by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 10 (19 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

The more I examine the scriptures the more I am amazed at how the various books and letters of the Bible all fit together! So many times we look upon this blessed book as separate little bits of chapters and verses, rather than seeing how they connect together. While I was meditating on the 10th chapter of 1st Corinthians, it became clear to me just how this chapter connects to the previous chapter we just finished.

In chapter 9 we saw that Paul became all things to all men, not for his own sake, or for his own temporal advantage, or to curry favor with men. Not for the sake of gaining wealth, or honor and applause to himself, but for the spread of the Gospel, and its greater usefulness among men. Or as he stated in 9:22,

To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

He conformed himself to the position of each in the several classes, that out of them all he might gain some. While steadfastly keeping Christ's law he adapted himself to all men in the hope of gaining them. This was his great declaration! But how does this connect to the 10th chapter? Well the theme of being made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some did not end in chapter 9. Look at 10:32-33:

32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

So we can see that the 10th chapter continues the great theme of being all things to all men for the sake of the gospel and the salvation of some or the many.

This 10th chapter addressed in greater detail the reasons why the Corinthians failed to follow the example given to them in Paul, that is, to become all things to all men for the gospel's sake and for the salvation of souls. The ...

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