We Exist For God through Christ [1 Corinthians 8]

5For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords,

 6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

This passage is dealing with the issue of eating food that has been offered to idols.  Tucked in the first part is the overlying theme: "Knowledge inflates with pride but love builds up. If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know as he ought to know." Keep this in mind as you read the rest of the chapter.  When we think we know what God wants us to do, without asking Him, we are acting in pride.  The truth we need to remember is:
  • all things come from the Father
  • we exist FOR Him
  • all things come by the one Lord, Jesus Christ
  • we exist THROUGH Him
In each question you have about what to do (in this case to eat or not to eat) ask God.  He will give you His wisdom. (James 1:5)
Verna McCrillis, 11/20/2008