Posted: April 1, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
chapter of I Corinthians 8 is before us for study this week. It is
based upon the principle of liberty and what a Christian should or
should not do. In Paul’s day, meat was offered to idols of the pagan
gods. Since these gods didn’t exist, the meat was never touched. The
meat left over after the pagan god worship was sold in the public market
place. The strong Christian had no problem eating this meat. (Verses
5-6) The weaker Christian who was saved out of this pagan worship found
it a stumbling block to eat this meat. (Verse 7)
middle of this chapter is a verse of focus for us when we are prone to
base the strength of our beliefs on our standards of dos and don’ts.
The text of verse 6 says, “But to us there is but one God, the
Father, of whom are all things, and
we in Him; and one
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things and we by Him.” Remember,
our Lord is not impressed by our do, do, do, but His done. Our God
looks not on the outward appearance but the inward heart. He is
extremely interested in His being in us and us being in Him.
begins by saying, ‘…there is but one God,. This is the central theme of
Judaism as well as Christianity. Deuteronomy 6:4 says, “Hear, O
Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD”. There is not multiple gods,
but there is but one God. He is called in our text, ‘the Father’.
This term refers to Him not as the first person in the Trinity, but
it is a term of a Father to his children. The text also says, ‘of
whom are all things,’. The Father is the creator of all things.
no contradiction in the text when we are given the name Lord Jesus
Christ and are told this about Him, ‘…by whom are all things’.
John tells us, “In the beginning was the word and the word was with
God and the word was God. All things were made by Him and without Him
was not anything made that was made”. (John 1:1&3) The Father and
Son are one. Jesus told Phillip, ‘if ye have seen me, ye have seen
the Father’. This text also says that we are ‘by Him’. This
is an extension to all things being created by Him. This is the
indication not of our earthly, but eternal birth. Our redemption and
eternal birth is through the Lord (eternal title) Jesus (earthly title
of death) Christ (prophetical anointed title of promise).
focus is a Big God and a little man outward things will seem minor in
the scheme of life. The laws we will adhere to are not the laws of
religion but a higher law, and that the Law of Christ. When our focus
is upward and not outward much of our dos and don’ts may not change but
they will lose their overbearing emphasis. Let us not tread on the
convictions of others, especially those of the weaker brethren. We do
not want to be the weaker brother’s excuse for stumbling. On the other
hand, let us not impose our convictions on others. Let us remember, God
must enlighten and convict of things right or wrong. Paul said in
Ephesians 1:18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened:
that ye may know”. Psalm 19:8 says, “…the commandment of the
Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” We see from verse 6 of our
study, He is well up for the job of enlightenment and needs no help from
Caldwell, in recent days, as well as St. Augustine in the year 300 A.D.,
when asked about convictions and standards said, “Love God with all
your heart and then do as you please."