Monday, March 15, 2010

Christ As God's Wisdom For Exercising Liberty: 1 Corinthians 8

Theme: Christ is God's wisdom...

2. For answering questions (7-16)
      B. About the exercise of liberty (8 - 11:1)
 
Chapter 8 tells strong believers (those who know they are free, in Christ, to do that which the Bible does not forbid) to let love, rather than knowledge, govern the exercise of their liberty.
 
A strong believer knows, for example, that an idol and meat offered to an idol is nothing, and that he is free to eat such meat. A weak believer, if he came from a background of idol worship, may not have this knowledge. His conscience would be defiled if he ate this meat. In such cases, a strong believer should avoid using his knowledge (of liberty)  in such a way as might encourage a weak believer to do something his conscience tells him is wrong. Rather, the strong believer should let love for the weak brother govern his exercise of liberty.

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