1Cor 8 There is ONE God, we call Him Father 

Centuries ago the city of Corinth's sounds were the sounds of the marketplace where meat was being sold, not so different as seen in a nearby oriental market where an idol sits prominently. At his feet are offerings of fruit and flowers which are changed periodically. Yet this idol neither sees, smells, hears or responds. The worshippers fail to see that their offerings are not able to help or appease this “god.”  It is only by God’s grace we now know the truth that the God we cannot see or touch or feel is the true God of the universe:

"The God who made the world and everything in it, who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands,  nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone" [Acts 17]

Long ago, the city of Corinth was awash with idol temples and marketplaces where meats were offered and sold to these man-made figures. In this context Paul reminds the Corinthians that “there is no God but one” which hearkens back to the Shema of Deuteronomy 6: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord” and the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught:  “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”  They were puffed up with their new knowledge but were failing in love. They now knew that idols were nothing and God is everything but they,  as well as us today,  must act, share and respond that truth in the framework of love.

Principle: How we respond to those who do not know reflects either a puffed up head full of biblical knowledge or a heart of love. Love opens the eyes of the unbelieving more than the plethora of words we spout or a countenance that shows unbelievers our lack of sensitivity.


Published by Gaye Austin