1 Corinthians 8:1-3

Each time I learn something new, it seems to open up a new index of possibilities.  Each time I study some amazing attribute of God, I find myself contemplating all the different ways it will affect my life.  The more I know, the more I am convinced I know very little.  I must admit that it then annoys me more when I meet people who think that they know everything. 

I think that the way we educate can affect people’s attitudes to knowledge.  Some pastors distil a passage down to ‘all you need to know’; some teachers want to give you all you could possibly need; some professors do not want to open up their students to possibilities only to certainties.  God is infinite.  Each day, by reading our Bibles, praying and viewing the Creation around us, we should be in awe of what we don’t know about him.  How deep he is!  Then we move further on and further into the mystery of our faith.  A loving relationship doesn’t puff up, it builds up.

1 Corinthians 8: 1-3

 1Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge.[a] Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But the man who loves God is known by God.


  1. What controversy is 1 Corinthians 8 going to address?
  2. What do we all possess?
  3. What does Paul mean by, “The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know what he ought to know”?
  4. How does this passage address the issue of Christians being satisfied just with ‘getting saved’?  In other words, why don’t some people grow after they are saved?
  5. What are you reading or where are you studying that reveals to you the depths of God that you don’t understand yet? 

Going Deeper

Meditate on verse 3 and take it with you today.  How does meditating on the verse show you more aspects of the verse that you didn’t think of when you first looked at it?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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