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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Corinthians Chapter 8 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55 AD)
Overview: Paul Answers Church Questions (c 7-16)
Theme: Instructions on Christian Freedom (c 8-10)
Message: Food and Idols (v 1-13)

1 Corinthians 8 Commentary

(8:1-13) Food Sacrificed to Idols - The discussion regarding whether the Corinthian believers should eat food that had been sacrificed to idols begins here and continues through 11:1. Most likely, this first section deals with meals served in the pagan temples, and the discussion in 10:23–11:1 deals with food purchased in the marketplace and served in private homes. The Corinthians had written to Paul with questions regarding these issues, but their exact questions are unknown. The believers concluded that their knowledge of God and the fact that the idols had no power allowed them to continue to eat meals in the temple. Paul dealt with that issue in this first section.



Dave Burnette's Life Application


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.


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.