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1 Corinthians 10:29-31

To God's Glory

29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience? 30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.


Paul wanted everyone to be clear about his use of the word conscience. The KJV eliminates the conjunction but in the first clause. It should read, "But I say conscience, not that of himself, but that of the other." Thus, he was saying, "Your conscience should be clear, because you know that idols are nothing, but have some regard for the other person's conscience."

"...for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?" This has been understood by some commentators to be an objection, perhaps anticipating the opinions of those to whom he wrote. However, the conjunction for tells us that this is the reason for what Paul had just said. "Why should I place my liberty to eat whatever I want out there for someone else to judge simply because they are weaker in their faith and understanding than I?"

Again, he asks, "If I, by the grace of God, am free to eat whatever I want, why should I give others cause to criticize me, to speak evil of me over the things for which I am in the habit of giving thanks?" Sometimes the unnecessary or irresponsible use of our liberty in Christ can cause us unnecessary problems. It can stand in the way of our ministry. It is very difficult to teach the doctrines of the faith to people who begin with a negative opinion of us. We are just as free to refrain from eating those meats sacrificed to idols as we are to eat them.

"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:11-14)

We are saved by the suffering and death of Christ for one and only one purpose... to bring glory to God. We have been predestined for His glory. Our salvation is not an accident or a product of our own works or anything that was good within us. It is all due to God's grace who sealed us with the Holy Spirit and assured us by His promise that He will never lose us.

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." That should always br the motivating factor in our life. Will eating that meat or drinking that drink bring glory to God? Will arguing with co-workers bring glory to God? Will criticizing your pastor bring glory to God? Check yourself in all things. Your purpose for living is to glorify Him. If you fail, your life is totally without any heavenly or eternal significance. Think about it.

Before The Throne:

Pray about the things that you will do today. Ask God to help you do everything to His glory. Ask Him to help you make that the priority in your life. As you move through the day, take a moment and pray for each person you meet. Ask God to help you be aware of anything that might offend that person's conscience. Pray that he or she would see Christ in you.

For Further Study:

(v.29)
** not. 1Cor 10:32; 1Cor 8:9-13; Rom 14:15-21; ** why. Rom 14:16; 2Cor 8:21; 1Thess 5:22;

(v.30)
** for which. Rom 14:6; 1Tim 4:3-4;

(v.31) ** ye eat. 1Cor 7:34; Deut 12:7, 12, 18; Neh 8:16-18; Zech 7:5-6; Luke 11:41; Col 3:17, 23; 1Pet 4:11;

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