First Corinthians 10:1-12


POINT: Guarantee of privilege or position does not guarantee final blessing or production



For” picks up where verse 9:27 ended.  Paul had privileges but he could be disqualified if he didn’t follow the rules.


In 9:27 Paul makes a distinction between his:

1)     success in the ministry

2)     success in his personal Christian Life


The theme for chapter 8, 9 and 10 is incomplete knowledge or knowledge that is not balanced with love.  Chapter 10 continues the discussion on knowledge that is bent on self-service.


do not want you ignorant” is a formula used when Paul is teaching something new or is giving information that if it is misunderstood would lead to wrong or even destructive conclusions.  This formula is also used at:

1)     Romans 1:13 concerning his plan to visit Rome

2)     Romans 11:25 concerning the mystery of Israel

3)     1 Corinthians 10:1 (here) concerning overconfidence in baptism and the Lord’s supper

4)     2 Corinthians 1:8 concerning the hardships Paul and his team faced

5)     1 Thessalonians concerning the dead, the resurrection and the orders of resurrection



OT Examples

1)     Under the cloud (Exodus 13:21-22)

2)     Passed through the sea ( Exodus 14:21-22)

-These are the OT Paul uses for Christian baptism


3)     Ate food – Manna (Ex. 16:4, 13)

4)     Drank spiritual drink –water from rock (Ex. 17:1-7)

-These are the OT examples Paul uses for the Lord’s supper

-Notice how he points out that the Rock was Christ




Nevertheless” is a strong reversal.

The Exodus generation had every reason to be confident but they still failed because of their failure to fully understand and the failure to live in line with the truth



scattered” is katastrwnnumi or “katastronnumi” and it means “to strike down like a hurricane.”  Translation: “their corpses littered the dessert”


Their sins:

1)     idolaters (Ex. 32:6)

2)     Sexual immorality (Nu. 25:1-3)

3)     Testing the Lord (Nu. 21:5-6; Ps. 78:18) –try to see how far you can go and God still allow it or not punish you.

4)     Grumble (Num. 16)