True Freedom-I Corinthians 10:3-13

1 Corinthians 10:3-13 “They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.”We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did — and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test the Lord, as some of them did — and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did — and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
1 Corinzi 10:3-13  mangiarono tutti lo stesso cibo spirituale, 4 bevvero tutti la stessa bevanda spirituale, perché bevevano alla roccia spirituale che li seguiva; e questa roccia era Cristo. 5 Ma della maggior parte di loro Dio non si compiacque: infatti furono abbattuti nel deserto.Or queste cose avvennero per servire da esempio a noi, affinché non siamo bramosi di cose cattive, come lo furono costoro, e perché non diventiate idolatri come alcuni di loro, secondo quanto è scritto: «Il popolo si sedette per mangiare e bere, poi si alzò per divertirsi». 8 Non fornichiamo come alcuni di loro fornicarono, e ne caddero in un giorno solo ventitremila. Non tentiamo Cristo come alcuni di loro lo tentarono, e perirono morsi dai serpenti.10 Non mormorate come alcuni di loro mormorarono, e perirono colpiti dal distruttore. 11 Ora, queste cose avvennero loro per servire da esempio e sono state scritte per ammonire noi, che ci troviamo nella fase conclusiva delle epoche.12  Perciò, chi pensa di stare in piedi guardi di non cadere.
13 Nessuna tentazione vi ha còlti, che non sia stata umana; però Dio è fedele e non permetterà che siate tentati oltre le vostre forze; ma con la tentazione vi darà anche la via di uscirne, affinché la possiate sopportare.”
     Paul presents a case from the history of Israel’s downfalls and relates it the Corinthian church. Their freedom led them to live a life of self-indulgence and Paul mentions five areas of failure in this chapter that followed Israel’s freedom to Egypt. First, they weren’t satisfied with the provisions God provided. Second, they sought the idolatrous ways of the pagan nations around them. Third, they were immoral. Fourth, they questioned God’s plan for them. And fifth, they complained about their life and leaders.
     It seems the Corinthian church believed that their acceptance of Christ and new understanding of freedom gave them liberty to practice a lifestyle without consequences and, certainly, no judgments. But Paul reminds them to be on guard lest they become as the children of Israel. To the Galatian church, Paul gave a similar message, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
     Paul presents a solution to the Corinthians when they are tempted to follow the old life of sin and indulgence. Paul instructs them that God will always provide “a way out”.  The Message (the Bible in contemporary language) says, “God will never let you down.” The real question for the Corinthians and for us is this: When confronted with the temptation to abuse our freedom in Christ in any area of our life, are we looking for a way to justify our sinful actions or do we truly want a way out? If we really want freedom in Christ, God will never let us down!
Pray with me: Lord, I praise You for the freedom that I have in knowing You as Savior and Liberator. Help me to remember when I am confronted in times of temptation, to always look to You to provide a way out for me.

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