(iii) SECTION THREE: Chapter 10:1-13.

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1 Cor 10:1-13

1Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,

2all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

3all ate the same spiritual food,

4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

5But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.

7And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."

8Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;

9nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;

10nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.

11Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.

12Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

13No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.


Paul here responds to the Corinthian's feeling of being secure in the sacraments such as baptism and communion. Later we shall see they held lavish 'love feasts' that were part of the communion. Indeed, these 'love feasts' would have been somewhat similar to the pagan 'idol feasts' they had been attending. Maybe they felt that they were cleansed from any 'evil' of the pagan feasts by going through the 'love feasts'.

How does Paul's uses of the example of Israel show that the sacraments cannot mystically protect you if you willingly break God's commandments ? Read the passage again then click here for the answer.

Paul shows that the same root problems existed in Israel (division, sexual immorality etc..) and the keeping of the Passover , celebrating the passing through the Red Sea, did not protect them from destruction! The Destroyer (Satan) has a legal right to move in our lives if we walk in deliberate disobedience to God. Paul warns that the same things will happen to the Corinthians if they persist in such activities and the sacraments will be of no effect.

Pride goes before a fall. Paul calls for humility among the Corinthians so that they will stand before the Lord and not fall away. These are the end times where a great 'falling away' is prophesied. If we are to rise up and endure to the end to see all ethnic groups receive the Gospel and have representatives before His throne, we must not think that because we go through the Christian sacraments (baptism, communion etc) we are mystically protected. This will lead us to think we can fall into gross sin and still be right before God. Now is the time to work out our salvation with fear an trembling, so that as we celebrate the communion we will truly be declaring its truth and not mocking its message.

Now we can move onto SECTION FOUR: Chapter 10:14-22

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