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1Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me.(it was Paul here speaking: 1Corinthians 1:1,2), even as I also am of Christ.

1Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the ordinances.(original for word 'ordinance' is 'traditions' the ones he talked of in the previous chapters and see verse 4 notes below), as I delivered them to you.

1Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is the man and the head of Christ is God..(the woman's mind to be that of Christ, who was subordinate to Father-God, so that there is unity of heart)

1Corinthians 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonours his head.

Comprised with.Clarke's Commentary: Having his head covered with his cap or turban on dishonours his head, because the head being covered was a sign of subjection. Paul understood that since a man in Christ was equal to God, wearing a covering on the head in church was showing not the fact of his being now equal, but rather still in a state of subjection and that his being veiled or covered would be improper. This decision of the apostle was in point blank hostility to the canon of the Jews, for they would not suffer a man to pray unless he was veiled, for which they gave this reason 'He should veil himself to show that he is ashamed before God and unworthy with open face to behold him'. But that was never the case with God:.James 2:23 "And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness and he was called the friend of God." Ephesians 3:12  "In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." Philippians 1:20 "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death." Hebrews 10:19 "Having therefore brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Emmanuel." 1John 4:17 "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world."

Family New Testament Notes:."their uncovered heads will be a sign that they have no earthly lord.", or to put it another way, he dishonors the spiritual head (Christ) when he covers his own head with an earthly cover, such as a hat:.Ephesians 1:20-23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18 "And he is the head of the body, the church...".Paul is saying that having one's head covered is a sign of disrespect.

The traditional religious customs of these ancient Jewish worshipers included men having their heads covered. Paul here, in this New Testament era was establishing spiritual traditions (1Corinthians 11:2; 2Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6) and saying, this covering of the head as the Jews back then thought necessary, is not a requirement because one with the Holy Spirit, is always enveloped spiritually by that Holy Spirit:.Matthew 15:8,9; John 14:17; Romans 8:9; Galatians 3:1-6; 1Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2Corinthians 3:6-9; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 2:8,20-22; 3:1,2Philippians 2:5; 1Thessalonians 2:13; Titus 1:14; 1Peter 1:18; 2:5; 1John 2:27; Hebrews 13:5 "....for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you."). It was no longer an era based on outdated customs such as the Jews were holding onto, but now was beginning a spiritual era of the heart:.Acts 2:1-4 "...there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting...and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost...".And this was whether or not they had anything on their heads. Paul, was brought up a Pharisee. He was at strict in the ways of the Jews, having been trained all his life that way. No doubt as a result of that, he felt that in a church setting the 'men uncovered and women covered' idea was, though it was only a physical thing, probably a good idea and perhaps it was.

1Corinthians 11:5 But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered.(meaning much the same as verse 4, where it's Christ).dishonors her head. For that is even all one.('all one' meaning it's the same as if she shaved her hair off) as if she were shaven.

1Corinthians 11:8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.

1Corinthians 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man.

1Corinthians 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

1Corinthians 11:10 For this cause.(speaking of Christ {verses 1 and to this verse 10} the woman having come out of the man).ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

This is a New Testament thing due to the Holy Spirit now being given to all (*):.John 7:39; because she has a man who loves her, the angels are with her in her life and this because of the power, the intelligent energy flow, coming initially from the Creator-Father and then through Christ, then through the man of higher consciousness, who because of this, is connected to the Father of all. It's the love of this high quality man that enwraps in, for and around, safety and protection and other blessings for the woman:.Ephesians 5:21-25. But what if a woman has no man or doesn't have a man any longer?.1Timothy 5:5.

1Corinthians 11:11,12 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

1Corinthians 11:11,12.Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman.(the man and woman were made to be a comfort and a blessing to each other, not a tyrant/slave relationship at all), neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

Paul is saying that they are a unit when they are in Christ, otherwise, how can they work together in life? There would be confusion and discord:.1Corinthians 14:33; 2Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:14; 4:3; 6:23; Philippians 4:7; Colossians 1:20; 3:15.

1Corinthians 11:14 Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

1Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her. For her hair is given her for a covering.

1Corinthians 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

No such custom to put up with such a person in some hope he might become different if we just leave him in the church to absorb some spirituality.

1Corinthians 11:17 Now in this.(verse 16).that I declare unto you I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse.

1Corinthians 11:18 For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you and I partly believe it.

1Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies.(root of word 'heresies' is 'I choose' and so can mean either a good thing or a bad thing, so then it's saying that there are differing opinions amongst those growing on the spiritual pathway).among you, that they which are approved.(of the same mind, that is, as they grow they walk closer to each other who may be on the same pathway:.Romans 12:16; 1Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 4:2).may be made manifest among you..(Acts 17:11)

1Corinthians 11:20 When you come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

That is, He ate it, so why then are you Corinthians here if not to learn the meaning of it all? What about today? Nothing wrong with commemorating it, but is it necessary?.Hebrews 6:1,2.

1Corinthians 11:21 For in eating every one takes before other his own supper.(a 'me first' selfish type of banquet; grab your meal first, get the best food for yourself, finish first and get out and who cares a hoot about the other person?).and one is hungry and another is drunken.

For many in this Corinthian church, apparently the most carnal {1Corinthians 3:3} of all the churches back then, viewed not the spiritual aspects but rather the physical, like 'hey! here's an opportunity for a party, let's eat and get drunk'. The Corinthians were a lively, boisterous, but factionalized group.

1Corinthians 11:22 What? Have you not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise you the church of God and shame them that are the have nots? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

1Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Emmanuel the same night in which he was betrayed took bread.

Paul here tries to show them the meaning of this coming together at this time (what a communion means), tries to show them the import of it all:.Matthew 26:26-28.

1Corinthians 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it and said, Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me..(that is, have it in mind why Christ came for all of us)

1Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood. This do you, as often as you drink, in remembrance of me.

1Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show.(that is, show that it has meaning for you, that it's significant to you).the Lord's death till he come.

1Corinthians 11:27.Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily.(original also has 'in an unworthy manner', that is, by turning this meaningful.occasion into a frivolous party), shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord..(realizing you're righteous because of what He did is the important thing here, as opposed to, not caring two hoots about it anyway and showing it by your actions)

These Corinthians were thinking that 'this is just another get together with something to eat and drink', a party of sorts. Paul is saying to these Corinthians that it's not just a meal with something to drink. Some modern day Christians have taken this verse to heart so much that it's made them ill, because they have felt so unworthy to partake of this particular ceremony with its meaning for what Christ came and did for all the world. The Corinthians Paul is here referring to felt just the opposite of being unworthy:.1Corinthians 4:8. For many of them it was an opportunity for a party with food and drink! They failed to see the import of this occasion to their lives. If you feel you're still in sin, then you fail to realize the full impact of the reason Emmanuel was here and that was ...; Hebrews 10:29.

1Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Corinthians 11:29 For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

1Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you and many sleep.

The church here in Corinth had decided to keep this solemn.ceremony to celebrate spiritual things important to them in their relationship with God, however some, after having committed to being at the occasion, were making light of what was intended to be a happy but serious form of worship. They saw the whole thing not with the gravity of what Emmanuel went through for us, but rather as party time.

1Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged..(if you analyze yourself, you won't have to have your actions judge you)

1Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

1Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged.(is when our lives reflect heartaches from living), we are chastened of the Lord.(that is, the automatic invisible spiritual laws the Creator set up to govern things), that we should not be condemned with the world.(laws set up so that when not on the pathway of love, they produce hurts in order to awaken us, so that it is open for all to be saved); but while in the low consciousness of mankind, we are condemned, that is, it is seen by those on the invisible side, that we are still stuck in this harmful realm of low consciousness).

1Corinthians 11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, tarry one for another..(wait for one another and be of the same mind)

1Corinthians 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that you come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.


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