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Judging Another Man's Liberty (20 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 10:23-33
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
1. The main issue in the last part of this chapter had to do with meat that had been offered to idols. There was the concern by some believers that Christians should not eat the meat because it had been offered to a false deity. Paul is saying that there is really nothing inherently wrong with the meat itself--it's okay to eat it; however, if the unsaved and even the weaker Christian questioned it, then he would refrain from eating (vv. 23, 32).
2. Let me give you three points:
I. Defining Our Liberty
II. Maintaining Our Conscience
III. Judging Our Motive
I. DEFINING OUR LIBERTY
A. An explanation
1. When Jesus died on the cross not only did He nail our sins to the cross, but He also nailed the Old Testament Law to the cross: Col. 2:14, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross."
2. We are no longer under a system of "do's" and "don'ts." That's why Paul said in Col. 2:16, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days."
3. We have been made free from the curse of the Law. Galatians 3:10, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them."
B. A Caution
1. We've all heard it said, "Our liberty is not a license to do what we want." Just because we have been made free from the Law does not mean we can live any way we choose. Galatians 5:13, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh."
a. Paul said in (vs. 23), "All things are lawful for me; but all things are not expedient."
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