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
One of the key issues Paul deals with in the letter of 1 Corinthians is the need for unity within the body of Christ. Christians cannot be divided if we hope to reach the world with the gospel. Our Lord prayed for unity among believers in John 17, so that the world would know that he was sent by the Father. When the church is divided, not only is it sinful, but it robs us of our effectiveness in reaching the world with the gospel of Christ.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest news that has ever been heard. It is central to the life of a Christian, and must be our focus in all that we do. Paul appreciated how the Philippian church was involved in the spreading of the gospel, and he gives instruction to live as those who have been called by the gospel.
What a blessing for God’s people to know that He cares for us. Jesus assures us of God’s care in the Sermon on the Mount, and throughout Scripture there are multiple examples of God looking after his people.
No matter where he was in his life, Paul was always one who demonstrated a willingness to do the will of God (even when he was mistaken about what God’s will really was). Paul is a great example of us to always strive, in everything we do, to do what we know to be right.