I Corinthians

Chapter 10
{Chapter 10- Problem of idolatry. Divine provisions of Grace - verses 1-4}
1~~ Moreover, brethren,
I keep on desiring that you never be in the status of ignorance.
How that all our fathers {Exodus Generation}
kept on being under the cloud,
and all passed through the sea.

2~~ And were all identified {baptizo means ' to be identified with'} with Moses,
identified with the cloud {God},
and the sea.

3~~ And did all eat the same spiritual food {manna from heaven}?

4~~ And did all drink the same spiritual drink?
For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them.
And that Rock was Christ.

5~~ But with many of them
God was not well pleased {all but a few were carnal}.
For they were overthrown in the wilderness.

{Note: Kaleb and Joshua used faith rest. Even Moses finally failed by striking the 'Rock' twice when he was told by God to 'speak to the rock' the second time, not strike it - Christ was symbolized by the 'Rock'.}

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

7~~ Stop becoming idolaters, as were some of them.
As it is written {Exodus 32:6},
"The people sat down to eat and drink
and rose up to have a sexual orgy".

{Note: The phallic cult procedure in the heathen temple was 1) Eat the best meat 2) Drink the best alcohol 3) give offerings to the temple of the best animals, and 4) fornicate with the Priests and Priestess of the temple.}

8~~ Neither let us commit fornication
  {sex in conjunction with idolatry},
as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand
  {Numbers chapter 25}.

9~~ Neither let us tease Christ, as some of them also teased,
and were destroyed of serpents {Numbers chapter 21}.

10~~ Neither grumble you, as some of them also complained,
and were destroyed of the destroyer {Numbers chapter 16}.

11~~ Now all these things happened unto them as an example.
And they are written
for our admonition {face to face with a warning} . . .
upon whom the ends of the ages are come.

{Note: This last part is an idiom. The Church age has nothing left to be fulfilled for it to end. It can end now or in 10,000 years.}

{Hindrance to taking in doctrine - operation Ego Lust with emotionalism}
12~~ Wherefore let him that thinks he stands be on the alert that he not fall.

{Note: People think they are 'spiritual' and are 'standing' by doing their human good or 'works' and are praised by their peers . . . but to God human righteousnesses are:
  1) 'your righteousnesses are as filthy rags' to God, and
  2) 'Wood, hay and stubble'.}

{Divine provision to testing for growth or temptations for you to overcome}
13~~ There is no testing/temptation
that has overtaken you but such as is common to man.
But God is faithful . . .
Who will not suffer you to be tested
beyond that which you are able.
But will, with the testing,
also make a way to escape,
that you may be able to bear it.

14~~ Because of the foregoing principal, my dearly beloved,
flee from the idolatry {the pagan religious system of the time}.

15~~ I speak as to wise men {people with doctrine} . . .
discern you what I say.

{Note: Knowledge is building one principal on another.}

{Principal of the communion- verses 16-21}
16~~ The cup of blessing
which we remember with great inner happiness . . .
is it not the communion {means 'fellowship'}
of the blood of Christ?
The bread which we break . . .
is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

17~~ For we . . . many . . .
keep on always being one bread, one body.
For we are all sharers of that one bread.

{Note: All believers in the Church Age are in union with Christ.}

18~~ BEHOLD . . . Israel . . .
after the flesh {the born again Jews} . . .
are not they who eat of the sacrifices . . .
sharers with the altar?

{Devil's communion table-verses 19 and 20}
19~~ What say I then?
That the idol is any thing?
Or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

{Note: This requires a response of 'No, it is nothing'.
But 'to participate' is 'to have 'communion' or 'fellowship' with
demons' . . . this is why they must flee idolatry.}

20~~ But I say,
that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice,
they sacrifice to demons,
and not to God.
And, I do not desire
that you become fellow-shippers with demons.

21~~ You cannot drink the cup of the Lord
and the cup of demons.
You cannot be sharers of the Lord's table
and of the table of demons.

22~~ Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?
Are we greater than He?

{Note: Jealousy is what is called an 'anthropopathism'. It means to ascribe human characteristics to God. It is a means for our limited minds to understand infinite God. God does not really get 'jealous'.}

{Continuation of Restaurant question at end of Chapter 8- here with the unbeliever, the law of expediency supercedes the law of liberty}
23~~ All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient.
All things are lawful for me . . .
but all things do not reach the peak of edification.

{Note: In our relationship with the unbeliever sometimes expediency supercedes law of liberty.}

24~~ Let no one {believer} seek his own {benefit} . . .
but another person of a different kind's {benefit}.

{Note: This means to seek after the benefit of an unbeliever not your own benefit.}

25~~ Whatsoever is sold in the shambles . . .
ALWAYS EAT IT {a command to do so} . . .
asking no questions for conscience sake.

{Note: The shambles was the meat market next door to the temple of idols and was offered to idols before sold. Paul is saying don't ask if it has been offered to idols- not the issue - Christ is the issue! The conscience here is the unbeliever's conscience. If you make the meat the issue you have lost opportunity to evangelize the butcher.}

26~~ For the earth is the Lord's . . . and the fullness thereof.

{When the law of liberty fails to make Christ the issue, then you switch to the law of expediency}

27~~ If any of them that believe not
invites you to a feast, and you wish to go,
whatsoever is served before you, EAT,
asking no question because of conscience.

{Note: Don't make an issue out of the food - Christ is the issue.}

{SEE verse 25 and following above this is the opposite side to a coin}
28~~ But if any man say unto you:
"This is offered in sacrifice unto idols".
EAT NOT . . . for his sake that showed it . . .
and for conscience sake.
For the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.

29-30~~ Conscience, I say,
"Not your own, but of the other {the conscience of the unbeliever}."
For why is my liberty judged by another man's conscience? 30~~
For if I, by grace, be a partaker,
why am I maligned for that for which I give thanks?

31~~ Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do,
do all to the glory of God.

32~~ Do not become a stumbling block . . .
neither to the Jews . . .
nor to the Gentiles . . .
nor to the Church of God.

33~~ Even as I please all in all things . . .
not seeking mine own benefit . . .
but the benefit of the many . . .
that they might be saved.

{Note: The 'all in all' here is an idiom meaning Paul makes the true issue of Salvation, the only issue to the unbeliever.}


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