Thursday, June 1, 2017
Chapters of Study: 1 Corinthians 8-9
A central topic from our studies of Chapters 8 and 9 was: Don’t think you know more than you do! Paul began by discussing the notion of “foods” sacrificed to idol gods, which may involve the beliefs of others that bring to question their faith in our one true God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. The subject of politics, for example, was raised as a sensitive one that could bring about more conflict than love between believers, thus would be advisable to avoid altogether.
Paul moved on to discuss his rights as an apostle, and his election to forgo anything that would hinder the message of the Gospel, trusting that the Lord would ultimately provide for all his needs. We contemplated the application of his teaching to our own lives, recognizing missed opportunities to share the Gospel with others, or purchasing material goods unnecessarily.
He concluded by encouraging the Corinthians to ‘become all things to all people,’ in hopes of saving some, whether of differing religions, social statuses, or otherwise. We recognized, however, that the believer should do so with care, so as not to adopt those lifestyles.
1.Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. – 1 Corinthians 8:1
12.But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall. – 1 Corinthians 8:12-13
14.In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. – 1 Corinthians 9:14
22.To the weak, I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23I do it for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. – 1 Corinthians 9:22-23