DINING WITH DEMONS
I Corinthians 10:14-11:1
Dr. Jerry Vines
There are two very important relationships which every
believer has. We have a relationship with the Lord and we have a
relationship with other people. The vertical relationship we are to
love the Lord God with all of our heart. The horizontal relationship
we are to love our neighbor as ourself. Jesus, in the Scripture I
preached on this morning, said that those two relationships summarize
all of the law of God. So, as God's child we have a relationship with
the Lord. As God's child we have a relationship and a responsibility
with other people. In these particular chapters - 8, 9 and 10, Paul is
discussing the subject of how to tell right from wrong. He is coming
to the climax of this matter and is going to show us that in matters of
right and wrong we always keep in mind -- how will it affect my
relationship with the Lord and how will it affect my relationship with
other people. If it will hinder my relationship with the Lord, then I
ought not to do it. If it will hinder my relationship with people and
cause me not to be an effective witness to them, then I ought not to do
it. These two relationships will give you a great sense of destiny and
a great sense of destination in how to decide what is right or wrong.
In verses 31 and 33 Paul wraps up this whole subject as he
shows us the relationship to God and to others. In verse 31 he says,
"whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Everything I do in my
life either enhances or hinders my relationship to God. So, everything
I do ought to be done to the glory of God. In verse 33 he says, "even
as I please all men in all things, not seeking my profit, but the
profit of many." I am to do everything I do not only for the glory of
God, but I am also to do it for the good of other people.
I want us to just divide these verses around these two
main themes. What I do must be for the glory of God and what I do must
be for the good ...
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