THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITHFULNESS I Cor. 10:1-13
- Faith is a fruit
of the Spirit Gal. 5:22.
- This means we can have faith!
- Definition of Faith in the Greek;
- It is word (pistis) - means, a firm
persuasion or trust.
- Relationship between Faith and
Faithfulness. Faith is the act. Faithfulness is result.
- Heb 10:23 - let
us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that
- Deut. 7:9-10 - Know
therefore that Jehovah thy God, he is God, the faithful God, who keepeth covenant and
lovingkindness with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand
generations, and repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not
be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
- In English: God is
faithful to those who are faithful.
- We have many types of
this relationship: Marriage, Parent/Child are two.
- A Lack of Faith and
Faithfulness results in disaster.
- A Story of Faith
Pete had become lost
in the desert and had been chasing mirages. He thought to himself, I'll follow
this last one. It was a deserted town with a well in the very center. His mouth
parched from the intense heat, he ran to the well with his last ounce of energy.
He vigorously pumped the handle only to
find that no water came forth. Then, he looked up to a note nailed to the post. It
instructed its readers to "look behind the rock where a five-gallon container of
water will be found" and warned against drinking or using it for anything besides
priming the pump. Every ounce was needed, and not even a drop could be spared, the note
"After pouring the water down the
pump, pump the handle vigorously and all the water you desire will come forth," the
note said. One last instruction was to please fill the water can and place it behind the
rock for the next weary soul who might happen to come along.
- The individual
before Pete was faithful. - Jesus
- Pete had to have
Faith to pour out all the water. Mt. 5:3
- Pete had to be
Faithful for the gift to continue to be given. Mk.
- The lesson of
faithfulness is badly needed in the church today.
- Many obey the call of the Gospel, but fewer
- Encouragement to be faithful - Matt. 10:22; Rev. 2:10; II Tim. 4:7-8.
- Danger in being unfaithful Duet. 7:9-10 (above) and Mal. 2:1-2
- And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will
not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith Jehovah of hosts, then will I send
the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have cursed them already,
because ye do not lay it to heart.
- The Text of the
lesson I Cor. 10:1-13
the KJV and the orginal greek text "Moreover" introduces this chapter and connects 9:27 with 10:1-13. Paul mentioned importance of faithfulness and
the pitfall of not being faithful.
- Text looks at the lack
of Faithfulness of Israel.
- Blessings for
Physical Israel Then and Spiritual Israel Now - I Cor. 10:1-4
abundantly blessed the Physical children of Israel.
- Exodus 14:30,31
God delivered Israel out of Egyptian bondage from cruel taskmasters.
- John 9:28 God
had permitted them to be baptized into Moses at the Red Sea.
- It was an honor to be disciples of Moses .
- God had given them food and drink in their
- Exodus 16:14-15 - The
supernatural food was manna.
- Exodus 17; Num. 20.
Water was brought forth miraculously.
- Exodus 13:21, Ex.
16:9-10 - God had led by the cloud of his presence to the promised land.
- God has delivered us
from the bondage of sin - Rom.
6:17,18; Col. 1:13.
- God has permitted us to be baptized into
Christ - Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3,4.
- He has spiritually
sustained us by Jesus who is the Bread of Life
- John. 6:48
He that believeth on me hath everlasting life, I am that bread of life
- John 4:7-26
Jesus provides Living water. (Woman at Well)
- God is leading us by His word to
the heavenly Canaan and eternal blessings.
blessings of Israel were but a type of the greater blessings which we enjoy in Christ.
- Faithfulness of
the Physical Israel Then and the Spiritual Israel Now - I
Blessed by God, The Physical Israel showed a lack of faithfulness.
Cor. 10:6 Committed Sin of Lust for things back in Bondage
- Example - Numbers 11:4-35. Remember the story of the people of Israel
tiring of manna, and desired meat and longed for Egypt. (See verses
4-6 and 18-20)
- God was highly displeased and punished them
with a great plague.
Cor. 10:7 - Committed Sin of Idolatry
- Example - Exodus 32.
Remember how that the people of Israel while Moses was on the Mt. under the leadership of
Aaron built a golden calf and worshipped it.
- God was very displeased and 3,000
men were killed. Ex. 32:28.
Cor. 10:8 - Committed Sin of
- Numbers 25:1-9. Remember when the people of Israel
committed adultery with the women of Moab and the idolatry which followed.
- God's righteous anger caused
24,000 to be killed by a plague. (23+1000 killed by judges)
- I Cor.
10:9 - Committed Sin of Tempted (tested) the Lord
- Numbers 21:4-9. Remember when the people of
Israel tried God's patience at Mount Hor regarding their food and drink.
- God, in His
displeasure, sent fiery serpents to bite the people and many of them died.
- I Cor. 10:10 - Committed Sin of Murmuring
- Numbers 14:1-38. Remember the incident of the evil
report of the spies and the people's murmuring against Moses and Aaron.
- God not
pleased, 40 yrs of wandering, all 20 and upward would die. (vs.
- Though Blessed by God,
Spiritual Israel often commits the same sins today.
- We Lust for
Aspects of our past bondage - desire is worldliness. We remember past life.
- Ex. Lies to get things we wanted,
Immoral dress and behaviors, Unacceptable surroundings, Drunkeness, Fornication, Pleasures
- James 4:1-4; II
Tim. 4:10 - Demas; Rom. 12:2.
Do not be conformed to the world
- We engage in Idolatry by putting
other things first - Matt. 6:33.
- Fornication and adultery are too
often found and tolerated in the church - I Cor. 5:1
- Children of God frequently test God
today by being discontent with His dealings with us - I Tim.
6:6-8; Heb. 13:5.
- The sin of murmuring is the
expression of discontent. To grumble and complain is as sinful today as it was then - more
so! "Count your blessings."
- Paul Encourages Against Ignoring the
Example of the Physical Israel. - I Cor. 10:11-13
- Take Heed
against over confidence in regard to our Faithfulness
- What is take
heed? It means listen to the warnings! Physical Israel did
- Do we think we are
more faithful than we really are? What do others think?
- Self-examination is ncessary for our
faithfulness to our duty. - II Cor. 13:5; Heb. 3:12; 4:1.
- It seems
many are resting on: baptism, attendance at 11 A.M. service, satisfaction with the
minimum requirements and think we are bound for the Promised Land. I hope you are right!
- Faithfulness is
possible! Our temptations can be overcome.
- Our temptations
are not any worse than other's - they are "common to
man." Our's may be strong but consider Moses, David, Paul and Christ.
- Temptations are controlled by God.
"He will not let you be tempted beyond our strength."
- God does not tempt us to sin - Jms 1:13, but He does permit Satan to tempt us - Job 1:12.
- Good can come from temptation, Job 23:10. When he has
tried me I shall come forth as Gold.
- Since temptations are never beyond our
strength, we have no excuse for yielding.
- Our temptations always have a way of
- If we really want to escape, God will
provide it in some way. We must have faith and be faithful.
- It is possible and
necessary for Christians to have Faith and be Faithful.
- God Blessed both the
Physical and Spiritual Israel.
- The physical and
Spiritual Israel have both stumbled in sin.
- The Physical
Israel was given as example so we would remain faithful.
- As Spiritual Israel, we can call upon the
forgiveness of our God and return to faithfulness.
- We should be concerned
about being overconfident in our Faithfulness, but know through God we can overcome
- If Christ should come
today, would He find you and me faithful and ready?