Daily Readings & Thought for March 2nd. “BAD COMPANY RUINS GOOD MORALS”

Today’s readings.. (Leviticus 7), (Psalm 106), (1 Corinthians 15)

We pondered why the above saying rather suddenly occurs in today’s very moving and oft quoted 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians.  Parts of this chapter are often read at funerals, it contains a powerful testimony to the certainty of resurrection and that “in Christ shall all be made alive” [v.22] eternally “at his coming” adding the qualification “those who belong to Christ” [v.23]

We must not cease to “belong to Christ” but that is not the same as belonging to a group of believers, one can do that, but in one’s heart have ceased to belong to Christ – even though we have been baptised. Paul says that among the Corinthians, “some have no knowledge of God, I say this to your shame” [v.34]  He writes this immediately after making the point, “Do not be deceived, bad company ruins good morals.” 

We are surrounded by people who do not believe in the God of the Bible, but that is not the same as having “no knowledge of God” in the sense Paul meant in this chapter.  Look how the Bible uses this phrase.  Read Proverbs 2 v.1-5 and note the “ifs” that lead to one having a “knowledge of God” and then the prayer of Jesus in John 17 v.3, 25.  In these and similar passages we see that in having a “knowledge of God” we must, as a result, have a real relationship with him.

It is “bad company” that will undermine our “knowledge of God” and then destroy that relationship or prevent it ever happening. But what is “bad company?”  Today it occurs in dangerous and new ways.  Television provides us with “company” and much of it qualifies as “bad company”!  As we see badness multiplying in the world – often all around us – we recognise that TV is a powerful influence in this.  As a result human behaviour is displaying more and more selfish self-love and animal like instincts.  Over and above the effects of much that is on TV, most now have regular access to the Internet – which offers a whole range of opportunities for even worse “bad company.” 

Returning to our chapter we notice the last 2 verses,  “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved … be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.”

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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