Explanation; 1 VCorinthians 8, 7-13

28th July 2020

1 Corinthians chapter 8 verses 7-13

Having looked at Paul’s view of God

 

“7 However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. 9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 11 For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. 12  And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.” 1 Corinthians 8:7-13 NASB

 

Quotations from 1 Corinthians NASB

“7 However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

My Explanation

For the mature Believer, they know that the idols are no gods.  For some however, they haven’t come to this point of view.

8 But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. For the more mature, food is food and that is what it is.  Nothing more, nothing less.
9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. This knowlege if not tempered with love for the brother, sister can cause problems (stumbling block)
10 For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? So a younger believer sees you eating this meat… It could have a detremental effect on his faith somehow.

 

11 For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. Remember Christ died for the weaker brother/ sister as much as for you.
12  And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Not showing love to the weaker bother/ sister through your actions is a sin.
13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.” 1 Corinthians 8:7-13 NASB

 

Paul says there are grounds for becoming a vegetarian.

 

As we said earlier; Knowledge needs to be tempered with love. Knowlege on its own puffs up and makes one arrogent.

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