1 Corinthians; The saints and the idols

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posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 07:22 PM
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In the previous passage, from v6 of the same chapter, Paul was reminding the Corinthians of passages of idolatry in Israel’s history and warning them not to follow the bad example.
These include the episode at Shiittim (Numbers ch25) where idolatry was combined with sexual misbehaviour.
In Revelation ch2 v14, the letter to Pergamum refers to the same episode in complaining about the same issue; “…the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, that they might eat meat sacrificed to idols and practice immorality”.
“Jezebel”, in the next letter, is teaching the same combination.
Evidently the problem which Paul is discussing remained a living issue in the next generation on the other side of the Aegean




posted on Nov, 1 2013 @ 06:02 PM
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N.B. In v18 Paul refers to the Old Testament people as “Israel according to the flesh”- KATA SARKA
He normally thinks in terms of a contrast between “flesh” and “Spirit”.
The implication is that the church is to be understood, in contrast, as “Israel according to the Spirit”.



posted on Nov, 2 2013 @ 05:12 PM
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The sequence of threads in this series is expected to be as follows;

Defining the church
The calling and the cross
The calling and the Spirit
The calling and the teachers
The saint and his holiness
The saints and the sinner
The saints and the idols (current thread)
The fellowship and the common Spirit
The fellowship and the gifts
The fellowship and the Supper
The fellowship and its love
The waiting and the resurrection





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