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1: Now concerning the next question you proposed. All
of us have knowledge - A gentle reproof of their self - conceit.
Knowledge without love always puffeth up. Love alone edifies
- Builds us up in holiness.
2: If any man think he knoweth any thing - Aright, unless
so far he is taught by God. He knoweth nothing yet as he
ought to know - Seeing there is no true knowledge without
3: He is known - That is, approved, by him.(Ps 1:6).
4: We know that an idol is nothing - A mere nominal god,
having no divinity, virtue, or power.
5: For though there be that are called gods - By the
heathens both celestial, (as they style them,) terrestrial,
and infernal deities.
6: Yet to us - Christians. There is but one God - This is
exclusive, not of the One Lord, as if he were an inferior
deity; but only of the idols to which the One God is opposed.
From whom are all things - By creation, providence, and grace.
And we for him - The end of all we are, have, and do. And one
Lord - Equally the object of divine worship. By whom are all
things - Created, sustained, and governed. And we by him - Have
access to the Father, and all spiritual blessings.
7: Some eat, with consciousness of the idol - That is,
fancying it is something, and that it makes the meat unlawful
to be eaten. And their conscience, being weak - Not rightly
informed. Is defiled - contracts guilt by doing it.
8: But meat commendeth us not to God - Neither by eating,
nor by refraining from it. Eating and not eating are in
themselves things merely indifferent.
10: For if any one see thee who hast knowledge - Whom he
believes to have more knowledge than himself, and who really
hast this knowledge, that an idol is nothing - sitting down to an
entertainment in an idol temple. The heathens frequently made
entertainments in their temples, on what hath been sacrificed
to their idols. Will not the conscience of him that is weak
- Scrupulous. Be encouraged - By thy example. To eat - Though
with a doubting conscience.
11: And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother
perish, for whom Christ died? - And for whom thou wilt not lose
a meal's meat, so far from dying for him! We see, Christ died
even for them that perish.
12: Ye sin against Christ - Whose members they are.
13: If meat - Of any kind. Who will follow this example?
What preacher or private Christian will abstain from any thing
lawful in itself, when it offends a weak brother?