by Ernest Easley

The Communion Table
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 10:14-32

We're thinking tonight from 1 Corinthians 10 on this subject: The Communion Table. So take God's word and join me for a few minutes in 1 Corinthians 10.

Now in our blended service this morning .. we were in this 10th chapter of 1 Corinthians where we learned about God's Restraining Power. We read in verse 13, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."

Yes, temptation is common; it is controlled and can be conquered. And the key is the phrase ".. but God." That makes all the difference when it comes to overcoming temptation: But God!

You can talk about how difficult certain temptations are … BUT GOD! You can talk about how weak you are … BUT GOD! That reality … the "but God" reality … changes everything!

Now notice what he says next in verse 14, "Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry." That word "therefore" ties together what he just got through saying to what he's about to say. You could say it this way, "In light of what I just told you, do this!" Do what? "… flee from idolatry."

Now the majority of the Corinthians he's writing this to came out of idol worship. There were many idol temples in Corinth. And when Paul tells them to "flee from idolatry" literally, "shun the worship of idols," he knew they would be tempted to head back to the temples, not so much to bow before idols, but to participate in the many activities associated with the temples.

It was the place to be if you lived in Corinth. You would get the best food there, the socialites spent time there, live music. If you wanted to have a good time in Corinth, you went to the Temple.

That's why he warned those believers to "flee from idolatry." That's a word we need today too! "flee from idolatr ...

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