Campfire Scripture #4

Campfire Scripture: Bible verses every week day followed by a short manful devotional. Goes great with marshmallows and a billy tea.

Here you’ll find passages of scripture to inspire or teach the manly Christian man, or otherwise represent the hard truths that you’re just not likely to get elsewhere.

So roll out your swag, kick your boots off and enjoy.


Book Author and Date:

A.D. 55 by Paul (formerly Saul) of Tarsus who is the uncontested author of 1 and 2 Corinthians (and over half the New Testament).



Sovereignty, Power, Authority, Judgement, Sacrifice.



Paul writes to a then unhealthy church, within an even more unhealthy pagan population. The majority of the letter of 1 Corinthians is corrective in nature. It is not well known that there were other letters Paul wrote to the Corinthians during this period which were even more serious, so it is fair to say that the Corinthians had their issues.


Chapter fifteen deals heavily with Christ’s resurrection and its relevance to our faith and our hope in Him for eternal life and for the remission of sin. He is dealing primarily with incorrect beliefs in the church including belief that there is no resurrection of the dead. The above passage is in reference to all being made alive through Christ and the ultimate judgement for the last enemy.


What I Reckon:

Pretty straightforward here. Jesus Christ is the Lord of all creation and the time will come when He will reign over all things and crush every enemy of God and his people. Just a fantastic manly bedtime story of infinite power and righteous judgement. This verse makes it clear not only that God will punish the wicked, but has made an exception for those who ‘put all things in subjection to Him’.


I love the language used in this verse (and many, many others) that show the great contrast between the tender hearted Jesus that is so popular today and the actual Lord Jesus Christ of scripture who puts all enemies under his feet and will abolish death for eternity.


It also raises a serious point for our responsibility as believers. Paul uses very specific language here for those who are not enemies of Christ; they are those who ‘put all things in subjection to him’. Christ does have a tender heart, but only for the repentant sinners who call on Him and give Him everything.


Are you taking up your Cross to follow him? Or are you following Him around just hoping to touch his cloak?


Do you pray week in and week out for the Lord to help you fix all of your poor life choices? Or do you ask Him what you could be doing to start making better choices, and to extend his Kingdom?


Did you seriously read the whole thing? You're amazing!

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All Campfire Scripture passages are taken from the New American Standard Bible, unless otherwise stated.

John MacArthur, 2006, The MacArthur Study Bible,  New American Standard Bible (1995 edition).