How To Live ‘Even To The End Of The Age’

This passage describes how believers are to live. We are even told that this guidance applies “even to the end of the age”

NLT 1 Cor 10;4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day. 9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. 12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 14 So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. 15 You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true. 16 When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? 17 And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body. 18 Think about the people of Israel. Weren’t they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar? 19 What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods? 20 No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don’t want you to participate with demons. 21 You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too. 22 What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is? 23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything” but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything” but not everything is beneficial. 24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. 25 So you may eat any meat that is sold in the marketplace without raising questions of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.”

The “Don’ts”

1. We are not to crave evil things as the ones Moses led out of Egypt. Are You ‘Playing The Church Game’? 

2. We are not to worship idols or indulged in pagan revelry.  Are You A Presumer – Performer?

3. We must not engage in sexual immorality  The Two Sides of Sex

4. We should not put Christ to the test  God’s Church Or Man’s Substitute

5. We should not grumble  Key Transformation Passages

Many of the stories of the old Israelites sound like they were faithless winers, not faithful followers.

This passage gives us three “do’s”

1. Drink from the spiritual rock, Christ, not from the cup of demons

Our Assignment – To Ignore Todays Blind Leaders

2. Follow God’s path away from temptation Living in the Light – Seeking And Following the Holy Spirit

3. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others Seeing Straight, Seeing With Spiritual Eyes

Vs 11 declares that “11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. 12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Dear God,

Please keep us from craveing evil things, worshipping idols, indulging in pagan revelry, engaging in sexual immorality, putting Christ to the test, or grumbling. Help us to Drink only from the true spiritual rock, Christ, never from the cup of demons, following God’s path away from temptation, and concerning ourselves primarily with the good of others. In Jesus Name We Pray,

Amen

Glenn

 

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