We are in the midst of a series called You Are Not Your Own from 1 Corinthians 8-10. These three chapters, though broken into chapters, constitutes one teaching about how we work and have fellowship with each other. Chapter 8 opened with certain Corinthian Christians declaring that they have knowledge, know that idols have no real existence, and there is no God but one (8:1,4). Therefore, they argued they could go into idol’s temple and participate in the sacrifices and eating of meat that happens in that temple (8:10). Paul has three arguments as to why they are wrong in how they are using their knowledge. First, in chapter 8 Paul declared that you are causing other people to sin and fall away from the faith. The first principle is that we would never use our knowledge to cause another person to commit sin. The second argument against the Corinthians is in chapter 9 where Paul taught that just because we have rights does not mean we exercise our rights. We submit our freedoms and rights for the sake of the gospel. We must become all things to all people so that by all means we might save some. In fact, not submitting our rights for the sake of the gospel and for the faith of others is how we disqualify ourselves from obtaining the prize. The third argument the apostle Paul makes is in chapter 10 which we will now consider in this lesson.
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