- 1 Corinthians 7:39-8:13
- I Corinthians 7:39 – People have different views on what “only in the Lord” means.
- Some argue that this phrase means “only a Christian.” This interpretation does not seem to match up with Paul’s previous guidance about being married to an unbelieving husband.
- See Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:18 for other places where this phrase is used. Here the phrase could simply mean, “according to God’s will.” In those verses, the obedience is in the Lord. In this passage, the marriage is in the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 8:1 – If “all” here means the majority of the audience that knew meat offered to idols not sinful to eat, I Corinthians 8:7 is indicating that not everyone had that knowledge. Therefore, they should be careful not to offend others who lack that knowledge. We must be careful to not cause others to violate their conscience by doing something they think is wrong even if it is not a sin.
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