1 Cor 10:23ff. Meat offered to idols

1 Cor 10:23ff. Meat offered to idols


You’re listening to Tim Bulkeley’s 5 minute Bible 1 Corinthians chapter 10
Verses 23 and following On meat offered to idols. Here in 1 Cor 10 verses 23ff. Paul’s advice is
fairly clear cut and simple “All things” he says,
“are lawful, but not all things are beneficial. All things are lawful” he reminds them,
“but not all things build up.” iI’s as simple as that. Although all
things are lawful they may not be beneficial. Although all
things ARE lawful they may not be things that build up!
And, in any case, the principle is: “Do not seek your own advantage but
that of others.” Got it? and/therefore let’s apply this, thinks Paul to our test case of meat offered to
idols What this means is that of course you can
eat meat that’s sold in the meat market even though it may have been offered to idols before it was sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience because the earth and everything in it
is God’s and equally if an unbeliever invites you
to a meal and you are disposed to go eat whatever is set before you without
raising any question on the grounds of conscience again, everything belongs to God on the other hand, if someone says to you: ‘this has been
offered in sacrifice’ then of course you mustn’t eat it. Why not? Well, not for your conscience’s sake but for
their conscience’ sake not because the meat will do anything to
you after all everything belongs to God, the
earth is God’s and everything in it but because they, thinking that idols have some sort of reality might believe falsely that you share that idea. So for the sake of their conscience, not your own you shouldn’t eat but Paul’s interlocutors
go on to object why should my liberty be subject to the
judgment of someone else’s conscience? after all if I partake, giving thanks why should I be denounced because of
what I’m doing? Well, silly, it’s because although all things are
lawful not all things are beneficial, you should
act for the sake of the other person, and not
your own sake It’s simple as that! and that’s Paul’s principle So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do
do everything for the glory of God give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or
to the Church of God just as I try to please everyone
in everything that I do, not seeking my own advantage but that of many so that they may be saved. Then he goes on to explain that in this they should copy him. Paul’s principle is clear cut: don’t seek your own advantage but that of others. How might we apply that today? let’s take the rather amusing test case
of a bunch of American Baptist women who
are visiting a bunch of German Baptist women and who were shocked because the German wonen were drinking beer and wine with their meals. Terrible! Of course, the German women were also shocked, the American women had on so much makeup they look like whores! Terrible! It is quite clear how both sets of women ought to respond. The American should go easy on the makeup while they are visiting, so as not to offend
the Germans and the German women should perhaps choose not to drink beer or wine while the Americans are there so as not to offend them. All things are lawful but not all things are
beneficial. All things are lawful but not all things build up. Don’t seek your own advantage
but that of others. You may not be offered meat that’s been offered to idols, but you
will find occasions where something which is lawful isn’t beneficial, I can assure you! God bless

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