In 1Corinthians 9-10, Paul uses himself as an example to discuss living on support, giving us interesting principles about when to give support and when to take support. Then he concludes with a sober warning about relying on being part of the tribe.
After 10 chapters in 27 podcasts on 1Corinthians, I’ll be taking a break for the holidays. But we will tackle the head covering passage when the podcast returns in January. THANKS for listening!
In 1Corinthians 9, Paul uses his own situation as an example of how the Corinthians ought to think about exercising their freedom. As an apostle, Paul has the right to receive financial support, but declined. He wants the Corinthians to exercise their freedom the same way. In part 1 of his argument, Paul defends his right to accept support.
In part 2 of his argument, Paul explains why he declined to take support and what they should learn from his example.
Appealing to the example of the Israelites in the wilderness, Paul warns that not everyone who saw the miracles entered the promised land. Being part of the tribe does not guarantee God’s favor.
1Corinthians 10:13 is often memorized as a stand-alone verse that promises God always provides a way to escape sin, if only you’ll take it. But in context, Paul is saying something quite different.
Paul concludes this section by summarizing the his 2 main themes: 1) We should limit our freedoms out of love for our neighbor; and 2) We need to take care lest our freedoms are a covering for idolatry.
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