1 Corinthians 8:1-13
In 1 Corinthians 7:1, we see that someone from the church of Corinth had written a letter to Paul describing numerous spiritual and moral troubles in the church at Corinth; Paul’s letter of 1 Corinthians is in response to this letter from the Corinthians, and he gives detailed instructions about these numerous issues. We have already considered Paul’s response regarding blatant immorality in ch. 5, illegitimate lawsuits between Christians in ch. 6, and numerous marital issues, as we saw in ch. 7. Now in chapter 8, Paul addresses, in some sense, an issue that is commonly known as “Christian liberty;” and Paul addresses this issue specifically from the point of view of the dietary habits of the Corinthians.
It is essential to understand that in the greater division of his epistle, ch. 8-10, Paul is not talking about food so much as he is warning against idolatry. So please understand that whatever conclusions we draw today must be held in tension with the greater revelation which we will consider over the next few weeks.