In this lesson, we try to lay some ground work that will hopefully help us to grasp lessons for the church today from a difficult passage such as 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, which we plan to examine next week.
When Paul was asked a question about idolatry, he first dealt with it in terms of influence before others (1 Cor. 8-9), but in Chapter 10, he moves to deal specifically with the question of idolatry itself, and why Christians should not be involved in it in any way. While pagan idolatry may not be something we deal with as commonly in the church today, there are some principles we can apply that will help us to “do all to the glory of God.”
It is certainly a good thing to take advantage of the rights and freedoms that we have. However, as Christians, we must also take others into account, and realize that sometimes, it may be better to temporarily surrender our rights for the sake of our brethren. This is the example Paul gave, as he explains in 1 Corinthians 9
1 Corinthians 7 has a lot to say on the subject of marriage. Yet, there is a deeper principle which can be seen as we examine the chapter and apply it to the church in the 21st century.
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Christians must remember that we are not our own, but that we belong to Christ. Since that is the case, we must glorify God in all that we do, and not use the good things that God has created for sin.
Among the many problems that existed in the church in Corinth, they were also taking one another to court over trivial, worldly matters. Paul’s argument is that Christians should settle matters such as this among themselves, because Christians are best qualified to judge in such cases.