• Speaking Sacramentally Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1–4

    Speaking sacramentally, we refer to the bread as the body of Christ and the wine as His blood in order to proclaim that He is truly present when we sit at His table. Ours is a supernatural faith, and we expect a supernatural meeting with the Lord in the sacrament. We do not chew human flesh and drink human blood at the Lord’s Table, but we show the reality of our faith when we expect Him to strengthen us through the sacrament. View Resource

  • Marcion’s Challenge Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1–6

    Most professing Christians today would not think of altering the biblical text, but there is a widespread, often unspoken belief that the God of the Old Testament became nicer in the New Testament. But the God revealed in both testaments is the same holy and merciful Creator, and we must not think that God somehow changed His character and demands once He sent Christ. God is no more and no less loving or holy today than He was before Jesus came. View Resource

  • Explicit and Implicit Teaching Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1–11

    Cults typically base their doctrine on obscure passages of Scripture and on conclusions they draw from implicit teaching that contradict the explicit teaching of Scripture. We must be careful never to do that. If our belief contradicts an explicit teaching of Scripture, we can be sure that we are believing something in error. View Resource

  • Explicit Vs. Implicit Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1–11

    Sometimes we downplay the importance of narratives for determining doctrine because they are generally less explicit than other portions of Scripture. Numbers 23:19, however, shows us that even narratives contain didactic statements. As you read biblical narratives, look out for those portions that are explicitly didactic. View Resource

  • For Our Instruction Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1-12

    What is your attitude toward the Old Testament? Do you treasure it as the very Word of the living God? Do you avoid reading it because you find its stories and laws perplexing at times? Are you hungry to learn about what it teaches so that you can better understand the fulfillment of God’s plan in Christ Jesus? Take some time to pray today that the Spirit would give you insight into the Old Testament as we embark on our study this year. View Resource

  • Those Who Fall Away Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:12–13

    If you know someone who is a professing believer but who is in sin, there are two things you should do. Pray for that person to repent of his sin as David did before Nathan. You might even need to be the one to confront him. Second, hold your judgment as to his state in Christ. We are not given assurance of salvation for others. View Resource

  • The Sixth Petition Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:13

    Today’s study is based on question and answer 127 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which reminds us that the world, the flesh, and the Devil “never stop attacking us.” Until we are glorified, there is no point at which we can lay down our arms, no point at which our Enemy establishes a truce that he will honor. Therefore, we must keep in mind our absolute dependence on God for resisting temptation, and we are wise to pray for His deliverance from evil in all things. View Resource

  • The Presence of Christ Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:14–22

    The Lord’s presence in the Lord’s Supper is not easy to conceptualize, but we do affirm that He is truly present every time we take the sacrament with other believers. It behooves us to remind ourselves of this fact and realize that the sacrament is not an afterthought, it is a means of grace that conveys to the faithful the benefits we need to progress in holiness. As you take the Supper, consider the presence of Christ and the way He meets all our needs. View Resource

  • Means of Grace Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:16

    The sacraments are mysteries in that we cannot explain fully what God accomplishes through them. We do know, however, that they are more than memorial observations. They become effectual means of grace to those with faith by the working of the Holy Spirit (WLC , Q. 161). To downplay their importance is to desupernaturalize our holy religion, so let us have a high view of the sacraments as confirming signs of God’s Word. View Resource

  • The Whole Christ Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:16–17

    Question and answer 168 of the Westminster Larger Catechism expand upon the benefits we receive by the Spirit in the Lord’s Supper. We are enabled to renew our thankfulness to God for all that He has done for us. We are knitted together with one another more closely in love and fellowship. Our union with the risen Savior is also strengthened, and we thereby become more aware of His grace and recognize more and more that we rely upon Him in life and in death. View Resource

  • Eating and Drinking Judgment Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:19–22

    In ourselves, we are all unworthy to approach the throne of grace because of our sin. To say we are worthy of taking the Lord’s Supper is not to deny this fundamental reality; rather, it is to embrace it. For those worthy of taking part in the sacrament are those who have confessed their unworthiness before God, repented of their sin, and trusted in Christ alone for salvation. As we do this, we may come to His table for grace and strength. View Resource

  • Shades of Gray Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:31

    Though the Spirit grants us new life in Christ, this does not mean we immediately overcome our ignorance of God’s ways. Instead, the Spirit works through Scripture, illuminating it as we read and hear it so that we might learn what the Lord requires of us in every instance. The only way we can grow in our ability to discern what pleases God is to meditate on His Word, for its commands are the basic building blocks of Christian ethics. View Resource

  • Principle or Custom? Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    When we and most of our tradition has been uncertain about whether a particular command is a principle or custom, then it is wise for us as individuals to treat it as a principle. We should not, however, bind the consciences of others who think the same command is only a custom when there has been much dispute over it. May we be faithful and honest to our own consciences but not look down on others who may honestly disagree. View Resource

  • Principle or Custom? Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    Sometimes, after we have studied the background of a text thoroughly, we are still not sure whether it is giving us a principle or a custom. But it is better to treat a custom as a principle than a principle as a custom. If we think a custom is a principle, we are only guilty of being overtly scrupulous. However, in disregarding what is really a principle because we say it is a custom, we disobey God. When faced with unclarity, treat the biblical teaching as if it is a principle. View Resource

  • Self-Examination and the Sacrament Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:17–32

    Self-examination of one’s soul before partaking of the Lord’s Supper involves determining whether or not one is a Christian. We are to consider whether we are trusting in Christ alone for salvation, and we are to repent for the unbelief that remains in our hearts. We are to repent of our sin and seek reconciliation with others wherever possible. As we do these things, casting ourselves on Jesus Christ, we are welcome at the Lord’s Table. View Resource