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Matthew Henry's Commentary

1 Corinthians Chapter 8 

he danger of having a high conceit of knowledge. (1-6) The mischief of offending weak brethren. (7-13)

Verses 1-6: There is no proof of ignorance more common than conceit of knowledge. Much may be known, when nothing is known to good purpose. And those who think they know any thing, and grow vain thereon, are the least likely to make good use of their knowledge. Satan hurts some as much by tempting them to be proud of mental powers, as others, by alluring to sensuality. Knowledge which puffs up the possessor, and renders him confident, is as dangerous as self-righteous pride, though what he knows may be right. Without holy affections all human knowledge is worthless. The heathens had gods of higher and lower degree; gods many, and lords many; so called, but not such in truth. Christians know better. One God made all, and has power over all. The one God, even the Father, signifies the Godhead as the sole object of all religious worship; and the Lord Jesus Christ denotes the person of Emmanuel, God manifest in the flesh, One with the Father, and with us; the appointed Mediator, and Lord of all; through whom we come to the Father, and through whom the Father sends all blessings to us, by the influence and working of the Holy Spirit. While we refuse all worship to the many who are called gods and lords, and to saints and angels, let us try whether we really come to God by faith in Christ.

Verses 7-13: Eating one kind of food, and abstaining from another, have nothing in them to recommend a person to God. But the apostle cautions against putting a stumbling-block in the way of the weak; lest they be made bold to eat what was offered to the idol, not as common food, but as a sacrifice, and thereby be guilty of idolatry. He who has the Spirit of Christ in him, will love those whom Christ loved so as to die for them. Injuries done to Christians, are done to Christ; but most of all, the entangling them in guilt: wounding their consciences, is wounding him. We should be very tender of doing any thing that may occasion stumbling to others, though it may be innocent in itself. And if we must not endanger other men's souls, how much should we take care not to destroy our own! Let Christians beware of approaching the brink of evil, or the appearance of it, though many do this in public matters, for which perhaps they plead plausibly. Men cannot thus sin against their brethren, without offending Christ, and endangering their own souls.

 

 


David Burnette's Life Application

Tolerance

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of 1st Corinthians with Chapter 8 and in our text we see Paul's Instruction on Christian Freedom as he answers on food that was offered to idols. In making application we see that we should respect other believers as it comes to their maturity in Christ. We are to encourage others and not be a stumbling block. Today many Churches will split on trivial issues that can be resolved with a little tolerance and understanding. I am not talking about compromising the truth of the Bible but rather giving grace to those who the Lord is working on in certain issues. How about you? Are you tolerant to those who have not embraced the truth? Let us learn from our text today and the instructions of Paul to see that we always stand for truth but need to have tolerance on believers who the Lord is conforming into the image of our Lord and Savior, Jesus-Christ.

 

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1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8

 1Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

 2And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

 3But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

 4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

 5For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

 6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

 7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

 8But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

 9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

 10For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

 11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

 12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

 13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.