Saturday, September 22, 2007

Lying with the Elements

Sinfully, I am often taken off guard by passages in Paul that warn of real, earthly, temporal consequences of sin. For example, what exactly is meant by 1 Cor. 11:30? What exactly is the "sin behind the sin" of wrongly (without judging the body) eating the Lord's Supper? Is it just simply disobedience, which is, of course, sufficient? Those Corinthians who had died and those "weak and ill" folks who had taken the Supper wrongly were obviously being judged by God, but, for the sake of inquiry, what harm are they causing by just eating bread and drinking wine when they're not supposed to? Why did God choose this sin to punish in a special, more direct and temporal way?

I'm going to try to figure this out some, then I'll be back.

1 comment:

jordan said...

Dr. Moore touched on this passage in his special lecture on Sept. 5, "Disposable Communion Sets and Other Signs of the End Times: Preaching the Gospel through the Lord's Supper." Did you go to that? The gist is that "the body" Paul talks about is the body of Christ, the church. The problem was that the Corinthian believers weren't recognizing the unity of those who have been brought together in Christ. The common meal is meant to highlight our togetherness as brothers and sisters, but the Corinthians were greedily pushing themselves forward. At least I think that was the idea. The audio is up on the website under "School Council Lectures" if you're interested. It's pretty good.

Thanks for commenting on my blog, by the way.