Last week, we saw that the Corinthians had permitted their actual practice of the Supper to become a way of reinforcing divisions in the Body of Christ. For this, many of them were weak and sickly, and some of them were killed. This week I’m offering you a similar warning, not about the practice of the Supper, but about our understanding of what is happening in the Supper.
God requires us to believe His word, and sanctified imagination is absolutely necessary to faith. But there are temptations here that we must avoid. When you allow your imagination to carry you so far that in doctrine or in practice, you are contradicting Scripture, you have gone too far. Even if you don’t do that, if you allow your particular way of imagining the thing to become a point of contention so that the argument divides the body, you have sinned.
There is a parallel temptation in the other direction: the temptation to say “It’s all a mystery” and then ignore the things the Scripture does say. You must subject yourself to the discipline of the Scripture; you must believe what it says, not cultivate a sort of devotional ignorance.
And so the charge is this: Submit to the Scripture. All of it, straight up the middle, with no fancy footwork. Whatever the Bible teaches you to believe and do, make it a part of you. Let your sanctified imagination roam free on the mountains of the Bible—but stay within the limits that the Bible prescribes for you. Sanctified imagination is only sanctified so long as it is obedient.