1st Corinthians 6:12-13 (12 of 28) by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 6:12-13 (12 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

1st Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

1st Corinthians 12:7
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

In both of these passages, the word expedient is the same Greek word that is used in 1st Corinthians 12:7, for profit. Paul says, all things may be permitted, but all things are not the highest good.

If you study all three of these passages, in context and all verses related to the passages, you will find that the highest good is when one gives up his or her liberties for the sake of another brother or sister. That is the main thought of the Greek word that is used for expedient in these two passages; the highest good is in view towards others, not self. This section of scripture has much more than addressing any issue of abuses of Christian liberties. The main thrust of these verses argues against sexual immorality and for the glorifying of God in the Christian's body. This, my beloved, is the ultimate in Christian liberties; glorifying God in the Christian's body. Our actions should always be geared towards that great and glorious freedom!

Every action we contemplate should be tested by two questions: "Is it beneficial?" and "Will it overpower and enslave me and so have a detrimental effect on the church and my testimony for Christ?" Some may argue that if we read this at face value then Paul is saying that fornication is permitted or lawful as long as one is not brought under the power of it. Well, obviously that's not what Paul is saying at all, especially in light of what he just wrote in verses 9-11. Paul is answering those who believed that they were perm ...


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