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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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.