“Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.” 1 Corinthians 10:9 (KJB)
There are four “Neither”(s) in this paragraph of chapter 10. The apostle is giving the Corinthian Christians, and Christians of every age examples of how we are not to be and live:
- “Neither be Idolaters”;
- “Neither let us commit fornication”;
- “Neither let us tempt Christ”;
- “Neither murmur”.
Each one of these have a lesson in themselves. Paul is dealing with historical events in the journeys of his forefathers who wandered forty years in the wilderness. Someone has said, “It only took a few days to get Israel out of Egypt, but it took forty years to get Egypt out of Israel.”
On the matter of “Tempting Christ” that is putting Him to the test. It is not a matter to temptation of sinning. He cannot be tempted to sin (James 1:13).
As I read these words this morning my first thought was that the apostle is recognizing that Christ Jesus was with Israel in the wilderness. He has in these verses recognized that in 1 Corinthians 10:4 – “That Rock was Christ”.
Putting Christ to the test. How is that done? Not trusting Him. Not believing what He says. Not walking with Him. Living as the people around us live, instead of as He teaches and lived.
In the wilderness twenty three thousand people died as a result of unbelief, because they had put Him to the test.
Let us as a Christian of 2019 commit ourselves to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength; and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves; and choose daily, moment by moment to walk humbly with God in the power of His Spirit. When we are doing that we will not be tempting Christ.
“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened of sincerity and truth. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-13 (KJB)
References: 1 Corinthians 3:21; 2 Timothy 2:17; Exodus 12:15; John 17:15; 1 John 5:19; Deuteronomy 13:5
“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.’ Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:6-12 (KJV)
The Christian has many examples in Scripture to follow. When there are so many who want to follow the example of our society or culture; let the Christian be the one who says, “I will follow Christ, and live my life for Him, and His glory. No matter what this culture does I will live for Christ; be pure, clean, and glorify His name.”
Some of you need to repent of the life you have been living; make that turn around today, and make that decision today.
Join with me in making that your declaration, and life today.
-Tim A. Blankenship
“I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (KJV)
We hear much about love. “God is love” we hear; and we forget that there are things God hates. Yes! God is love. We are not to love “Love” but God. The Corinthian Christians above loved the fact that they were loving a man who was in an adulterous life with his “Father’s wife”; and doing nothing about it.
Paul says they are to separate from him, “Not to keep company” and this is with one who calls themselves a “Brother”. “With such an one no not to eat.” How are folks who are wrapped up by sin going to get back into fellowship with God if they are not confronted about their sin.
Yes! We all have sin we must deal with. The case above is one that was not dealing with it. Sin in the Church will bring God’s judgment upon it. Deal with it.
-Tim A. Blankenship
And he saith unto me, ‘Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.’ ‘And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.‘ Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. ‘I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.‘ And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him that heareth say, ‘Come.’ And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:10-17 (KJV)
Within these verses are the final Beatitude of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Also within these few verses is the final invitation of Scripture.
The Spirit and the bride say “Come.” And those who hear say, “Come”. It is a double invitation to all who will hear to come to the One who can give blessing and peace. Jesus, the Christ; Son of God.