1 Corinthians

Opposite

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Most of the Corinthian believers were the opposite of what Paul here admonished.  They were extremely experienced in evil, but greatly lacking in wisdom.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 14:20. 

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No less

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Paul’s answer to the pride of the more visibly gifted was to engage his analogy again and remind them that the more fragile and less lovely, in fact, ugly parts of the body which are not publicly “presentable” (v.24) are given the greater respect for their necessity.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 12:22-24.

Fellowship

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God tolerates no competition and will not allow idolatry to go unpunished, (Deut. 32:21; Jer. 25:6,9; Rev. 21:8).  Idols and the things sacrificed to them have no spiritual nature or power in themselves (1 Corin. 8:4,8), but they do represent the demonic.  If pagan worshipers believe an idol was a god, demons act out the part of the imagined god (2 Thess. 2:9-11).  There is not a true god in the idol, but there is a satanic spiritual force (Deut. 32:17, Psalm 106:37).

“Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons”, 1 Corin. 10:20.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 10:19,20,22.

Evil company

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By word or example, evil friends are a corrupting influence.  Hope in the resurrection is sanctifying; it leads to godly living, not corruption.  Some in the church did not know God and were a corrupting influence, but not for those who hoped for life in God’s presence (see John 3:2,3).

Commentary from the MacArthur study bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 15:33,34.