Epistles of Thomas

November 6, 2008

1 Corinthians 10-12

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 10:50

Chapter 10 begins with a curious historical statement regarding the Exodus from Egypt. Paul says, “They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness” (vv3-5). This would be news to all Jews who had rejected Jesus as Messiah but makes perfect sense within that paradigm. He deals with the issue of food sacrificed to idols and concludes that we should base our actions on the conscience of the other, always seeking not to cause them to stumble, whether Jew or Greek or the church of God. He concludes this section with 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” This is a powerful statement in that it makes provision for following a human model. Some might claim that all humans are fallen and thus we cannot dare to take any person as a model for our own behaviour. However, if that person is following the example of Christ then we are disobedient not to follow them. Was Paul the most humble human? He didn’t claim to be Christ, but he did claim to be following him. In chapter eleven Paul begins dealing with issues in the church. There are issues to do with authority, practice of the Lord ’s Supper, with spiritual gifts, and which gifts are most important. Some are claiming that in order to be a full Christian you must possess their gift while others are feeling left out because they do not feel as spiritual. Paul concludes that everything comes through the One Spirit and all should use their gifts and position to enhance the glory of the body of Christ as a whole.

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