1 Corinthians 8 – In Corinth, when animals were sacrificed to
idols, the excess meat would be sold in the market place. We know that idols are nothing. If a weaker brother saw us eat meat offered to idols and caused him to stumble, we have sinned against him and God. Let not your liberty be an occasion for stumbling for your brother or sister. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies all.
1 Corinthians 9 - The Word speaks about supporting a Minster of the gospel. A minister of the Word make his living by the gospel. Paul rebukes and exhorts the Corinthians for not giving for his support. 1 Corinthians 10 - vs.1 “I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren.” The children of Israel were brought out of Egypt, baptized in the Red Sea and the Cloud by day and Fire by night (Holy Spirit) and drank from the spiritual rock, Jesus. Does this sound familiar? It says God was not well pleased with them. Many were overthrown in the wilderness. They did not endure to the end in the trials and tribulations. 1) Idolaters - putting pleasure before God. 2) Immorality - 23,000 died in one day. 3) Tempting God - destroyed by serpents. 4) Murmured - destroyed by the Destroyer. vs.12 “If any man thinks he stands let him take heed lest he falls.” vs.13 - While in the wilderness, they were not tempted beyond what they were able to bear, and with it God made a way of escape. Flee idolatry, because we are partakers of the body and blood of Christ. Crain Blanchard. www.joseph1637.com