“I do not want you to be unaware or ignorant” – 1 Corinthians 10:1
Do not grumble – 1 Corinthians 10:10.
I have a responsibility for godly discipline because there is also the very real possibility of disqualification. The life of Israel proves that God wants me to grasp the teaching and application of Israel’s history to my corporate and individual life.
God does not want me to be living in a state of ignorance of the truth of Scripture because biblical truth is fundamental to my spiritual health and running a good race.
It is sad that because of my own sinfulness and the many deceptions of Satan, I dangerously tend to become ignorant and forgetting of God’s truth.
God wants me to daily learn from and respond to the truth of Word of God.
“today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts as in the provocation …”
I am Greatly Privileged.
The little adjective “all” is repeated five times in these verses.
Just look at this.
All together—the educated, the uneducated, the poor, the rich, the weak, the strong—all of them experienced the same supernatural blessings of God.
This means that each one had the same opportunity and capacity to count for God to the maximum regardless of background.
Now, what did they experience?
Supernatural Direction and Protection
From the very beginning, I have enjoyed the guidance of God. All throughout my journey, I have experienced God’s guidance and His protection. I had been under the shelter of my Almighty Father.
As a believer:
- I have in Christ the promise of God’s guidance and direction by the Scriptures and by the Spirit of God.
- Being in Christ, I am hidden and protected in God, my Savior Colossi-ans 3:3.
- In Him I am a super-conqueror (Rom. 8:32-32).
- In Him I am accepted and I have access in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).
“and all passed through the sea”
I have been a completed, finished experience.
I had been boxed in and from my perspective death was certain. There was nothing I could do in my power to be saved. I faced the Red Sea in front of me, had the armies of Pharaoh behind me, and the wilderness on either side.
Yet God worked supernaturally: He parted the Red Sea, delivered me and destroyed Pharaoh’s armies.
When it was all over I stood on the other side, delivered from the bondage by the power and grace of God.
So today, men without Christ stand helpless, the bondslaves of sin and facing certain death.
Yet, God has worked supernaturally through the person and work of His Son to provide a once-and-for-all salvation, a complete and perfect deliverance from the penalty and power of sin. As believers in Jesus Christ, Christians are a delivered people, a people who have passed out of death into life (see also Deut. 6:23; 1:30f).
I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life, and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life – John 5:24.
and all were baptized into Moses…vs. 2
The word “baptized” signifies the truth of “identification.” It’s important to note here that the only people who got wet were the Egyptians. Though the fundamental idea of the Greek verb, baptizw, is “to dip, immerse, plunge or to place into,” the outworking of this metaphorically is that of identification. The word was used of a dyer of cloth who would dip a piece of cloth into the dye to change its color. It would go into the dye one color, like white, and come out another. In the process the identification of the cloth was changed from white to a blue or red piece of cloth.
By their obedience to Moses’ commands, and belief in what God was doing, they became identified with the leadership of Moses and united together as the people of God under Moses, God’s spokesman, and so also identified with God’s deliverance.
So likewise today, when a person trusts in the Lord Jesus, they become united into Him by the baptizing, identifying work of the Spirit, and to one another in the body of Christ. In this position in Christ all believers share all that Christ is—His righteousness, His Sonship, inheritance, death, resurrection, ascension, and session, etc., and we become members of one another with responsibilities to each other in that relationship.
“and all ate the same spiritual food” (vs. 3)
This, of course, was the manna which God provided daily to sustain His people. So likewise, Christians have the Lord Jesus, the ‘Bread’ from heaven who sustains our life and upon whom we are to daily feed by living in the Word and by abiding in Him: counting on Him as our source of life.
“and all drank the same spiritual drink” (vs. 4)
My rock who is Jesus Christ, actually followed me, sustained and met my needs in the wilderness, day after day. As a believer, Jesus Christ has given me the water of the Word and the refreshing water of the ministry of the Holy Spirit which sustains and ministers to me, which causes me to walk by the Spirit and drink from the fountains of the Word.
Two ordinances of the Church that portray spiritual facts and truth:
- Baptism which portrays Spirit baptism
- The Lord’s supper which portrays faith in the person of Jesus Christ and our need to continue to live by His life.
I received these by faith and by responsible Christian living. But I need to always remember that these are privileges and blessings in Jesus Christ, but they do not mean that I am already under the magical protection of God by which I may, in self-dependent rebellion, simply go my own way, thinking that I have it made because of my blessings.
I need to always remember the reality of the danger that I could be disqualified.
My privileges never guaranty success. I must be responsible to discipline my life and to stay close to God.
1 Charles R. Swindoll, Strengthening Your Grip, Word: Waco Texas, 1982, pp. 57-58 quoting Pitirim Sorokin, The American Sex Revolution, Porter Sargent, Boston, 1956, p. 19
2 John T. Watkins, “The Rational-Emotive dynamics of impulsive Disorders” in Albert Ellis and Russel Greiger, Handbook of Rational-Emotive Therapy , Springer, New York, 1977, p. 135.