I Corinthians 8
I Corinthians 8:1-3
- Paul starts by talking about love. Compare Romans 14:15. Love should be the guiding force behind our behavior.
I Corinthians 8:4-6
- Pagan sacrifices at that time often resulted in a good amount of leftover meat that was still fit for consumption. Paul points out that these idols were nothing, so it was not inherently sinful to eat the meat.
I Corinthians 8:7-9
- See I Corinthians 12:2; I Thessalonians 1:9.
- Regarding conscience, see Acts 23:1; 26:9. Paul did wrong with a clean conscience. Paul had a strong conscience at the time, but was weak in knowledge.
- I Corinthians 8:8 – See I Corinthians 10:25; 7:19. The meat was not an issue of sin, just like circumcision under the New Covenant.
I Corinthians 8:10-12
- I Corinthians 10:10 – See I Corinthians 10:19. The meat is fine, but avoid idol worship.
- I Corinthians 10:12 – See Romans 14:14. If you think you are sinning in your heart, you are!
I Corinthians 8:13
- It’s better to forego liberties than to cause a brother to stumble.
- Love is the common theme throughout this book.