The Danger of Disqualification
1 Corinthians 10:1-14
Jerry A Collins
Ø What does it mean to be disqualified for service?
of negative example was
Ø How can I expect a way of escape from temptation?
of the first cars I owned was a 1960 belaire. It was
so full of rust that you could not wash it because the body would deteriorate.
We had a 1963 chevy sitting in our driveway for a
number of years. My dad had hoped to put some money into it and get it running
again. So my grandfather and I towed this car to his house and took the engine
out of the belaire into the chevy.
I can still remember the afternoon we got the engine running in the chevy. I was so anxious to give it a test run. My
grandfather left for his afternoon shift at Chrysler and I just could not
resist taking the car for a drive to my friends house
a couple of miles away. While he was at work I took off and sure enough my
friend was impressed with what we had done. I began to drive back home when a
policeman passing me immediately put on his brakes and turned around. I noticed
this and turned off the main road onto the dirt road leading to my grandfathers house. Sure enough the policemen followed and
pulled me over. When he approached he asked for drivers
license, registration, insurance. I only had license. He asked what I was doing
and then began a Q&A about my car. Where is the hood? Where were the
headlights? Turn of your turning signals. Wiper blades.
Put foot on brake. Honk the horn. Nothing worked. We had not gotten that far
yet. Just the engine running. Returning from his car
he explained he could give me 25 different tickets. But considering my
situation he would only call for a tow truck to take my car to the house. My
grandmother was waiting and saw us pull into driveway and she was crying
thinking either I had an accident or I was going to jail. Now my newly found
freedom had been misused. I had overextended was reckless and unrestrained and
paid the consequences. The Corinthians were misusing
their new-found freedom in Christ too. They had a problem with overconfidence,
arrogance and pride. It led to divide into competing groups, to exceed what was
written in scripture, to tolerate immorality, and to take believers to court.
Unfortunately, there is a vivid example of this they are confronted with.
1. DON’T EQUATE CLOSENESS TO GOD WITH USEFULNESS TO GOD 1-5
The word ‘for’ refers back to the disqualification for service mentioned in . ‘Not being ignorant’ refers partly as reminder and partly new teaching. ‘Fathers’ refers to Abe and all spiritual descendents of him up to that point. Here are 4 advantages these had when leaving Egyptian bondage.
(1) Spiritual guidance were all under the cloud. During Exodus when cloud moved they moved. God’s presence in the cloud and nation secure as long as remained under it. It would go, they would pack and go. It would stop they would unpack and stop. “Next time it stops I m not going to unpack” so then it stops for a month. Then finally decide to unpack when cloud moves again. If cloud goes in circles so will you. Theu it God may lead you in opposite direction from promised land. You don’t want to follow his leadership your faced with decision. Do you want freedom to do what you want or do you want he security of God’s presence? Cannot have both. Jesus said so!
(2) Miraclous deliverance all
passed thru the sea. God does not promise you that the authority He will
place over your life will be good. Sometimes he puts you under the authority of
rash people who are capricious in their behavior. When they are unreasonable,
don’t resist it but remember you are a servant of Christ and let the Lord fight
for you. Tho he has place this authority over you He
will not allow him to harm you.
Spiritual identification all were
baptized into Moses. Moses was called by the Lord to lead
(4) Supernatural provision all ate same spiritual food. Spiritual in sense that bread and drink was not provided by natural means but from heaven. God provided physical food thru spiritual means. So provisions were of a divine source rather than natural one. The word ‘rock’ was of a massive bedrock not just a large boulder. It is upon this rock that the church would be established and built-that is Jesus Christ. And Christ was also provider in wilderness. NB Yet this proximity to God did not automatically produce success 5. Just the opposite. All but 2 were disciplined, disqualified, died in desert. Laid low means spread over so corpses of Israelites literally strewn all over the wilderness. Judas was close to Jesus but disqualified. Don’t mistake attending services, youth group, devotions, xain family insulates you from uselessness to God. You have to take responsibility.
2. WATCH OUT FOR THE SIN THAT DISQUALIFIES YOU FROM BEING USEFUL TO GOD 6-10
are some examples f the kind of sin that renders us
useless to God and destined for discipline by Him. (1) Craving evil things 6.
They craved for pleasures of
Being idolaters 7. Hardly out of
(4) Questioning God 9. Some presumed to question God’s
plan and purpose on way to