The other reference in the New Testament we must look at is 1 Corinthians 10:14-22. In this section, Paul addresses the question as to whether believers should participate in feasts conducted in idol temples and also partaking of the Lord’s Supper. The word “participation or communion” means to have “close association, mutual relations or involvement”.
While the meat offered to an idol in and of itself is nothing (10:19), but the spiritual significance of the bread and cup in the Lord’s Supper pictured a “communion or close association” with Christ for which we must jealously protect. Paul makes it clear, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons” (10:21).
Why do I point to this passage? As Paul was jealous over the spiritual maturity and growth of the Corinthians, we should also be jealous over our relationship with the Lord Jesus. If we find ourselves surrendering our loyalty and affections to any ideology that minimizes or detracts from who Jesus is and our “close association” with Him, we may be in danger of committing idolatry.
This issue is about guarding our heart’s affections for Christ. He is jealous about this! “Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” (10:22). Are you guarding your heart?
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