Lifted and Fallen #2

Thursday, February 9, 2017

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:12,13 KJV).

Does the Bible teach “entire sanctification?” Today’s Scripture screams, NO!

Closing chapter 9, Paul wrote about his own Christian life: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (verse 27). My friends, please stop and let that sink in. Read it again: “…lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” That word “castaway” is adokimos, literally meaning “unapproved.” The opposite is found in 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved [dokimos] unto God….”

To be a “castaway” is for God to reject your Christian service. While you have not lost your salvation, God disapproves of your behavior. The great Apostle Paul—led by the Holy Spirit—thought his Christian service could potentially become unacceptable. To wit, Paul thought he could sin! By the time chapter 10 opens, he warns the saints at Corinth that they could fail God as well. Since some of them had a synagogue (Jewish worship) background, they knew the “Old Testament” writings (cf. Acts 18:1-17).

These Corinthian believers are reminded they are prone to repeating Israel’s sins. Notice, 1 Corinthians chapter 10, verses previous to today’s Scripture: “[1] Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; [2] And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; [3] And did all eat the same spiritual meat; [4] And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. [5] But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.” Brethren, we need not be ignorant of our vulnerability to sin….

Our latest Bible Q&A: “Will Israel’s Little Flock be put to death or not?