Weekly Reflection 2

This week, I posted on the book of 1 Corinthians. It was great to look at it and relate it to my own life. There was a lot of information in the few verses I discussed to help live out a life for God. I will talk about each verse briefly and what it meant to me.

1 Corinthians Post 1: This post’s verse is 1 Corinthians 6:19. It states, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself” (NLT).

This verse means that we are to live and treat our body like a temple of God. Basically, we are to take care of our bodies and not let sin come in. God lives in us, and our bodies are His because He bought us at the cross. We do not belong to ourselves anymore. We are free from it. We can freely follow God and let Him do His will through us.

I like this verse because I love to work out and make my body the best it can be for God. I want my temple to shine for God. Even though it is not mine, I want to make it great for God. It is also just healthy in general physically, mentally, and spiritually to have an athletic body.

1 Corinthians Post 2: This verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13 and it says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure” (NLT).

This verse means that there is no temptation that someone else did not have. There is always someone to talk to with what you are struggling with. God is faithful as well. He won’t let something come upon you that you cannot handle with God. Jesus went through everything on earth that we go through, and he did it without sinning or falling into it. So, God lives in us and guides us through temptation so that we don’t have to choose it anymore. He bought us and our sin. We just have to choose Him.

I love this because I am tempted a ton in college. It is so easy to go out and drink with friends at parties, but then God reminds me of my true purpose and gives me a way out. I choose God because I know only He can satisfy me and what I am truly created for. If I do go out and party though, God will still take me back because He is so merciful. If I keep getting tempted and sin, then I can talk to friends about it and they can help me because I know they have been tempted in the same way.

1 Corinthians Post 3: This verse is 1 Corinthians 12:12 which says, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ” (NLT).

In summary, this verse means that in order for the body to be a body, the parts have to be there. The parts make up the body, and without them, it couldn’t function. For the body of Christ, the members are the parts. They are the hands and feet of Christ. We are the vessels that God works through as well. Without the members, the body cannot function properly.

This verse helps me to understand that I have something to offer. I was created for a purpose. I have gifts and talents unique to others. God made me to be apart of his body, and I am going to be the best foot, hand, or heart that I can.


In summary, 1 Corinthians has a ton of knowledge for people just coming into the faith. It can help people to understand to look to God for everything. We are all apart of the body of Christ, and we should treat each other and ourselves as such.





1 Corinthians Post 3

This week’s Post 3 is on the book of 1 Corinthians. I am using the New Living Translation (NLT) to discuss the verse, 1 Corinthians 12:12 which states, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” This is a great verse, and has many cool things that can relate not only in Christianity, but in life, too.

Paul is talking to the Church of Corinth here. He is saying how there are many parts to a body, but all of the parts are needed to make the one body. This is relatable in many ways. For Paul, he talks about the human body. We need our feet, our hands, our brain, our heart, and many other things to function the best we can. In the same way, the body of Christ needs it parts (members) in order to function. God wants to use everyone to do His work, and He wants everyone to want Him to work through them. We are all important, and we can all be used in some way. We all have something that we can bring to the table because God created us. We all have Him in us, and he gave us gifts to help love other people and live according to His will.

Just like in a company that has many different departments, the body of Christ has many different members who all contribute to furthering the Kingdom. A company would not be who they are if a few of their departments just shut down. Every part is important, and is needed for the whole body to function. This is an encouragement for those who don’t think they are good at anything. You are alive, and God has a plan for your life. He wouldn’t have created you if He didn’t have a good reason. You may be the heart of the body, or the hand, or the brain. Who knows? He will reveal it when you follow Him. Everyone has a purpose and different talents. No one is exactly the same as another.

Here is a link to chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 12

Here is a cool picture that explains the body of Christ: Body of Christ Picture

In summary, everyone has a unique way of serving God. Everyone has been given gifts and talents. We all make up one body although we are many parts. But without the members, the body could not move. And without the members agreeing, nothing can get done. Imagine if your brain told your foot to walk, but it didn’t listen. Or maybe you tried to write but your hand would not comply. This is how it is when members of the church argue. They are solving nothing and are actually holding up the rest of the body while they do it. It is best to treat one another with love and just follow God, who is head of the body and church. The human body is a representation of the body of Christ. And the people make up the body of Christ.




1 Corinthians Post 2

This week’s Post 2 will be on the book of 1 Corinthians. I am using the New Living Translation (NLT) Bible. Like said in my 1 Corinthians Post 1, the 1 in front of Corinthians is there to show us that it is the first of two books in the Bible. The verse being discussed is 1 Corinthians 10:13. This is an extremely cool verse that has helped me a lot in the past. Let’s dig in to it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 states, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” This is so awesome! So Paul is still talking to the Church of Corinth about how they need to start living the right way with the gifts that God has given them. Here he is saying that the temptations in life are no different than any that your friends deal with! It means that any temptation that comes in can be dealt with, and that you can talk to others about it as well because they are probably dealing with it, too. God is faithful is the next line. He won’t let any temptation come in to your life that you cannot handle.

Temptations do not come from God, but from the devil. God just gives us a way out of every temptation. When Jesus was on earth, he went through all the temptations of the devil, so he knows ways out of them because he never sinned. So, now God lives in us, like I said in my last post, and God guides us, so he must guide us out of temptation as well! There is no temptation that can come upon us that God cannot guide us out of. We just have to trust Him and his knowledge. God does not tempt us, but he allows temptation to come on us so that we can make a choice to say “no” to it. God wants us to choose Him. He is not going to force us to love Him by taking away all our temptation. He offers us a way out of it though which is by following and praying to Him. We have free will to follow God. God loves us and wants a relationship, not religion. He doesn’t allow anything to come at us that He cannot give us a way out of. And God can do anything. He will always give us a way out of sin.

This has always been helpful for me to understand that God is so powerful, and that no matter what hardships I am going through, God is giving me a way out so I don’t have to feel sorry for myself, or turn to bad things to make myself feel better. I can just turn to God.

Here is an article that explains how God does not tempt us. It is really easy to think He allows and makes bad things happen to us from reading this verse, so this article should help a bit: God Doesn’t Tempt Us.

Here is a link to chapter 10 of 1 Corinthians to give a better context: 1 Corinthians 10

To summarize, life throws a lot of stuff at us, and to compensate, we sometimes turn to bad stuff. We want to turn to it because it is tempting us in some way. God gives us a way out of this temptation and ultimately, sin, so that we can be free from it. He tells us to look to Him to see how he lived on earth. Once we follow his example and see His love, we can easily throw that temptation and sin away. If we are struggling with temptation and sin, we can talk to our friends about it because we are never the only ones dealing with it.





1 Corinthians Post 1

This week’s post 1 will be found in 1 Corinthians. The Bible type is the New Living Translation (NLT). The 1 in front of Corinthians just means that there is another book in the Bible called Corinthians as well. The 1 lets us know that it is the first book. The verse I will be discussing is 1 Corinthians 6:19. It states, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself” (NLT). I like NIT (New International Version) for this as well, as it says “You are not your own” instead of “You do not belong to yourself.” They mean the same thing though.

The context of the book of 1 Corinthians is that Paul, an apostle of Jesus, was talking to the church of Corinth because they were using the Holy Spirit and the gifts God gave them to do whatever they wanted (they were basically abusing the gifts). There was a lot of sexual immorality in their church, too, so Paul wrote them a letter to straighten everything out which is 1 Corinthians.

That little bit of knowledge leads perfectly into the verse I am discussing. Paul tells Corinth that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. This is a simple statement that means that God lives in us. Our bodies act as a temple. A temple back in Paul’s time was a place of worship, so our bodies are now a temple for God meaning that everything we do is for God which means everything we do is worship. God created our bodies, Jesus redeemed us by dying on the cross, and now the Holy Spirit lives in believers. The Holy Spirit is in us to guide us and convict us when we are doing wrong. We were bought with a price, that being Jesus dying for us, and we honor our bodies as “not our own” like Paul says because we were bought. Our sin is gone and we belong to God. He gave us freedom, so we follow Him. So, the Holy Spirit is in us who believe, and we received the Holy Spirit from God. God gave us His Spirit to guide us and so he can do miracles and healings. It guides us by telling us what is right and wrong, and He even speaks to us through thoughts and words of knowledge about others. Words of knowledge are basically things that you know about someone you have never met, but God told you it about them so you can evangelize.

Overall, the Spirit is in us to complete us, so we are one with God. The last part of the verse basically tells us that we are not our own which I explained a bit above. We live to worship and serve God, so our bodies become a temple or worship place for God. Everything we do is for Him because He took away our sin; we are now His. He is only good, so now that we follow Him, we do good. God is love, and if God is in us, it actually transforms us to become love as well. Everything we do is loving then. But this is only because He is in us.

Here is a link to understanding who Paul is better: Who is Paul?

Here is a link to help see how our bodies are temples: Bodies = Temples

In summary, believers’ bodies are temples of God which means that everything we do is for God. We are not our own. Jesus bought us when He died on the cross. We live for him, and He lives in us, guiding and helping us to live like Him. We should treat our bodies like temples of God; without sexual immorality and by keeping ourselves healthy and fit. God has given us bodies to worship Him, so why not make them the best they can be? Treat them as the amazing creation they are.




Weekly Reflection

This week, I posted about the book of Matthew using the New Living Translation. This was a good insight into the chapter and what Jesus taught the people. For each weekly reflection, I will give the verses and a brief summary of what I discussed and what it meant to me.

Matthew Post 1: The verse is Matthew 11:28 which states, “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (NLT).

This verse is basically a summary of who Jesus is and what He did for humanity. He tells the people to come to Him because He is the only one who can truly take sins away and give people rest from the heavy burdens (sin) that we used to carry around.

I like this verse because I have definitely done bad stuff in my life, but I know that my heavy burdens can be taken away because God loves me that much. I can live in freedom because of what Jesus did for me.


Matthew Post 2: The verse is Matthew 5:17. It states, “Do not misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose” (NLT).

To summarize, this verse is talking about how Jesus has come to fulfill the law, not destroy it. He has come to fulfill the prophecy so that people could be free. This verse is again talking about how Jesus is the answer to sin.

This verse taught me how amazing God’s plan is for our life. He shows us that he has planned out the prophecies so that Jesus could fulfill them. It is just evidence to me that Jesus is who He says He is because it was foretold in the old law. The old law wasn’t wrong, but people were just using it in the wrong way. Jesus came to show people the right was to live and follow the law.


Matthew Post 3: This verse is Matthew 6:19. The verse states, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal” (NLT).

This verse means that we should not store up treasures here on earth, but rather store up our treasures in heaven. We are called to focus on God and the things that he gives us. The things in the world will fade away while the treasures in heaven will last forever.

This verse taught me that I should share all the things that I have in the world. I shouldn’t be stingy with money or belongings, but share and give away the things God has given me. I should focus on the everlasting things that God has for me instead of the things that are only temporary on earth.


Summary: The book of Matthew has a ton of great information that can teach what Jesus wants us to know. I am glad I picked it as a topic to discuss. Next week will be about Corinthians.




Matthew Post 3

This week’s Post 3 will be on the book of Matthew. The verse I will be discussing will be Matthew 6:19 from the New Living Translation (NLT). The verse states, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal” (NLT). This verse is incredibly profound, and actually targets Christians’ hearts about whether they are truly trusting in God.

To begin, we will look at the context as usual. Jesus is on the same mountain that I discussed in the last post. If you want to check that one out before finishing this one, here is the link: Matthew Post 2. Basically, Jesus is teaching the crowds of people many lessons on how to stay away from sin and how to live righteous. He starts by telling everyone not to store up treasures here on earth. By treasures, he is speaking of the things we collect throughout our life. It could be money, clothes, cars, houses, or anything that you lose when you die. He then says that moths and rust destroys them. The things of this world will perish with us when we leave, and we cannot take them with us when we die. So, Jesus says to not store them up because there is no point; moths and rust will overtake them and they will be worthless. He also says that thieves can break in and steal your things, and then what good are they to you? To keep explaining why Jesus is saying all of these things, we must actually look at the next two verses as well.

Matthew 6:20-21 says, “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (NLT). So, Jesus tells us not to store our treasures up on this earth, but to actually store them in heaven, where they cannot be destroyed by moths (or natural disaster or time) or taken by thieves. He says to store them up in heaven because Christians believe that that is where our eternal life will be, which is just a fragment of the time we spend on earth. Our minds should be focused on heaven and God who is the best treasure ever. Our treasures should not be here on earth because they will disappear when we are gone.

Matthew 6:21 then goes to say that wherever your treasure is, your heart will also be. This wraps everything together to finally tell us that where we put our time and effort is where our true desires are. If we save up money our whole life and only care about that, then our treasure is money. But that money will not be there when we die. If our treasure is anything of this world, or materialistic things, then our true desire is for that thing because we put our time and effort into obtaining it. Jesus, however says to forget about the things of the world and look to heaven for our everlasting treasure which is Him. If we treasure God and the gifts He gives us, then our desire must be for Him. The time and effort you put into seeking God and treasuring Him will show in your actions and behavior. This treasure (God) will never be eaten by moths and can never be stolen by a thief. No one can take away what you believe, even if they kill you. If someone wants your money, they can kill you and take it, but if someone hates you for loving God, they can never do anything to take it away from you. It’s always your choice. 

Here is a link to the entire chapter of Matthew to help understand context and the other verse involved: Matthew 6 

Here is a link to understanding what treasures are stored in heaven: Treasure in Heaven

To summarize, Jesus tells us to work towards the true treasure that is everlasting. That is God. Don’t focus on getting things in the world, focus on the God who gave them to you and who has even better things in heaven for you. This verse also hints that we should share everything we have on earth because we can’t take it with us when we die anyway. Finally, no one can take away what you believe except for you. If you believe in God, only you can decide to live that out. Your time and effort will show if you truly believe, and from this verse, our love for worldly things will be nothing compared to our love for the true treasure, Jesus.




Matthew Post 2

This week’s Post 2 is on the book of Matthew. I will be discussing Matthew 5:17 from the New Living Translation (NLT). It states, “Do not misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” (NLT). This verse actually correlates well with the last post I had on Matthew 11:28. Here is a link to that if you are interested in reading that first: Matthew Post 1. Otherwise, let’s dive into this verse.

We should look into the context and structure of the verse before trying to understand the words. Jesus is teaching on a mountainside to a large crowd watching below him. So, we can understand that this verse is for all people to hear. Now, Jesus starts by telling people not to think he has come (meaning his purpose) to abolish the Law or the writings of the prophets. He says this because so many times throughout the Bible, Jesus contradicts what the people and Pharisees say. He does this because the people do not understand what the prophetic writings and Law actually mean. Jesus understands that the Law is not meant to be kept at the expense of not knowing God, but the people think they must just obey it without fault which was basically impossible. Jesus continues to say that He actually came to fulfill the law’s purpose. He came to fulfill them which means that there was something missing before Him. There was a purpose of the writings and the law that Jesus has come to fulfill. The purpose was righteousness. Jesus came to fulfill the law that was trying to keep people righteous. However, no one could keep the law, so it was actually lacking something, and Jesus came to fulfill it.

The prophets were known as the people who could talk to God and then tell other people what He was saying. They were known as preachers, but many people hated prophets because many times, God would tell people they were living in sin. So, Jesus came to fulfill what the prophets had envisioned and written, and also the law. Jesus was the missing piece that made men righteous before God. He was the final sacrifice so that people could be clean of their sin. Jesus’ blood was stainless, and if someone believes in Him, they are washed with it to be stainless from sin.

Throughout the New Testament (When Jesus came), there is reference to Jesus fulfilling the prophecies, just like in Matthew 5:17. This is referring to the Old Testament that was written before Jesus came. It was full of writings about a Messiah that would come to save the world. It was also filled with many other stories, but basically pointed to the Messiah’s coming. When Jesus came, He started to fulfill the prophecies Himself, but also witnessed other prophecies come true with other people. For example, when Jesus was taken, Judas Iscariot was the man who turned him in. The deal was Judas would get 30 silver coins from the Pharisees if Judas would help them capture Jesus. This prophecy of betrayal and even the exact coin amount was written long before Jesus was born. Many other prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus as well.

Here is some prophecies Jesus fulfilled: Prophecies Fulfilled

Here is a better understanding of who the prophets were: Prophets

Here is a quick biography of Judas Iscariot and why he betrayed Jesus: Judas Iscariot

To summarize, Jesus tells people He is not here on earth to destroy the law and the writings of the prophets, but to fulfill them. Jesus was the missing piece; the final sacrifice. He is the Messiah the prophets talked and wrote about, and He is the only One who can fulfill the Law truly. He tells this to people so they can come to understand and believe.