Flee from Idolatry

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? — 1 Corinthians 10:14-22.

Paul calls upon the Corinthians to evaluate carefully exactly what they participate in when taking the Lord’s Supper. Their communion is in Christ, whose body was broken and blood was shed. Such evaluation should cause them to reject out of hand anything to do with idolatry, demon worship, immorality, paganism, or that which provokes God to jealousy. We are too weak to resist, and should claim His strength to resist the devil. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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