Now concerning things sacrificed to idols… 1 Corinthians 8, 1-3

14th July 2020

​“1 Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. 2  If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; 3 but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him”. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 NASB

So, to understand 1 Corinthians chapter 8 on sacrificial food, verses one and two are the key.   The key part is the second part of verse 2 in which it says;”

we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.”

From my point of view, it is common sense and wise what he says.  Just because a person has a deeper knowledge than another believer, it is wrong to make them stumble in the faith.  In that sense love is very important and yes Paul here uses agape.  We must be careful though because in some context’s agape can have the opposite conclusion such as in Johns Gospel chapter 1; “people loved the darkness.” I quote this from memory, but it is as I say.  So generally speaking, people love God but, in a few cases, people can love the antithesis of God somehow (same word agape).  Both are found in the New Testament and one should always read the context, as the late professor Stanton said to us, “A text out of context is a pretext”

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