1 Corinthians 7:27 – Chapter 8 marriage, things offered to idols by Pastor Don Moore
Bible study notes from 5/18/12
We quickly covered the last few verses of 1 Corinthians Chapter 7, because Pastor Don wanted to get into Chapter 8.
1 Corinthians 7:27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
Paul says that if you marry, you have not sinned – But marriage is not for the faint of heart. Paul speaks more about marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:28-40 But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you. But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction. But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let them marry. Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well. So then he who gives her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better. A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. But she is happier if she remains as she is, according to my judgment—and I think I also have the Spirit of God.
Paul realizes time is short, and marriage can be a distraction, still, as he says earlier in the chapter, if one is burning in lust, far better to marry and sin not. If it is possible to be unmarried and totally devoted to ministry that is good. Once one is married there is a concern for the spouse and the family, and that takes away time that is spent on the ministry. Still, marriage is not a sin.
The law is tough to protect the children in the family. Often children whose parents are divorced are a mess.
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
Knowledge can puff up. If we walk in love we will be built up. Walk in love.
The heart of love is to do the least damage. Love edifies and builds up.
1 Corinthians 8:2-3 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
We may have a lot of knowledge and it may be a blessing. But what is even greater is to love God, for then we are known by Him.
1 Corinthians 8:4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
Questions arose about eating foods offered to idols. In the time of Paul, pagan temples had meat offered to gods. This meat was sold cheaply and Christians wondered if they could eat this meat even though it was once offered to idols. Even today people still sacrifice to idols – santeria, hindus, other African/American religions. These idols are not real, they have no power.
We know that these gods are not real and eating the food offered to these “dead” idols is not a big thing. We make many decisions about the kinds of food we eat, such as health food, chemicals, avoiding fried food, etc.
When you eat food you are not certain where it came from or if it might have been offered to idols, it is important to pray over the food. We should always give thanks to God for the food we eat, but it is especially important if we aren’t certain of the source of the food.
In the book of Revelation it is still not a good idea to eat foods sacrificed to idols.
1 Corinthians 8:5-9 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
Here is the crux of the issue. If anyone sees us eating this food from idols and it becomes a stumbling block for the weak, don’t do it. We want to be a blessing. If what we eat can hurt the growth of another believer, it is better to refrain from eating it than to cause someone that is still shaky in their faith to stumble.
An example is if someone holds to Jewish dietary laws and doesn’t eat pork, maybe refrain from ordering bacon. Don’t forget, the dietary laws given by God were for keeping people healthy.
As we read the following passage, remember at the time this occurs Peter is a devout Jew, would only eat Kosher, and would never consider eating with the Gentiles. But God sets things in place to change this.
Acts 10:1-4 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
God receives prayers and memorials from people who are not Jewish or Christian. God gives visions. Today there are many people in the muslim nations that have received visions of Christ. God can reach anyone and help them come into the Kingdom, even in the most ungodly nations. As people seek Him and have a contrite heart, He can reach them. God can even send angels to intervene in their lives.
Acts 10:5-8 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
God sent Cornelius a vision and told him to go to Joppa and see Simon Peter, a tanner. And that Simon Peter will instruct Cornelius. In order for this to happen, God also has to prepare Simon Peter.
Acts 10:9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
Acts 10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance
He FELL into a trance. Fell in Greek means that he bodily keeled over and was in a trance. People feel that this fell is a colloquialism such as he gets under my skin, or fell into a good thing, or fell in love. But this word “fell” in verse 10 is literally fell.
In Chronicles when the Temple was dedicated, the priests were not able to stand up (they fell). When the Holy Ghost comes in power you can’t stand. Some fall down and can’t get off the floor. David fell. In Revelation Paul fell at the feet…
Acts 10:11-14 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
Peter had never eaten any food or meat that wasn’t kosher.
Acts 10:15-16 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.
This vision occurred three times. God wanted Peter to have the right answer. When God doesn’t give us the “right” answer it is because we are asking the wrong question.
If it is the right question, but the wrong time, God will say not now, it’s not the right time.
If we are asking amiss the answer can be no. The wrong question, the wrong way.
God has a plan to deliver you. You have to ask Him how and when. If you’re not getting healed, the problem is you. God’s will is always to bless you. God get’s no glory for you suffering in sickness. When will you get deep enough into His presence that he can manifest?
God’s plan is for you to find a way to humble yourself so you can find a way receive healing from him.
Nahum 1:9 What do you conspire against the LORD? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time.
It shall not come a second time. He wants for us to line up our will with His so we can get healed.
Acts 10:17-20 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate. And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there. While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”
Behold… Notice how God confirms Peter’s vision. Peter is to go with these three men, doubting nothing.
God tells us to not doubt, to get out of our mind.
Acts 10:21-23 Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, “Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?” And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.” Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
Peter was invited to the Gentile’s house. Notice some brethren accompanied him. He did not go by himself.
Acts 10:24-28 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.” And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Peter was going for one purpose, that he should go to the Gentiles per God’s command.
Acts 10:29-33 Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?” So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”
Cornelius sent for Peter so that he can hear what God wanted Peter to speak to them about.
Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
God can save a hindu, a muslim, anybody. He can send people to anyone to give them the Good News.
Fear God and work righteousness. People in the Congo, Saudi Arabia, etc, can come to know God, even if the nation does not permit Christianity.
1 Corinthians 8:10-13 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
Different cultures have different food taboos. Wherever we go, we want to make sure that what we do, what food we eat, how we act doesn’t cause a brother in Christ to stumble. If it means not eating meat, we won’t eat meat. Our goal is to help edify our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We can’t do that if our behavior makes them stumble.
In the United States some of the ways we can make people stumble is by spreading gossip, certain TV shows, wine, gambling, and cultural issues.
When in church we don’t want to dress provocatively if it will pull a brother or sister away from the focus of worshipping God. We need consideration of others. As saved, we know that everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.
Hope this teaching blesses you.