All Things

1Corinthians 10:23-26 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. 

‘All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.’ All things will always refer to that which God created which never included anything that is under the curse, which is sinful or defiling. All edible foods are lawful, but all are not profitable and edifying to others, so I will not partake of them lest others stumble and be lost (10:23-33; 8:4-13; Rom. 14-15; Col. 2:14-17; 1Tim. 4:1-16). Today we cannot just eat anything edible without considering their quality and wholesomeness, for junk food although edible is most definitely junk to the body and thus not at all expedient or for edification.

‘Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.’ Let no man seek to gratify his own appetites at the expense of another soul.

‘Shambles’ [Greek: makellon] the slaughterhouse; market. ‘Asking no question for conscience sake.’ Do not ask questions as to whether anything was offered in sacrifice to idols (10:25-28; 8:7-13). Do not act as Jews do, torturing themselves and others with questions. Was it offered to idols? Who killed it? Was it strangled or was it properly bled?

‘Conscience sake’ [Greek: suneidesis] conviction or being conscious of a custom. Some had done this all their lives and still regarded sacrifices to idols as real acts of worship, not having true knowledge that idols were nothing. For such to take part in eating meat offered to an idol was to defile the conscience.

‘For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.’ All creatures on earth are the Lord’s and nothing is impure or unholy in itself, if used for the correct purpose it was created for; some for food and others for scavenging (Gen. 7:2; Lev. 11). All food must be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth (1Tim. 4:1-8; Rom. 14:14, 17, 20; Tit. 1:15). The only problem is that of causing others to stumble (8:4-13; 10:23-33; Rom. 14:1-15:3).

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