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1 Corinthians 10:1-13

June 2, 2002

Intro: The issue is still Christian liberty

A-  LIBERTY = To do or omit things that have no relation to salvation.

2 Timothy 2:1, You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

1-   The reasons for Christian liberty are:

a-   Freedom from the paralyzing effects of sin.

b-   It’s the totality of grace.

c-   A tool to be used for His glory.

-         Past religion was always bondage to me because of the lack of liberty.

·        It was a load I was expected to carry.

-         BUT as I found peace with God through Jesus Christ, true religion was a relationship that instead of bondage was really freedoms in everyday life for my comfort and His glory.

John 8:36,  “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

B-  In Chapter 8: We saw that our liberties are to be used to strengthen our fellow believer’s lives and not for the benefit of my earthly desires.

Read Galatians 6:1-5

1-   In Chapter 9: We saw how the servant of the Lord voluntarily limits his use of legitimate liberties (not sin) for the benefit of the cause of The Lord.

Romans 12:1-2


Ø NOW in Chapter 10 Paul uses Old Testament examples of how  the misuse of liberties, effect us personally.

A-  How a people who have obtained liberty from the world can so easily return through liberties gone unchecked.

1-   It then becomes a stumbling point in our walks, and leads to disqualification from the race we have been called to run.

Turn to John 15:1-8

John MacArthur: The misuse of liberty can disqualify us from effective service to Christ.

2-   The inability to serve God as you desire.

a-   The disqualified pastor

1 Corinthians 10:1, Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,

A-  Moreover = Connects 9:27 & 10:1

1-   “Look at this example of those who did not discipline their body and bring it into subjection and became disqualified.”

l- “I do not want you to be unaware”

A-  Those who through ignorance would hinder their Blessings.

1-   Those who would be more open to the leading of the flesh than the Spirit.

Acts 20:26-27,  “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.27 “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

Read verses 1-4

A-  Here Paul addresses 3 ways God had blessed his people.

1-   They were miraculously delivered from the bondage of the world.

2-   They were baptized into Moses

3-   A God provided all their necessities.

1 Corinthians 10:1, …, all passed through the sea,

#1- They delivered by the awesome power of God.

A-  We saw the plagues designed to show God’s power over the Egyptian gods.

1-   How God would deliver them when they did not deserve it or unable to do it themselves.

Turn to Exodus 14:10-18

a-   A picture of New Testament salvation.

1 Corinthians 10:2,  all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

#2- Baptized into Moses

A-  A right relationship with God through His representative Moses.

Galatians 3:27,  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Read Romans 6:1-10

#3- He is the God that provided all their necessities.

A-  Their daily bread  (Manna)

Exodus 16:15,  So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.

Exodus 17:6,  “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

1-   Jewish folklore

John 6:35,  And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

John 7:38,  “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

1 Corinthians 10:5,  But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

A-  Of the 2 million people that left Egypt only Joshua and Caleb entered into the Promised land (blessed Christian life)

See 9:24-27

1-   The twins and Mo.

1 Corinthians 10:6,  Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.

A-  They disqualified themselves through the abuse of liberties.

2 Timothy 2:21-22,  Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1-   In what areas did they misuse their liberties?

Read verses 7-10

A-  The same ones man has been misusing since the beginning of time.

1-   Idolatry,  Sexual immorality,  Testing God ,  Complaining (knowing better than God)

1 Corinthians 10:7,  And 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.”

#1- Idolatry

A-  Corinth was saturated with idols.

1-   Chapter 5:11 tells us there was believers were involved with them.

a-   God and idolatry can not coexist in a believers life.

Read Exodus 32:1-6

Read 1 Corinthians 10:20-21

2-   Greek God’s

a-   Mary, saints, icons, angles

Exodus 20:3,  “You shall have no other gods before Me.

3-   Idol is anything that comes between us and our relationship with God.

a- Idolatry does not have to be something physical.

Ezekiel 14:3,  “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?

1 Corinthians 10:8,  Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;

#2- Over indulging in liberties can lead to sexual immorality.

A-  See Verse 7 “Play” = sexual play

Turn to Numbers 25:1-13

1-   Liberty in this area leads to:

a-   Destroyed marriages

b-   Pregnancies

c-   Diseases

1 Corinthians 10:9,  nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;

#3- Testing God

Turn to Numbers 21:4-6

A-  Pushing God to the limits for the purpose of the flesh.

1-   The Catholic Church.

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

#4- Complaining (knowing better than God)

Turn to Numbers 16:41-50

A-  To complain is to come in to disagreement with a sovereign God.

1-   Guess who is wrong?  

a-   Miriam, Korah, the people

Read Proverbs 6:16-19


Read verses 11-13

Proverbs 16:18,  Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

James 1:13-15,  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

A-  How are we to overcome our tendency to allow the exorcising of liberties to regress to sin?

Mark 14:38,  “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Hebrews 12:1, Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

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