.  How true but I am not aware of how Jude got it. It might have been a book Enoch wrote.  Some seem to think they know something about it but I don’t.  However Jude writes that Enoch’s prophesy is also like Revelation 19:11 and also Psalm 110:1.  “Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool.”  Next he adds, “but you beloved”, meaning that we know what is the right way. 
by Pastor Curt Darling