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Liberty is for serving others, not yourself
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
How does Christian liberty relate to the glory of God?
Published June 14th, 2018
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Main point summary
Whatever you do, do so for the glory of God by seeking the edification and the salvation of everyone and lawfully pleasing them toward this goal.
1 Corinteni 10:23-11:1
m “All things are lawful ,”
but not all things are helpful .
“All things are lawful ,”
but not all things build up .
n Let no one seek his own good ,
but [ seek ] the good of his neighbor .
o Eat whatever is sold in the meat market
without raising any question on the ground of conscience .
For p “the earth is the Lord’s,
and [so it is ] the fullness thereof.”
If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner
and you are disposed to go,
q [ then ] eat whatever is set before you
without raising any question on the ground of conscience .
But if someone says to you,
“This has been offered in sacrifice ,”
then do not eat it,
for the sake of the one who informed you,
and [ do not eat ] for the sake of conscience —
I do not mean r your conscience ,
but [I mean ] his.
For s why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience ?
If I partake with thankfulness,
[ then ] why am I denounced because of that t for which I give thanks ?
So , whether you eat
or drink ,
or u whatever you do ,
do all to the glory of God .
v Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to w the church of God ,
just as x I try to please everyone in everything I do,
y not seeking my own advantage ,
but [ seeking ] that of many ,
[ so ] that they may be saved .
z Be imitators of me,
as I am of Christ.
1 Cor 8:1-11:1 Take into consideration the previous verses and the context.
See Rom 14:16; 1 Cor 9:19; 1 Tim 4:1-6
Helpful to spiritual growth and towards keeping peace between brothers 1 Cor 6:12, 12:7; 2 Cor 8:10; Rom 14:15-19
What is this good in Paul's mind? Minister grace, builds up in faith and seeks the salvation of unbelievers by not putting any unnecessary obstacle in their way to Christ? 1 Cor 13:5, 14:12;
build up 1 Cor 8:1-10 ... Rom 14:19; 15:1-2; Eph 4:29
all things are lawful 1 Cor 6:12; 8:9; Rom 14:15, 20
seek his own 1 Cor 10:33 1 Cor 13:5 ( love ) Rom 14:15 Philippians 2:4-13
offence = "please everyone in everything" Acts 24:16 1 Cor 8:9 2 Cor 6:3 Rom 14:13-23 = "is led by your example to do that which he cannot do with a good conscience or, rather, without the confidence that he is doing right" ISBE See Notes for details.
sold 1 Cor 10:30 Rom 14:14 1 Tim 4:4
Ps 24:1
unbelievers 1 Cor 5:9-11 Titus 1:15
believer with a weak conscience ( John MacArthur and John Calvin )
Why? 1 Cor 8:9-13 Rom 14:15
who eats as to an idol 1 Cor 8:7
1 Tim 4:3
glory of God joyfully ( Deut 12:7, 12, 18 ) thankfully ( Col 3:17 ) heartily ( Col 3:23 )
Everything that would embolden another to do that which would be wrong for him, or that would turn anyone away from the faith, must be carefully avoided, seeking to please, not ourselves, but to care for our brother, "for whom Christ died," ( ISBE )
Gal 5:13 1 Cor 9:22
Unbelieving Jews and Greeks and believing brothers.
judged Rom 14:13-23
Study notes
In a nutshell All of life is for making God look glorious as he really is. So do this in all your relationships seeking the edification and the salvation of those people by pleasing them as long as you are sure you are pleasing God in pleasing them. As a Christian, you are free in God's sight to joyfully, heartily and thankfully enjoy everything he created, but make sure you always use this freedom to serve other people, not to please yourself, just as Christ did and as Paul did following him. What does this imply for our relationships to weak brothers and unbelievers When it comes to brothers weak in faith, do not give any occasion for someone to bring reproach to God and his Word because of your selfish usage of your freedom regarding insignificant matters like food, drink, days and the like. But have an eye to God's glory having a disposition to rather let go of your right for the benefit of your weak brother so that he might not be offended. Actually this is love, which does not seek its own, so in doing this you are loving your brother for God's glory. When it comes to unbelievers, live in such a way among them that they would have no occasion to slander God or his Word because of your unloving behavior toward them. Have a mind to pleasing God in all that is lawful and in matters which are neither good nor bad in themselves, please also the unbeliever with a desire to pave their way toward salvation in doing this. How to please all people without displeasing God in doing so? Keeping the offense of the cross ( Gal 5:11 ) Do nothing contrary to what God revealed as being pleasing in his sight ( 1 Pe 2:16; Gal 1:10 ) Seek their edification and salvation ( Rom 15:1-2; 1 Cor 10:23, 33 ) In step with the truth of the Gospel ( Gal 2:11-14; Titus 1:10-16 ) Pursue peace and mutual up-building ( Rom 14:15-19 ) Don't despise nor judge the brothers who have a different opinion than yours in insignificant matters ( Rom 14:1-4 ) No offense to Jews Paul circumcised Timothy because of the weak Jews brothers ( Acts 16:1-3; 1 Cor 7:19 ) But he didn't circumcised Titus because of the false brothers who wanted to slander the Gospel ( Gal 2:3 ) Attended the Synagogue and preached Christ ( Acts 17:1-3 ) He cut his hair because he had taken a vow after the Law ( Acts 18:18-19 ) No obedience to the tradition of the Jewish elders ( Mark 7:5 ) Jesus did not keep the Sabbath in the way the Jews interpreted it ( John 9:16 ) Submit to rules regarding food and drink, festivals, new moon or Sabbath - human teachings ( Col 2:16-23 ) No offense to Greeks Keep the name of God and his teaching beyond reproach in all aspects of life. ( 1 Tim 6:1 ) Give no one an occasion to say something evil about the name and word of God because of you. ( Tit 2:5 ) Be submissive to authorities; gentle and courteous; not after quarrel or speaking evil of someone. ( Tit 3:1-5 ) No offense to the church of God Take heed lest you make your weak brother to stumble in using your liberty. ( Rom 14:21-22 ) Use your knowledge to serve other brothers, this is your obligation toward them. ( Gal 5:13; Rom 15:1 )
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