Being Really Sure of the Way to Heaven

 

Just added, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie:

 

John chp 10 vs 1 to 11 – Being Really Sure of the Way to Heaven – JS Gillespie – 27112016

 

‘When you hear the Shepherd call’

A new message preached from John chapter 10, by Dr J Stewart Gillespie:

 

John Chp 10 vs 1 to 11 – When you hear the Shepherd Call – JS Gillespie – 20112016

 

Faskally 2015 – Family Week

Impossible Lives – Unspeakable Sins :

Each evenings message brought by J Stewart Gillespie, at the October 2015 Family Week at Faskally House Pitlochry:

 

1 Corinthians chp 5 – Unspeakable Sins – J Stewart Gillespie – 12102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 6 – Unbelievable Provision – J Stewart Gillespie – 13102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 6 to 16 – Inexcusable Failure – J Stewart Gillespie – 14102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 to 33 – Impossible Decisions – J Stewart Gillespie – 15102015.mp3

 

 

Gathering Together and Building up

 

Just added – a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie, at Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock, from 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 23:

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 – Gathering Together and Building Up – J Stewart Gillespie – 25083015

 

Outline notes available from this message:

 

1 Corinthians chapter 10 approaches this issue of freedom and guidance in the decisions we make by asking 4 key questions in the exercise of freedom:

  1. Does it build me up? (v23)
  2. Does it bless others? (v24)
  3. Does it bring Glory to God (v31)?
  4. Does it bring others to Gods Glory? (v33)

 

  1. Does it build me up? (v23)

all things are lawful” – Christian behaviour is not founded on the principle of law

Restricting Christian behaviour cannot be done on the basis of law

That Christian behaviour is not constrained by law is not to say that Christian behaviour is not constrained!

expediency‘ : sumpheo: ‘sun’ – together and ‘pheo’ – to bring – to bring it together

edification‘ : oikodomeo: to build, construct

  • bring it together
  • build it up

 

You might think, well that is all very well, Christian behaviour not dictated by law, but surely in reality there are rules, surely it makes sense, surely its easier if there is a kind of agreed code of conduct:

  • places you don’t go
  • things you don’t do
  • jobs you can’t do

Lets just stick to some basic laws!

The greatest building projects in the Word of God have been accomplished, not by law but by Grace:

  • The law did not build the tabernacle – many details given in the law and yet many details absent! What does a cherubim look like? How were the colours arranged in the curtain; blue, purple, scarlet and fine twinned linen? What were the dimensions of the lampstand? Consider Exodus 25:31-40 – the lampstand – notice anything important missng? How big was it? I mean how can you build it if you don’t know how big it is? Illust: Not that long ago, needed a new back door, had some work men out, first thing they wanted to know – what size was it? No point in saying, well all I need is a back door! The cynic, skeptic and unbelieving mind would rejoice in this, there is plenty for us all to rejoice in, in the Word of God! Here is a tabernacle they could never build because the basic detail ain’t in the rule book! The tabernacle wasn’t built purely according to the rule book. Let me show you how the tabernacle was built. For this Bezaleel must be filled with the Spirit of God (Exodus 31:2)
  • The law did not build Davids Kingdom – The Spirit did (1 Sam 16:13; Ps 51:11)
  • The law didn’t build Zerubabels temple – The Spirit did (Zech 4:6)
  • The law did not build Christs church – The Spirit did (Acts 1:5, 7-8; 2:1-4, 38, 41, 47)

 

A second word is used here:

expediency‘ : sumpheo: ‘sun’ – together and ‘pheo’ – to bring – to bring it together

I was asked a very good question; ‘what’s the difference between ‘expedient’ and ‘edify’?’

  1. ‘expedient’ – is a horizontal word
  2. ‘edify’ – is a vertical word

that whilst:

  1. Expedient – has to do with gathering together
  2. Edify – has to do with building up

The order is significant

The distinction is real

They are distinct but complementary

We can discern them going hand in hand right the way through the Word of God:

First the gathering together and then

The building up

 

 

David brought together all that was needed for the temple (1 Chron 22:14)

Solomon would build the temple from that provision (1 Chron 22:6ff)

 

The Israelites would bring all the raw materials for the tabernacle (Exodus 25:1ff; 35:29)

Bezaleel would then build it (Exodus 35:30ff)

 

A little lad would bring of his 5 loaves and 2 fishes

The great miracle of feeding would be performed by the Lord

in this miracle there was in a sense a double gathering together and building up:

John 6:13they gathered them together and filled 12 bushels with the fragments of 5 barley loaves…”

and a second building up:

12 baskets – one for each disciple (Luke 9:17)

 

Whilst it goes beyond the context of 1 Corinthians chp 10; in the Christian life, individually, personally, we can see this pattern being worked out:

First – you gather together

Then – you build up

If we are going to build up we must first gather together

On a personal / individual way if we are going to build up one another, if we are going to build up the church, if we are going to preach the gospel, teach the younger ones, do a work for the Lord, there must first be a gathering together!

If there is no gathering together in time, prayer, study, then there will be no building up.

1 Corinthians 10:23 does not really have personal preparation as the context, although we can see this as a pattern and as an application.

The context in 1 Corinthians chp 10 was that of friction in the church, the bringing together then of verse 23 has an eye on that which would bring together the body of Christ (cf chp 1, 3 &12) rather than that which would cause schism and friction!

Their behaviour was splitting and fissuring the people of God apart (chps 1,3,8,10).

Here is a practical and sobering thought for these Corinthians:

personal vertical growth

is founded upon

collective horizontal growth

we first:

gather together

and then we

build up

In despising one another with schism (chp 3) and trampling over one anothers conscience (chp 8 + 10) and envying one another (1 Co 12)

In causing all of that schism and disruption we destroy the very best environment for our own spiritual growth and prosperity.

We are part of the body of Christ; “and wither one member suffer all the members suffer with it.” (1 Co 12:26).

In despising one another, they destroy their own spiritual growth.

 

 

Survival Skills for a Christless City – 1 Corinthians chapter 10

 

Just added, a new message in our series on 1 Corinthians, preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verses 18 to 33:

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 18 to 33 – Survival Skills for a Christless City – JS Gillespie – 11082015

 

Notes available from this message:

 

How do we live for Christ in a Christless society?

There have been at least 3 approaches apart from the one advocated here in 1 Corinthians chapter 10:

  1. Isolation – Hide
  • Christians withdraw from the world around them, recognising correctly that it is anti Christ, immoral and hostile to them and the Gospel
  • They choose a path of living as Christians amongst Christians
  • Don’t find this approach in the NT, although perhaps the seeds of it exist in 1 Tim 4:3; 1 Co 7:1ff
  • Generally the vision for evangelism and the appreciation of the lost world as not only being anti Christ but being in need of Christ is still too fresh.
  • Not only does this approach:

Disobey the great commission (Matt 28:18ff)

it also ultimately Disappoints the pursuit of holiness

 

  1. Assimilation – Compromise

This is the approach of the Corinthians and perhaps has become the approach of the church in the 20th and 21st centuries too:

  • compromise
  • assimilation
  • amalgamation

Professing Christ and living like a Corinthian

Living like a Corinthian in Corinth

Difficult at times to tell the believer from the unbeliever

This seems to have been the approach of many at Corinth

They professed faith in Christ as Saviour; they really wanted the hope of salvation, home in heaven and the help of the Spirit of God.

They loved to hear of the:

  • Person of Christ
  • Prophecies of His coming – eg 1 Corinthians chp 5 and chp 15
  • Power of the Spirit – 1 Co 12 + 14
  • the Promise of resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15

The Gospel is good news, great news, the very best news; there is no blesing so great, so valuable and so precious

No wonder they were falling over themselves to get it!

But wherever we hear of this promise of salvation and forgiveness of sins and a new life there is a condition attached:

  • John Baptist (Matt 3:2) – repent
  • Christ (Matt 4:17; Mk 1:15; Lk 13:3,5 – repent
  • Disciples (Mk 6:12) – repent
  • Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:19) – repent
  • Paul (Acts 17:30) – repent
  •  
  1. Legislation

Maybe find a balance between these two approaches?

The word or idea of ‘balance’ when it comes to spiritual truth ought always to be a red flag to the believer.

The idea of balance involves opposing / contradictory / opposite ideas, and finding a middle ground or fulcrum for balance, the problem here is:

  • truth doesn’t oppose truth and so does not require balancing out
  • the opposite of truth is error
  • either you are trying to balance error with error – ie 2 different varieties of error, or error against truth in both cases you will end up only with error

So here, the error of isolation balanced against the error of assimilation simply gives you a third error – legislation.

Maybe there is a middle ground between isolation and assimilation?

Maybe we could come up with a list of does and don’ts, an agreed list of places you can and can’t go, things you can and can’t do.

Practically of course we will never get Christians to agree on what those rules might be.

 

There is a distinct approach altogether:

 

  1. Sanctification

That is:

not:

  • Living as a Corinthian in Corinth
  • Living as a Christian amongst Christians

but:

  • Living as a Christian in Corinth

Here is a thoroughly revolutionary idea!

There is a problem with it however:

It’s as DIFFICULT as it is DANGEROUS

For those determined to live as Christians at Corinth, here are the survival skills for living for Christ in a Christless City.

 

  1. Fellowship (10:16-21)
  2. Feeding (10:21)
  3. Fear of God (10:22)
  4. Freedom (10:23-30)
  5. Build me up? (10:23)
  6. Bless others? (10:24)
  7. Bring Glory to God? (10:31)
  8. Bring others to Gods Glory? (10:32)

 

 

  1. Fellowship (10:16-21)

The world is not spiritually neutral

Satan turns up in all sorts of unexpected places

The world may be in a state of:

  • ignorance
  • apathy
  • absence

from Christ

But that does not render it spiritually neutral

Everybody is serving somebody

Society may profess religious affiliation in the negative; atheism, agnosticism and non denominationalism, but the world is not spiritually neutral (Ephesians 2:1ff)

Satan turns up in all sorts of unexpected / hidden places:

  • Against Peter; “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:(Luk 22:31) – inspiring the Damsel to point out Peter?
  • In Judas Iscariot; “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.”(Luk 22:3)
  • In the persecution of Rev 2:13
  • Behind the King of Tyre (Ezek 28:12)
  • Behind the King of Persia (Dan 10:11-14)
  • Behind the King of Babylon (Isa 14:4ff)
  • In every day trials and temptations (1Peter 5:8)
  • In personal opposition to the gospel (John 8:44)
  • Behind human political systems and Kingdoms (Matt 4:8ff)

How do we identify the Devil in the detail?

Where do his malevolent influences lie?

Look for his character being manifested:

  1. Murder (Jo 8:44) – Satan takes life, destroys life and quashes life.
  2. Lies (Jo 8:44)
  3. Theft (Jo 10:1)
  4. Counterfeit / Idol worship (1 Co10:20) – which may not be that far from the real thing.

Look for those hallmarks of Satanic activity and you may well find an influence all around you.

 

  1. Feeding (10:21)

We must choose where we feed

We cannot feed on both Christ and the world, they are mutually contradictory!

cf. 1 Co 10:3-4; 1 Peter 2:1-4 – the milk and 1 Co 3:2 – the meat; 1 Co 5:7 – the passover

 

  1. Fear of God (10:22)

Our sin has consequences

Illust: Aristadas de Sousa Mendes, issued 20,000 visas to Jewish refugees in Bordeaux in France in 1940; ‘better to be with God against men than with men against God’

 

  1. Freedom (10:23-30)

Christian liberty is real, the apostle does not deny Christian liberty even in the midst of these abuses of that liberty

Consider the consequences:

  1. Build me up? (10:23)

The question is not, what is wrong with it? (v23) but rather how does it build me up?

  1. Bless others? (10:24)

There are higher pursuits than what suits me best (v24).

  1. Bring Glory to God? (10:31)
  1. Bring others to Gods Glory? (10:32)

Salvation and evangelism (v37)

1141 Reasons not to Talk to a Rock – 1 Corinthians chapter 10 vs 3 to 5

 

Just added; a new message preached from 1 Corinthians by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 3 to 5 – 1141 Reasons not to Talk to a Rock – JS Gillespie – 26052015

 

Outline notes available for this message:

 

Last time we noted that whilst 1 Corinthians chp 10 seemed to have little immediate relevance to us / maybe to be out of place.

What does this have to do with Corinth?

We don’t need to Wonder for too long the purpose of recounting this events – we are told in 1Co 10:6; “these things were our examples..” : ‘tupos‘ : type, something caused by strokes or blows

It has its significance in a parallel / parable between the nation of Israel and the Corinthians:

  • Assumptions
  • Blessings
  • Confusion
  • Deception

Points of parallel:

 

  1. Assumptions that they made – that you could have the best of both worlds. That you could run both the old and the new life together. Paul does not refute this idea / premise with any great theological argument; but simply with the fact that this approach has been tried and failed back in the days of Israel! They did not end up with the best of both worlds they ended up with neither!
  2. Blessings they enjoyed: Led, Fed and Dead.
  3. Confusion of external blessing and internal reality

The distinction between what is given to me and what I am.

They reasoned that because they were:

  • Baptised
  • Breaking bread
  • Enjoying God speak

That all was well, that they had the Christian thing in the bag, done and dusted.

  1. Deceptions that robbed them

A 4 fold deception

It may just have seemed a bit of fun to them, a victimless crime but each deception would rob them of each of their blessings in Christ:

  • v7 – of being Led by Christ
  • v8 – of being Dead to Sin
  • v9 – of being Fed from heaven
  • v10 – of being identified with Moses

3 features of those ancient Israelites:

  1. Led (verse 1)
  2. Fed (verses 3 to 4)
  3. Dead – Baptised

They took great comfort and solace in being part of a church where something was happening.

They drew great reassurance from their blessings of:

  • Baptism
  • Communion
  • Ministry
  • Word from the Lord

Like Israel however in Exodus and Numbers they thought that they could live / lead a double life.

They though that they could have the best of both worlds.

They thought that they could:

  • Run with the hares and hunt with the hounds
  • Best of both worlds
  • Take refuge in the blessings of the Spirit (10:1-5) but all the time pursue the lusts of the flesh (10:6)

They seemed to have placed great weight on the fact that they were:

  • Baptised (10:2)
  • Broke bread / took communion (10:3-5; 10:16ff)

Yet they continued in the old life and pursued the old lusts

Did that not get them the best of both worlds?

No it short changed them for both

They hadn’t gained both

They lost both!

 

The blessings they enjoyed:

  1. Led:

under the cloud” (v1)

Under the cloud – that surely is a bad place to be?

  1. It was for the old world that perished under the flood – clouds of Destruction / judgement
  2. It was the Egyptian army pursuing the people of Israel (Ex 14:20-25) – clouds of Death / Darkness
  3. It was at Sinai (Exodus 24:15,16; Deut 4:11) – clouds of Dread.

Yet for the believer the cloud is:

  1. The Place of Gods Promises (Gen 9:13,14,16) – the first mention of the cloud in the scriptures, and in it is a rainbow of Divine promises
  2. The Place of Gods Provision in Guidance (Exodus 13:21; 14:19-24; Ex 40:36-37; Ps 78:14; Ps 99:7) – God goes before them in the cloud by day
  3. The Place of Gods Presence (Exodus 16:10; 19:9; 24:16; 33:9; 34:5; 40:34,35; Lev 16:2; Num 11:25; Deut 31:15; 1 Kings 8:11; Neh 9:12) – In the cloud the, “Glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud”

The people of Israel are in a sense “under the cloud

It is so often “under the cloud” that we find the PRESENCE of the Lord!

  • Elijahs experience in the cave
  • Mary and Marthas experience at the grave
  • The 2 on the road to Emmaus
  • Pauls experience in prison (2 Tim 4:16-17)

Well they were under the cloud!

But this was a good place to be; God was there.

 

  1. Fed

spiritual meat

In what sense was the food ‘spiritual’?

Was it not in essence physical?

Did it not get eaten and digested and did it not satisfy their hunger? (Deut 8:16).

The manna was physical in nature / in substance

But then bread does not by nature fall from the sky!

The manna was spiritual in source / origin (Psalm 78:23-25).

The spiritual character of the manns is seen in its origin

Maybe we can accept that God can provide:

  • Spiritual supplies by spiritual means
  • Extraordinary substance by extraordinary means

eg:

  • Mount Carmel and fire from heaven
  • The plagues of Egypt
  • The miracles of the Lord

All supernatural provision by supernatural means

But in the manna and the water consider the possibility of:

  • Ordinary provision by extraordinary means

What could be more common or ordinary than water and bread?

Yet the supply was supernatural!

Let us not be afraid to look for this in our own life.

  • 1 Kings 17:12 – just a handful of meal but provided by extraordinary means.
  • Peter and the fish (Matthew 17:27) – just a coin but provided by extraordinary means.

Just because something is ordinary in substance doesn’t mean that it is not extraordinary in its source.

Look for those extraordinary supplies!

And that rock was Christ

In what sense was the Rock Christ?

Surely the rock was a physical rock from which the water flowed (Ex 17:6; Num 20:8)?

Consider that in Numbers 20:8 Moses is invited to; “speak ye unto the rock

speak”: ‘dabar’: occurs 1142 times in the OT

A recurrent pattern is evident in its use; a few examples:

Exo_40:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_1:1 And the LORDH3068 calledH7121 untoH413 Moses,H4872 and spakeH1696 untoH413 him out of the tabernacleH4480 H168 of the congregation,H4150 saying,H559

Lev_1:2 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478

Lev_4:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_4:2 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478 saying,H559

Lev_5:14 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_6:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_6:8 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_6:19 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_6:24 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_6:25 SpeakH1696 untoH413 AaronH175 and toH413 his sons,H1121 saying,H559 ThisH2063 is the lawH8451 of the sin offering:H2403

Lev_7:22 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_7:23 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478 saying,H559 Ye shall eatH398 no mannerH3808 H3605 of fat,H2459 of ox,H7794 or of sheep,H3775 or of goat.H5795

Lev_7:28 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_7:29 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478 saying,H559 He that offerethH7126 (H853) the sacrificeH2077 of his peace offeringsH8002 unto the LORDH3068 shall bringH935 (H853) his oblationH7133 unto the LORDH3068 of the sacrificeH4480 H2077 of his peace offerings.H8002

Lev_8:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_9:3 And untoH413 the childrenH1121 of IsraelH3478 thou shalt speak,H1696 saying,H559 TakeH3947 ye a kidH8163 of the goatsH5795 for a sin offering;H2403 and a calfH5695 and a lamb,H3532 both of the firstH1121 year,H8141 without blemish,H8549 for a burnt offering;H5930

Lev_10:8 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Aaron,H175 saying,H559

Lev_10:11 And that ye may teachH3384 (H853) the childrenH1121 of IsraelH3478 (H853) allH3605 the statutesH2706 whichH834 the LORDH3068 hath spokenH1696 untoH413 them by the handH3027 of Moses.H4872

Lev_10:12 And MosesH4872 spakeH1696 untoH413 Aaron,H175 and untoH413 EleazarH499 and untoH413 Ithamar,H385 his sonsH1121

Lev_10:19 And AaronH175 saidH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872

Lev_11:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 MosesH4872 and toH413 Aaron,H175 sayingH559 untoH413 them,

Lev_11:2 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478 saying,H559 TheseH2063 are the beastsH2416 whichH834 ye shall eatH398 among allH4480 H3605 the beastsH929 thatH834 are onH5921 the earth.H776

Lev_12:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_12:2 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478 saying,H559

Lev_13:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 MosesH4872 and Aaron,H175 saying,H559

Lev_14:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 Moses,H4872 saying,H559

Lev_14:33 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 MosesH4872 and untoH413 Aaron,H175 saying,H559

Lev_15:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 MosesH4872 and toH413 Aaron,H175 saying,H559

Lev_15:2 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478 and sayH559 untoH413 them,

Lev_16:1 And the LORDH3068 spakeH1696 untoH413 MosesH4872 afterH310 the deathH4194 of the twoH8147 sonsH1121 of Aaron,H175 when they offeredH7126 beforeH6440 the LORD,H3068 and died;H4191

 

This Hebrew word ‘dabar‘ on 1141 out of 1142 occasions is always used of speaking to a person; of man speaking to man, of God speaking to man, of man speaking to God.

The only possible exception is here in Numbers 20:8.

I do not think that Numbers 20:8 is such an exception!

Moses and the people of God recognised 2 Rocks:

  • Physical rock – Numbers 20:8
  • Spiritual Rock – Deut 32:4, 15, 18, 33

At times these 2 rocks become close to being intertwinned:
Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?”

(Psa 78:20)

And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.” (Psa 78:35)

So what is 1 Co 10:4 saying?

Not so much that the physical rock but the spiritual Rock is Christ!

He is the God of the nation in the OT!

We have touched upon this issue in the past, whilst looking at Romans chapter 4; ‘how did people get saved B.C?’

We saw that they were saved just the same way they were saved AD!

In Romans chapter 4:

  1. Continuity of the argument of Romans 4 requires it.
  • Abraham – positive justification
  • David – negative justification

Abraham described as the, ‘father of all them that believe’ (Romans 4:11)

That continuity / connection would be fatally traumatised if David and Abraham believed in someone / something else from us.

The argument would break down and I would have no more connection with Abraham or David than with a Buddhist.

  1. Cleansing of Davids sin demands it

Davids atonement / propitiation requires it (Romans 4:6-8)

I know of only 1 biblical means by which God can be both, ‘just and the justifier,’ of the sinner, and that is through Christ (Rom 3:26).

David was living in the benefit / expectation of this.

  1. Covenant promise to Abraham expects it (Romans 4:13ff)

The promises made to a justified Abraham would ultimately be fulfilled in Christ.

Salvation / justification by faith came by faith in a person – faith in Christ.

Christ is the source of SALVATION in the Old and New Testaments.

We found Him in the OT:

  • Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo in the fiery furnace with one like the Son of God
  • Abraham rejoiced to see my day and was glad” (John 8:56)
  • Elijah and Moses on Mount of Transfiguration
  • Job 19:25
  • Zech 12:10
  • Psalm 110 – Christ pre-eminence and Christs pre-existence as Davids Lord

Christ is not only the:

  • SOURCE of Salvation

but as the Rock:

  • SUSTAINER of Salvation

Why present this truth to the Cornthians, that Christ is the Rock that followed the Israelites in the wilderness?

that Rock was Christ” becomes the high point / pinnacle of this section!

It is downhill after this!

In other words the crescendo is built up from:

  • Led
  • Fed
  • Dead

To: Christ the Rock

We are saved and sanctified and separated in order that we might draw from Christ!

Saved to enjoy Christ.

Saved for relationship and resemblance.

They were not living in the enjoyment of this – see 1 Corinthians chps 5,6 & 8.

Instead of the badges and externals of Christian experience here is the point/purpose/expectation of Christian experience.

Not only the expectation of Christian experience but herein lies the explanation of what went wrong; ie. They were not drawing from Christ, they were not satisfied with Christ; they were instead, ‘lusting after evil things,’ (v6).

All of their failures were in essence a displacement of Christ.

Led, Fed and Dead – 1 Corinthians chp 10

 

Just added, a new message in our series on 1 Corinthians:

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 2 – Led Fed and Dead – JS Gillespie – 19052015

 

Outline notes from this message:

 

3 features of those ancient Israelites are presented in the opening verses of chapter 10:

  1. Led (10:1)
  2. Fed (10:3-4)
  3. Dead (10:2)

How does this fit into 1 Corinthians?

On the surface it is a chapter about the Israelites, that ancient people of the books of Moses, in particular of their experience in the books of Exodus and Numbers.

What does this have to do with Corinth?

We don’t need to Wonder for too long the purpose of recounting this events – we are told in 1Co 10:6; “these things were our examples..” : ‘tupos‘ : type, something caused by strokes or blows

The purpose of that type is given; “we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.”

It is a type of spiritual failure.

But not only that, not only the WHAT of spiritual failure; “we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted” and the 4 X failure in verses 7 to 10

But also:

The WHY of spiritual failure; why their failure was so great and so significant.

What is an evil thing?

Anything contrary to Christ.

What are the connections between the experiences of the Corinthians and the Israelites?

For a parallel / parable to be drawn there must be points of similarity / connections that can be made.

In both circumstances there was:

  • The enjoyment of collective / communal blessing

but:

  • The experience of individual rejection and failure

The apostle will draw a contrast between the:

  • all” – verses 1,2,3 & 4
  • many” – verse 5

Both Israel and the Corinthians took refuge in the experience and blessing of communal experiences and activities.

Collectively they were:

 

  1. Led (verse 1)
  2. Fed (verses 3 to 4)
  3. Dead – Baptised

They took great comfort and solace in being part of a church where something was happening.

They drew great reassurance from their blessings of:

  • Baptism
  • Communion
  • Ministry
  • Word from the Lord

Like Israel however in Exodus and Numbers they thought that they could live / lead a double life.

They though that they could have the best of both worlds.

They thought that they could:

  • Run with the hares and hunt with the hounds
  • Best of both worlds
  • Take refuge in the blessings of the Spirit (10:1-5) but all the time pursue the lusts of the flesh (10:6)

They seemed to have placed great weight on the fact that they were:

  • Baptised (10:2)
  • Broke bread / took communion (10:3-5; 10:16ff)

Yet they continued in the old life and pursued the old lusts

Did that not get them the best of both worlds?

No it short changed them for both

They hadn’t gained both

They lost both!

Points of parallel:

  1. Assumptions that they made – that you could have the best of both worlds.
  2. Blessings they enjoyed: Led, Fed and Dead.
  3. Confusion of external blessing and internal reality

The distinction between what is given to me and what I am.

They reasoned that because they were:

  • Baptised
  • Breaking bread
  • Enjoying God speak

That all was well, that they had the Christian thing in the bag, done and dusted.

  1. Deceptions that robbed them

A 4 fold deception

It may just have seemed a bit of fun to them, a victimless crime but each deception would rob them of each of their blessings in Christ:

  • v7 – of being Led by Christ
  • v8 – of being Dead to Sin
  • v9 – of being Fed from heaven
  • v10 – of being identified with Moses

The blessings they enjoyed:

  1. Led
  2. Fed
  3. Dead

They were:

  1. Led:

under the cloud” (v1)

Under the cloud – that surely is a bad place to be?

  1. It was for the old world that perished under the flood – clouds of Destruction / judgement
  2. It was the Egyptian army pursuing the people of Israel (Ex 14:20-25) – clouds of Death
  3. It was at Sinai (Exodus 24:15,16; Deut 4:11) – clouds of Dread.

Yet for the believer the cloud is:

  1. The Place of Gods Promises (Gen 9:13,14,16) – the first mention of the cloud in the scriptures, and in it is a rainbow of Divine promises
  2. The Place of Gods Provision in Guidance (Exodus 13:21; 14:19-24; Ex 40:36-37; Ps 78:14; Ps 99:7) – God goes before them in the cloud by day
  3. The Place of Gods Presence (Exodus 16:10; 19:9; 24:16; 33:9; 34:5; 40:34,35; Lev 16:2; Num 11:25; Deut 31:15; 1 Kings 8:11; Neh 9:12) – In the cloud the, “Glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud”

The people of Israel are in a sense “under the cloud”

It is so often “under the cloud” that we find the PRESENCE of the Lord!

  • Jonathan Aitken 1999 – 18 months for perjury, yet in those experiences he wrote:

Pride and Perjury an Autobiography

Psalms for People under Pressure

Prayers for People under Pressure

  • Elijahs experience in the cave
  • Mary and Marthas experience at the grave
  • Disciples experience in the boat?
  • Pauls experience in prison (2 Tim 4:16-17)

Well they were under the cloud!

But this was a good place to be; God was there.

  1. Fed
  2. Dead

all baptised through the sea

At first sight it appeared to the nation of Israel that the Red Sea would be the very means of the death of the people of God

They could only sea a watery “grave” looming ahead; “And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?(Exo 14:11)

The Red Sea of course was a picture of death:

  • Potentially the death of the nation of Israel
  • Actually the death of the Egyptians
  • Spiritually a division / separation from the old life

What they feared as the means of their DEATH

Actually became the means of their DELIVERANCE

What they feared would DESTROY them actually DELIVERED them!

The waters of the Red Sea provided the very medium of their baptism

As they looked in dread at the Red Sea and saw themselves trapped, what they actually were looking at was the largest baptismal tank in history.

This is not simply teaching that God would see them through their problems / Red Sea but this is to say that God would use those problems and trials and adversities as part of His purpose for their good.

This was not the first and would not be the last time that God would so operate:

  • Jacobs flight from Esau (Genesis 27:41ff) – would be Gods means for bringing Jacob into contact with Rachael and Leah and thus founding the nation of Israel, not just that God would be with Jacob (Gen 28:15ff).
  • Josephs slavery in Egypt – not just that the Lord was with him in his trial, not even that God would deliver him from prison, but way bigger than that; the Lord would use that trial to save the nation of Israel from starvation and death!
  • Daniel in the lions den, not just that God would preserve Daniel in the Den but God would prosper Daniel by the Den; removing all opposition and ultimately promoting His Glory through all nations; Daniel 6:25ff.
  • That God would not simply preserve His people in persecution (Acts 8:1ff) but that by their scattering He would propser His people in that persecution (Acts 8:4ff).

We cannot reliably predict outcome from circumstances.

We are a rubbish judge of circumstances.

 

1 Corinthians Chapters 10 to 13

mp3 recordings of messages preached from 1 Corinthians chapters 10 to 13

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 – Led Fed and Dead – J Stewart Gillespie – 28062015

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 2 – Led Fed and Dead – JS Gillespie – 19052015

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1 Corinthians Chp 10 – Led Fed and Dead – J Stewart Gillespie – 08032015

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 3 to 5 – 1141 Reasons not to Talk to a Rock – JS Gillespie – 26052015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 7 to 10 – In the Shadow of Sinai – JS Gillespie – 02062015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 verse 13 – Have You Trials and Temptations – J Stewart Gillespie – 30062015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 16 – The Cup of Blessing – J Stewart Gillespie – 28072015

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 18 to 33 – Survival Skills for a Christless City – JS Gillespie – 11082015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 – Freedom and How to Handle it – J Stewart Gillespie – 18082015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 – Gathering Together and Building Up – J Stewart Gillespie – 25083015

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1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 31 – Making a Cheese Baguette to the Glory of God – J Stewart Gillespie – 08092015

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 1 to 3 – One Body under Christ Indivisible – J Stewart Gillespie – 15092015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 1 to 6 – Headship and Headcoverings – J Stewart Gillespie – 21092015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 7 to 16 – Glory Glory Glory – J Stewart Gillespie

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 17 to 34 – Take Eat this is My Body – J Stewart Gillespie – 27102015.mp3

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1 Corinthians chp 11 vs 17 to 34 – This do in Remembrance of me – JS Gillespie – 03112015

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 1 to 11 – Knowing the Presence of God – JS Gillespie – 24112015

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1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 4 to 11 – How to be Sure Really Sure that God Exists – JS Gillespie – 01122015

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 9 – to another faith…- JS Gillespie

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1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 9 – To Another the Gifts of Healing – JS Gillespie

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The Body of Christ – J Stewart Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 1 to 3 – When Love is Absent – J S Gillespie – 19012015

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 to 7 – Attributes of Love – When God Moves in the Heart of Man – JS Gillespie – 26012016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 – Love – When God Possesses the Heart of Man – JS Gillespie – 02022016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 – Love does not Vaunt Itself

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 4 to 7 – Two Shoulders One Heart and a Love that Bears all Things – JS Gillespie – 01032016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 8 to 13 – Preparing for Perfection – JS Gillespie – 22032016

 

1 Corinthians chp 13 vs 11 – When I was a Child – J Stewart Gillespie – 20032016

 
 

Impossible Lives – Unspeakable Sins :
Messages brought by J Stewart Gillespie, at the October 2015 Family Week at Faskally House Pitlochry:

 

1 Corinthians chp 5 – Unspeakable Sins – J Stewart Gillespie – 12102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 1 to 6 – Unbelievable Provision – J Stewart Gillespie – 13102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 6 to 16 – Inexcusable Failure – J Stewart Gillespie – 14102015.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 to 33 – Impossible Decisions – J Stewart Gillespie – 15102015.mp3

 

messages on 1 Corinthians chps 10 to 13 outwith this series:

DeVille Andrew – 1 Corinthians Chp11 Headship + Headcoverings – 16102001

 

DeVille Andrew – 1 Corinthians Chp12 Ye are body of Christ – 30102001

 

William Park – 1Corinthians chapter 13 – Love – 04122001

 

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