I CORINTHIANS 10 - Answer key
 

Observation Part

1. In what ways did the Israelites physically identify with God? (verses 1-4)

a. (verse 1) ALL WERE UNDER THE CLOUD

b. (verse 1) ALL PASSED THROUGH THE SEA

c. (verse 2) ALL WERE BAPTIZED UNTO MOSES

d. (verse 3) ALL DRANK THE SPIRITUAL ROCK

2. According to verse 5 and Hebrews 11:6, what did the Israelites lack? FAITH

3. What verbs in each of the following verses describe the behavior of many Israelites as evidence that they were not saved?

a. (verse 6) LUSTED

b. (verse 7) IDOLATERS

c. (verse 8) COMMIT FORNICATION

d. (verse 9) TEMPT THE LORD

e. (verse 10) MURMUR

4. What value does this ancient history have for us today? (verses 11, 12) IT IS A REAL EXAMPLE OF WHAT GOD DID, SO THAT WE REALIZE HE CAN DO THAT AGAIN AND SO WE CAN TAKE HEED TO OUR SALVATION

5. What comfort does the Christian have in the face of temptation? (verse 13) HE IS NOT TEMPTED ABOVE THAT WHICH HE IS ABLE TO WITHSTAND, FOR HE IS GIVEN THE GRACE TO STAND

6. Why are we not to eat the Lord's supper with blatant unbelievers? (verse 21) WE MUST NOT EAT WITH DEVILS

7. Are we free to do what we want, providing it is lawful according to God's Word? (verse 23) NO

8. What should a Christian do if he is invited to dinner where some food is served that might offend another weaker brother who is present, and if neither the weaker brother nor anyone else present is aware that the food might be a problem? (verse 27) HE IS TO EAT AND NOT ASK QUESTIONS

9. What should a Christian do if he is in the same situation as in question 8, but the weaker brother is told about the food and so the food becomes a problem to him? (verse 28) HE SHOULD NOT EAT IF IT MIGHT OFFEND A WEAKER BROTHER

10 What is the greatest objective in a Christians life? (verse 31) DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD

Objective part


1. The big principle of Chapter 10 is that a person's outward appearance must match his inward spiritual reality. Which two of the following verses express the most important reasons why this principle is so valuable to an individual church member?

a) verse 7

b)* verse 12

c) verse 17

d) verse 23

e) verse 24

f)* verse 31

2. For which two of the following reasons can Paul expect the Corinthians to take heed to the Old Testament examples which he gives in Chapter 10?

a) The Corinthians should use Israel's sins as a guide to help them examine the lives of rebellious sinners in the congregation in order to discipline those members.

b)* The Corinthians can consider themselves as part of one church which includes the Israelites.

c) The Corinthians should be happy and thankful that nothing like this did and would not happen to them.

d)* Israel's sin and God's reaction to their sin was real, and the Corinthians can expect that God will react in a similar way again.

3. Verses 1-4 teach:

a) The Israelites' experience of baptism assures us that they were all saved but many did not obtain the blessings which come from a saved life.

b) The Israelites' experience of going through the sea shows that they were all saved but many fell away because they had too strong of a love for this world.

c)* The Israelites' experience of going through the sea was a picture of a believer's experience of going through hell with Christ. However, the Israelites' physical experience only made them part of the corporate church and many were not really saved.

d) The Israelites' experience of baptism gives us a clue as to the method by which Christians ought to be baptized be water inasmuch as the Israelites went through the sea.

4.    T    F*    Verse 5 teaches that the Israelites who died in the wilderness lost their salvation, just as verse 12 teaches us that we today are in danger of the same thing.

5. Verse 7 teaches that:

a) The Israelites were acting like the heathen people through whose land they passed as they wandered through the wilderness.

b)* The Israelites were outwardly worshiping God in the way prescribed by the Law of Moses, but their worship was counted as worship to an idol.

c) The Israelites were frivolous and enjoying themselves too much when they should have been more sober and considering the spiritual issues of life.

6.    T*    F    Your good standing before God could be a self delusion, so take heed that you have examined your self in light of the Bible to see that you are truly saved.

7.    T    F*    The first emphasis of verse 17 concerns the unity believers have with each other.

8. Verse 23 means:

a) We can do whatever we want because we are covered by grace.

b) Paul was an apostle and a Roman citizen and had more liberty than many of the Corinthians.

c) Paul could deliberately disobey God in small matters if that was necessary in order to help someone else.

d)* The Law of God allows options which a mature Christian can wisely choose, depending upon the situation at hand.

9. Verse 27 tells us to "eat," but verse 28 tells us "eat not."

a) This is an example of situational ethics.

b) This is an example of confusion and contradiction in the Bible.

c)* This is an example of Christian love for a weaker brother.

d) This is an example of the hindrances immature believers put in the lives of mature Christians.

10    T    F*    We can be sure that what we do is glorifying God as long as we pray about it and ask God's blessing before hand.

Short answer

Write an answer to ONE of the following questions or requests. The answer must not be longer than one paragraph.

A. Why does Paul use historical examples in chapter 10? TO SHOW THAT THE OUTWARD IDENTIFICATION WITH THE CHURCH IS NOT ENOUGH AND TO SHOW THAT GOD'S JUDGMENT IS REAL AND CERTAIN

B. How does chapter 10 illustrate the fact that we must be very careful to compare Scripture with Scripture before we can really understand the Bible? What mistaken conclusion can easily be made about the first 12 verses of chapter 10 if we just read them by themselves? FROM THE CHAPTER ALONE, IT APPEARS THAT CERTAIN PHYSICAL EXPERIENCES OR OUTWARD IDENTIFICATION WITH THE CHURCH MAKES A PERSON A CHRISTIAN AND THAT A PERSON CAN LOSE HIS SALVATION

C. What value does the Lord's supper have for the congregation as a whole? IT EDIFIES THE MEMBERS AS IT REMINDS THEM ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE AND VALUE OF THE CROSS. IT ENCOURAGES TRUE FELLOWSHIP SINCE IT HIGHLIGHTS THE MEMBERS' COMMON SALVATION, IT PRESENTS A UNITED WITNESS TO THE WORLD.

D. To what extent should a mature Christian modify his behavior to accommodate a spiritually weak believer? IN ALL THINGS THAT DO NOT CONTRADICT THE BIBLE, HE SHOULD DENY HIMSELF FOR THE SPIRITUAL BENEFIT OF A WEAKER BELIEVER.

Essay

Write an answer to the following question or request. Limit your essay to two pages double spaced typed or neatly hand printed in ink. Support your statements and conclusions with quotes from the Bible and analysis of Chapter 10.

According to chapter 10, what is the difference between a true believer and a person who only outwardly identifies with the Christian church? AN UNBELIEVER WILL NOT BE SATISFIED WITH THE SPIRITUAL GOSPEL OF GOD. AN UNBELIEVER LOVES THIS WORLD AND WILL TRY TO MODIFY THE GOSPEL OF THE BIBLE TO SUIT HIS OWN LUST. A BELIEVER IS SATISFIED WITH, LOVES AND REJOICES IN THE GOSPEL OF GOD. A BELIEVER HAS THE DESIRE AND POWER TO OBEY GOD AND OVERCOME TEMPTATION AND DISTRESS

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