Acts + Letters Lesson 23 Day 3

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1 Corinthians 10–11

7. a. The dangers of disobedience and sinful desires—1 Cor. 10:1-13

—Avoid lusting after evil things. (v. 10:6)

—”You, then beware of idol worship with the frivolity and revelry which accompany it.” (1 Cor. 10:6 Stevens)

—Don’t commit sexual immorality.

—”Let’s not test Christ.” (v.10:9)

—”Don’t grumble.” (v. 10:10)

—”So let the man who feels sure of his standing today be careful that he does not fall tomorrow.” (v. 10:12 Phillips)

b. Strength to face temptation

It’s difficult to read that God monitors and allows temptations to overtake us.

We fight temptation with Jesus’ power, like the girl who explained what she did when Satan came with temptation at the door of her heart: “I send Jesus to answer the door. When Satan sees Jesus, he says, ‘OOPS, sorry, I must have the wrong house.’”

Barclay says the word for a way of escape is really a mountain pass, with the idea of an army being surrounded by the enemy, and then suddenly seeing an escape route to safety. Like a mountain pass, the way of escape isn’t necessarily an easy way. (Enduringword.com)

The way of escape is so we can bear it. It’s not a total escape.

8. Do all to the glory of God.

Just because something isn’t a sin doesn’t mean it’s a good idea or the right thing to do in every situation.

That’s where it gets complicated sometimes. Paul gave the Corinthians guidelines to follow concerning meat from animals sacrified in idol worship.

When faced with questions of our own, we can follow the wisdom he outlined for them.

So, rather than seeing just how far we can go and still retain our salvation, we should be seeing just how close we can stay in our love and devotion to the Lord. That is what Paul was advocating. (AWLC)

The way we conduct our lives should not lead others into sin. Rather than always considering what will save us money or be to our advantage, our goal is that many come to Jesus. (v. 10:33)

The Holy Spirit, who is our counselor and guide, will direct our path. First reaction—I should ask Him.

9. Christ is head of the church.

Paul previously addressed divisions among the Corinthians where they claimed to follow him or another apostle and some followed Jesus alone. (The topic of cliques comes up again in 11:18.)

That’s Paul’s main point in this chapter. He uses the example of the authority of a husband over his wife. He also brings up cultural head coverings and hair length. He wants them to follow his example but points to Jesus as the head of His Church.

Paul’s point was that Christ always has ultimate authority in the life of the believer. To make this point, Paul used as an illustration a custom that was prevalent in his day. Sadly, many people have focused on the illustration and forgotten the point. Paul was not teaching on the proper length of hair and the veiling of women. He was illustrating that Christ is the head of the church. These verses should not be used to argue the length of hair and the wearing of veils. He was simply making a point. In 1 Corinthians 11:16, he clearly stated that if anyone wants to argue about these things, there is no such custom in the churches of God. The length of hair and women wearing veils was not an issue to Paul. (AWLC)

Authority in corporate worship

The Greek word that was translated “woman” here is “GUNE,” and it means “a woman, specially, a wife” (Strong’s Concordance). This word was translated “wife” or “wives” 92 times in the New Testament. He was saying that in the marriage relationship, the husband is the head of the wife. Paul was using this example to clarify his statement about the degree to which people should submit to him. He was making sure that they understood that the wives should submit to their own husbands. He was not any woman’s head. That was the role of her husband. In all of Paul’s teachings about a woman’s role of submission (Ephesians 5:22-24Colossians 3:181 Timothy 2:11-121 Peter 3:1, and 5-6), he was speaking only of a wife submitting to her own husband. It is not scriptural to teach that women in general are to submit to men in general. (AWLC)

Eating together and other activities

I don’t think Paul was saying it was wrong for them to have a meal together. That was a common occurrence in the early church. But the way they were doing it—not sharing and some getting drunk—dishonored the Lord’s table by the time they got around to it.

So the way they conducted their times together was worse than not getting together at all.

I noticed that the women prayed and prophesied when they assembled. The only question was about whether they should have their head covered when they did so.

Paul instructs them to judge for themselves about the veils, head coverings, and hair length. (v. 13)

This congregation had a lot of problems, because after all the issues Paul wrote them about, he ends with, “The rest I will set in order whenever I come.” (1 Corinthians 11:34)


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