Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 On Par not Partaking

on September 20, 2012

Partaking:  In verses 14-22 Paul wrote the Corinthians about fleeing from idolatry.  If we walk it back to verse 7, Paul wrote them to not be idolaters like the Israelites who made an idol and sacrificed to it, then had a great celebration of eating, drinking and playing.  In Exodus 32 it says they were shouting, singing and dancing.  Those acts are all ways that God has given His people to worship Him for His glory.  They were taken away from God and given to man-made idols.  It invoked his jealousy (righteous concern over truth and glory) and anger.  During Paul’s day in Corinth, the pagan religious centers were also banquet halls where people indulged in revelry and partook of food knowingly sacrificed to idols.  Paul is saying to run from that evil.  By engaging in the pagan temple meals they were in essence sitting at the table of the Devil.

On Par (On an equal level):  In verses 23-11:1 Paul is contrasting intentionally partaking in pagan activity with setting aside liberties and laws to eat with unbelievers in hopes of leading them to Jesus.  In so doing, they are seeking what is helpful, what builds up–in essence, they are seeking love (8:1)!  Love seeks the good of a neighbor above self and seeks to please others and give them advantages that they might be saved!  This is people pleasing to the glory of God!  It is not pleasing them so the “love-giver” will be liked but so God will be glorified!

Being on par with our culture and not partaking of our culture is the difference between being around people who sin and willfully paying money to be entertained by sin.  A small example is cursing–unwholesome talk.  We can go to a friends house for dinner and endure hearing curse words for the sake of the gospel.  This takes perseverance.  But it is not helpful or uplifting to pay to see a movie full of cursing for our own enjoyment.  This makes us partakers in sin.  Another example is having a glass of wine or a beer with dinner at a friend or relatives house verses purposefully going to a bar with the desire to get drunk.

The end of this chapter gives the overarching theme and filter for all activities.  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God…that many may be saved!”


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