1 Corinthians 8 Outline
– Knowledge makes you proud but love edifies (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)
– An idol is nothing and there is only one God (1 Corinthians 8:4-6)
– Eating food sacrificed to idol is not sin if you regard the idol as nothing (1 Corinthians 8:7-8)
– Don’t eat food sacrificed to idol if it makes a brother in Christ fall (1 Corinthians 8:9-13)
1 Corinthians 8 Bible Study
In 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, knowledge makes you proud. It makes you want to boast, look down and criticize other people. But when you have love, you see things in a different way. Love edifies and it makes everything better eventually. The most important principle of the bible is to love others as much as you love your ownselves (Matthew 22:34-40).
In 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, an idol is nothing because it is just a statue, a man made object that has no life. There is only one God. God exists in 3 forms including the Father God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. The Father God is the creator of all things. Jesus Christ is our Lord and intercessor. He is the mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5). The Holy Spirit is sent by God as a promise to the Lord Jesus Christ to become our helper and comforter (John 14:26).
In 1 Corinthians 8:7-8, the food become defiled if one eat it based on the conscience that it is offered to the idol. But if one eat it with the knowledge that the idol is nothing, then the food is not defiled. Whether eat or not eat food offered to idol when knowing idol is nothing, it does not make you more spiritual.
In 1 Corinthians 8:9-13, it is best that we abstain from food offered to idols because a weak brother may stumble and fall if he see you eating at the temple. If what you do cause someone else to fall, you are sinning against God.