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Neither Let Us Tempt Christ
by Wayne Blank
"Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things"
As The Lamb Of God, Jesus Christ "gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father" (Galatians 1:4 KJV), however the principle of that deliverance was established long ago at the time of the first Passover in Egypt when the Israelites were delivered from their bondage to death as slaves. But their deliverance was conditional upon repentance.
"But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted." (1 Corinthians 10:5-6 KJV)
"Neither let us tempt Christ" is a crystal clear warning against "Christian" lawlessness (see the Fact Finder question below).
"Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
God's people are not to take anything for granted when it comes to obedience to God, for "unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." (Luke 12:48 KJV).
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:11-13 KJV)
Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ teach lawlessness?