The Corinthians had been concerned about idolatry and conscience. One specific issue involved foods, whether they were acceptable to eat in lieu of Jewish customs.
Paul declares all foods a blessing from God as he himself praises God almighty for all the earth’s abundance. The apostle invites believers to do the same as we give thanks without concern for our own conscience.
“23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)
Referring to food, Paul establishes all things are permitted though not all foods are acceptable. Anything unhealthy should not be consumed since such foods do not nourish our bodies, which are temples through which we worship God, but instead non-edifying food leads us to sin, away from our creator.
“24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.” (1 Corinthians 10:24)
Calling on believers to abide by the Law of Christ, which is based on love, Paul invites Christians to look out for each other assuming responsibilities assigned to each member of the church.
“25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.” (1 Corinthians 10:25-26)
Drawing a line between the Law of Moses and that of Christ, Paul clears believers’ conscience by declaring all meats clean and acceptable to eat. Keeping in mind our bodies are temples given onto us by God as vessels of worship, such meats should be consumed in moderation.
“27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake.” (1 Corinthians 10:27)
The apostle continues his exhortation through an example by which a believer would be exposed to food otherwise deemed unacceptable according to the Law of Moses imposed upon the Jews, to which those in Christ had been delivered from.
“28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.” (1 Corinthians 10:28)
Paul calls on believers to refrain from eating food that would offend based on pagan or Jewish sacrifice. With full knowledge that all foods are permitted by God, Christians should be aware not all men are blessed with this knowledge. We should act accordingly when invited to share a meal as part of our mission to advance the gospel and fulfill God’s perfect plan for our lives.
“29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? 30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?” (1 Corinthians 10:29-30)
Paul clarifies that it is others’ conscience we need concern ourselves with rather than our own since we know all foods are clean. By eating food meant for idols we would impact others’ conscience negatively and fail our mission as disciples of Jesus Christ.
“31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Corinthians 10:31-33)
All believers should refrain from offending anyone through our choice of food. Paul calls on Christians to give thanks for the outpouring of God’s blessings in our lives as we walk the narrow path that leads to eternal life. We must use discernment when faced with situations involving food and sacrifice to idols as we advance the gospel and plant seeds of salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre