1 Corinthians 10:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 10:11, NIV: These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.

1 Corinthians 10:11, ESV: Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.

1 Corinthians 10:11, 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.

1 Corinthians 10:11, NASB: Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

1 Corinthians 10:11, NLT: These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.

1 Corinthians 10:11, CSB: These things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come.

What does 1 Corinthians 10:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul again declares that Christians, in Corinth and all others, should see the discipline of the Israelites in the desert as an example relevant to their own lives. Each of these stories was recorded for the instruction of modern believers who find themselves at the end of the ages.

Those in Paul's day were the first to whom the mystery of Christ had been revealed. With the fulfillment of Messiah's birth, death, and resurrection, all the stories of the Old Testament locked into place. Those events gave proper context to the Old Testament, clarifying those mysteries in light of the coming of the Messiah. His arrival, death, and resurrection marked the beginning of the "end of the ages."

Instead of making the Old Testament stories irrelevant, the revelation of Christ gave them new meaning. Christians must work to understand how those stories interweave as God's Word, to those of us who now live with the knowledge of Christ. Here, Paul makes clear the stories of God's wrath, poured out on His own people for their sin, should be a warning to us. It is dangerous to take sin lightly. It can be fatal to assume God will not act against us in this life—for our good and the good of others He loves—if we refuse to obey and submit to Him.