1 Corinthians 8:1-2

Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.

1 Corinthians 8:1-3
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.
If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.
But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

  1. What does knowledge do, and what does love do?
    1 Corinthians 7:1
    Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”
  2. What is more important than knowledge?
    1 Corinthians 7:2-3
    But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
    The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.

1 Corinthians 8:4-6

Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idolisnothing in the world, and thatthere isno other God but one.

1 Corinthians 8:4-6
Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.”
For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

  1. What is an idol in the world, and how many God's are there?
    1 Corinthians 7:4
    For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
  2. Even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, who is our God and what has He made?
    1 Corinthians 7:5-6
    Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
    Now as a concession, not a command, I say this.

1 Corinthians 8:7-8

However,there isnot in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eatitas a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

1 Corinthians 8:7-8
However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.

  1. What do some not have, and how are they defiled?
    1 Corinthians 7:7
    I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.
  2. What does not condemn us to God?
    1 Corinthians 7:8
    To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am.

1 Corinthians 8:9-13

But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

1 Corinthians 8:9-13
But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?
And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.
Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

  1. Why should we beware?
    1 Corinthians 7:9
    But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
  2. If anyone sees you eating in an idol's temple, why can happen?
    1 Corinthians 7:10
    To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband
  3. How can this be sin against our brother?
    1 Corinthians 7:11
    (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.
  4. When we sin against our brother and wound their weak conscience, who are we sinning against?
    1 Corinthians 7:12
    To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.
  5. What should we do to avoid stumbling a brother?
    1 Corinthians 7:13
    If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.