Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 10. After reading the Chapter, read the below to help you dive deeper into the chapter. Conclude in Prayer.
St. Paul is so concerned about the carnality of the Corinthians. He uses the example of the Jews in the Old Testament, who even though they crossed the waters of the Red Sea, and ate the manna and drank the water out of the Rock, it profited them nothing, for they turned to sin. St. Paul warns the Corinthians, that if they carnally minded, though they are baptized and partake of the Body and Blood of Christ, if they do not transform their minds to the spiritual, it may profit them nothing.
How can we use the example of the Jews to transform our minds from the carnal to the spiritual?
UNWORTHY RECIPIENTS OF THE FREE GIFT - "Paul wants to remind us that we are not saved merely because we happen to have been the recipients of God‘s free grace. We have to demonstrate that we are willing recipients of that free gift. The children of Israel received it, but they proved to be unworthy of it, and so they were not saved.” - ORIGEN
“OVERTHROWN IN THE WILDERNESS - "The Israelites were not in the land of promise when God did these things to them. Thus it was that he visited them with a double vengeance, because he did not allow them to see the land which had been promised to them, and he punished them severely as well.” - CHRYSOSTOM
St. Paul tells us the way by saying that we should not:
...lust after the evil things (Ver 6)
... become idolators (Ver 7)
...commit sexual immorality (Ver 8)
... tempt Christ (Ver 9)
... complain (Ver 10)
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (Ver 12)
OUR STANDING IN THIS WORLD - "Once again, Paul casts down the pride of those who think they know it all. For if the Israelites, who had such great privileges, suffered these things, and if some were punished merely because they were heard to complain, how much more shall we suffer if we are not careful. Anyone who relies on himself will soon fall. For the way in which we stand in this world is not secure and will not be until we are delivered out of the waves of this present life into the peaceful haven of eternal rest. Therefore, do not be proud of your standing, but pay attention so that you will not stumble. If Paul was afraid that it might happen to him, how much more ought we to be afraid also.” - CHRYSOSTOM
St. Paul seeks to encourage the Corinthians in the face of temptations. He does not speak hear of trials, but rather of temptations, which are the tools of the enemy. He reminds them that there is a an escape from temptation, through the Grace of God and not through man's own abilities.
THE PURPOSE OF TEMPTATION - "Paul did not pray that we should not be tempted, for a man who has not been tempted is untried, but that we should be able to bear our temptations as we ought."
GOD ENABLES US TO BEAR TEMPTATION - "Many do not bear it but are conquered by temptation. What God gives us is not the certainty that we shall bear it but the possibility that we may be made able to bear it." - ORIGEN
ABILITY TO BEAR TEMPTATION COMES FROM GRACE - "Paul implies that there must be temptations which we cannot bear. What are these? Well, all of them in effect. For the ability to bear them comes from God‘s grace, which we obtain by asking for it. God gives us patience and brings us speedy deliverance. In this way the temptation becomes bearable." - CHRYSOSTOM
Many of us are tempted by idols. Idols can be anything that we worship, praise or revere other than God himself. St. Paul warns us of such idol worship, reminding us that an idol by itself may be nothing, but the enemy, Satan and his demons desire our idol worship. It is for this reason that he reminds us that The Christian offering, the Eucharist, is the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are in real participation, communion, with God when we partake of His Body and Blood. This is real worship!
ONE BREAD. "The body of Christ is not many bodies but one body. For just as the bread, which consists of many grains, is made one to the point that the separate grains are no longer visible, even though they are still there, so we are joined to each other and to Christ. But if we are all nourished by the same source and become one with him, why do we not also show forth the same love and become one in this respect too? This was what it was like in ancient times, as we see in Acts - For the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul.” - CHRYSOSTOM
"Since God created everything, everything is clean (v. 26), even what was once used in idolatrous worship (vv. 25, 27). However, offending a fellow Christian in nonessential matters breaks the law of love, the bond of unity (vv. 28–30). If we say that it affects no one but ourselves, yet we must do what is to the glory of God (v. 31), or else we offend God. The salvation of all is more important than the rights of the individual (v. 33). A right is never inalienable if it alienates us from others." - ORTHODOX STUDY BIBLE
God, I thank You that You have given us grace, to partake of Your Body and Blood, and commune with You and be One with You. Give us O God, the spiritual mind that seeks to edify other, and does not seek its own self. In this way can we truly say we are one with You, when we love You and when we seek not our own, but the edification of others. In all things Dear God, we seek to do all things to Your Glory. Give us O God, this heart and mind, Amen.
Posted on Fri, February 3, 2017
by Mathew Shehata