1 Corinthians 10:4


And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4)

The word "spiritual" is typically interpreted to mean "not real".

I interpret this passage as follows...

Typology requires six ingredients...

  1. An Old Testament image (the type).
  2. A New Testament image (the anti-type) to which the type refers.
  3. A commonality between type and anti-type.
  4. A prophetic intent.
  5. The type provides additional meaning to the anti-type.
  6. The anti-type explains what was really going on with the type (which was often misunderstood or only partially understood by the people of Old Testament times).

My alternate framework to explain verses considered as types...

And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; (1 Corinthians 10:2)

And did all eat the same spiritual meat; (1 Corinthians 10:3)

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4)

An analysis of 1 Corinthians 10:2-4 using this framework...