Without Wax

Thursdays: The New Testament
1 Corinthians 5

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The word “purity” in verse 8 can also be translated as “sincere.” This word is from the Latin sin-cera meaning “without wax.” The word in turn translates the Greek eilikrineia, meaning, “judged by sunlight.” Stay with me—there is soul food here!

In ancient flea markets, unscrupulous merchants would fill wax into the cracks and broken pieces of a work of art to fool the interested into thinking the piece was whole. Careful buyers would take the piece and hold it up to the sunlight to be sure that it was “sincere”—without wax.

Take the sweet urging of Paul that your heart be without bad leaven. As you read, see where there are “cracks” in your spirit. Do not hide them by dishonesty, feigning, pretense, flattery, manipulation, etc. Take your soul and expose it to God’s holy light and let the Lord burn away impurities until you shine as pure gold.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
My whole life alive in You v. 5
The joy of being humble v. 6
Bread of purity and truth v. 8
Praying that all live in love v. 9 ff

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This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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