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Meat: To Eat or Not to Eat? (15 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 8:1-13
October 27, 2004
1. In chapter 6, Paul switches gears from the previous
discussion of marriage, to an entirely different subject, that of eating meat offered to idols. They didn't know whether it was proper to eat the meat or to abstain--"what to do?" Remember that these Corinthian Christians were still babes in Christ. They were still drinking milk and not able to eat the meat of the Word. There was so much they did not know. In (3:2), Paul wrote, "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able."
a. Because that was true, these folks had many
unanswered questions. The Corinthian letters were for the purpose of not only answering their questions, but for the purpose of admonition and corrective teaching...they were an immature group of people who needed the instruction of the Lord, as do we all.
2. Let's put down a brief outline:
I. Concerning Meat
II. Concerning Knowledge
III. Concerning Love
I. CONCERNING MEAT
A. Meat offered to idols
1. Paul made mention that an idol was just that,
only an idol. There is only one true God and one Christ. In (vs. 6), he writes, "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."
2. Practically everywhere you looked in ancient
Corinth meat was being offered to an idol. Men had an idol for every purpose and every season. Idols were in the home, in public meeting places, and in every corner of life. When a person received Christ, he was immediately faced with a decision--to compromise his faith and eat the meat offered to an idol, or abstain from eating the meat and suffer the embarrassment and ridicule from others who were not believers.
a. In a very similar way, we are up against the
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