1 Corinthians 10:14-15
Why, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.…
Let us look upon the text —
I. AS PRESUMING A CAPACITY IN MAN FOR THE EXERCISE OF JUDGMENT IN MATTERS CONCERNING HIS MORAL AND SPIRITUAL INTEREST. The text presumes —
1. A natural capacity for judgment (Romans 2:14, etc.).
2. A cultivated capacity; a mind that has passed under the hands of the cultivators of mental soil. A cultivated mind sees God in a thousand things which the less-informed cannot comprehend. Its charms are thrown into the writings of Paul.
3. A spiritual capacity (1 Corinthians 1:2; Romans 8:5).
II. AS SUGGESTING THE SUBJECTS ON WHICH TO EXERCISE THIS JUDGMENT. "Judge ye what I say."
1. The Jews in their rebellions and judgments are ensamples to us (ver. 11).
2. We must guard against light thoughts of sin, and presumptuous confidence in God's grace (ver. 12).
3. Divine support in temptation (ver. 13).
4. That we merge all minor difficulties that stand in the way of Christian usefulness or communion (vers. 27-33).
III. AS URGING INVESTIGATION AS A MATTER OF IMMEDIATE IMPORTANCE. "I speak as to wise men, judge ye what I say." And this in order —
1. To the purity of the Church.
2. Its prosperity.
3. Its unity.
Parallel VersesKJV: Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.