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Offline clark thompson

1 Cor 8
« on: March 06, 2017, 10:15:57 AM »
1 Corinthians 8:1 King James Version (KJV)
8 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

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1 Corinthians 8:1 Now concerning sacrifices to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

These are my thoughts.
We should act in love with using our knowledge and not use knowledge without love.


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Re: 1 Cor 8
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 11:49:13 AM »
This isn't a verse that can be taken out of context.

The Council of Jerusalem had asked Gentile Christians to abstain from 'idol-food' (Acts 15:22-29). But it seems that many in Corinth were ignoring this instruction - simply because 'untainted' meat was unobtainable. The main marketplace was surrounded by pagan temples, and virtually all the meat sold there (and eaten either at public functions or in private homes) would originally have been part of a sacrifice to some idol or other. Could a believer eat such meat, or not?

Instead of laying down the law, Paul invites them to reflect on the implications of what they are saying and doing. They all 'know' that idols are not real - but the thoughtless application of that piece of 'knowledge' could cause untold damage to the church.

Things that are 'puffed up' (like balloons) look impressive but don't last. But things that are 'built up' endure. In the long run, love achieves more than knowledge.
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Re: 1 Cor 8
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2017, 12:04:27 PM »
1 Corinthians 8:1 King James Version (KJV)
8 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

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1 Corinthians 8:1 Now concerning sacrifices to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

These are my thoughts.
We should act in love with using our knowledge and not use knowledge without love.

'Now as touching things offered unto idols,
we know that we all have knowledge.
Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.'

(1 Cor. 8:1) 

Hello Clark,

Idolatry is a reality in this day and age, as it was in the day in which the epistle to the Corinthians was written; it is not just a thing of the past.  We know and acknowledge, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, that, 'there is no God but one' (v.4), and we worship Him alone.  The god's worshipped by other religions have no real existence, the power they appear to exercise is demonic, and deceptive. 

Yet, though the believers of Corinth had knowledge of the One, True and Living God, and of the evil source and deceitful nature of the idolatry that surrounded them, from which many of them had been set free; yet they were asked by Paul to exercise that knowledge, and administer it with love, taking into account the infirmity of the flesh and the frailty of the faith of so many among their number. 

From my youth there are superstitions which I still find hard to lay aside, for example I am very careful how I deal with knives when washing up, not because of their sharpness but because I had been told when a child that to cross them was to bring disharmony and discord.  These Corinthians also had those among them who had ingrained superstitions which needed to be handled with care and those who held them, gently taught the futility of exercising them, with love. 

Having worshiped idols for so long the fear engendered by them was still very real in the lives of many, although they had been set free to worship The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Old habits died hard, and they needed the loving administration of the knowledge of God the Father, in Christ, and not the harsh, 'pointing-of-the-finger', and rebuke that Knowledge (especially religious knowledge) by itself, can bring.

Thank you, Clark.
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Re: 1 Cor 8
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2017, 02:55:20 PM »
1 Corinthians 8:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

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1 Corinthians 8:2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.


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We cant truly claim anything because it is all the Lord?s.
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Re: 1 Cor 8
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 04:47:14 PM »
"He that knows most, best understands his own ignorance." (Matthew Henry)
Knowledge without love leads to different factions within a church, each trumpeting their own opinion on an issue and insisting that everyone else toe their line. Our knowledge is partial and incomplete - but fortunately we do not have to be 'right' about everything in order to have a relationship with God!
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Re: 1 Cor 8
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2017, 09:50:33 AM »
1 Corinthians 8:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.


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1 Corinthians 8:3
8:3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.

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If we live by our love for the Lord, He will know it.
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Re: 1 Cor 8
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 10:04:50 AM »
1 Corinthians 8:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

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1 Corinthians 8:3
8:3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.

These are my thoughts.
If we live by our love for the Lord, He will know it.

Thank you, Clark,

How wonderful it is to know, that we, 'in Christ', are known of God!

Praise His Holy Name!

In Christ Jesus
Our risen and glorified,
Saviour, Lord and Head

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Re: 1 Cor 8
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 10:17:45 AM »
It's not 'the man who knows God loves God' or 'the man who knows God is loved by God'.
But "Whoever loves God is known by God." (NIV)

A relationship with God begins with love, and true knowledge grows out of love.
"God has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace." (II Timothy 1:9)