Yet unto us there is but one God, which is that Father, [a]of whom are all things, and we [b]in him, and (A)[c]one Lord Jesus Christ, [d]by whom are all things, and we by him.

[e]But every man hath not that knowledge: for [f]many having [g]conscience of the idol, until this hour, eat as a thing sacrificed unto the idol, and so their conscience being weak, is defiled.

[h]But meat maketh us not acceptable to God, for neither if we eat, have we the more: neither if we eat not, have we the less.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 8:6 When the Father is distinguished from the Son, He is named the beginning of all things.
  2. 1 Corinthians 8:6 We have our being in him.
  3. 1 Corinthians 8:6 But as the Father is called Lord, so is the Son, God therefore this word (One) doth not respect the persons, but the natures.
  4. 1 Corinthians 8:6 This word (By) doth not signify the instrumental cause, but the efficient: For the Father and the Son work together, which is not so to be taken, that we make two causes, seeing they have both but one nature though they be distinct persons.
  5. 1 Corinthians 8:7 The reason why that followeth not, is this: because there are many men which do not know that which you know. Now the judgments of outward things depend not only upon your conscience, but upon the conscience of them that behold you, and therefore your actions must be applied not only to your knowledge, but also to the ignorance of your brethren.
  6. 1 Corinthians 8:7 An applying of the reason, There are many which cannot eat of things offered to idols, but with a wavering conscience, because they think them to be unclean: therefore if by thy example they enterprise to do that which inwardly they thinketh displeaseth God, their conscience is defiled with this eating, and thou hast been the occasion of this mischief.
  7. 1 Corinthians 8:7 By conscience of the idol, he meaneth the secret judgment that they had within themselves,whereby they thought all things unclean, that were offered to idols, and therefore they could not use them with good conscience. For this force hath conscience, that if it be good, it maketh things indifferent good, and if it be evil, it maketh them evil.
  8. 1 Corinthians 8:8 A preventing of an objection: Why then, shall we therefore be deprived of our liberty? Nay saith the Apostle, you shall lose no part of Christianity although you abstain for your brethren’s sake, as also if you receive the meat, it maketh you no whit the more holy, for our commendation before God consisteth not in meats: but to use our liberty with offense of our brethren, is an abuse of liberty, the true use whereof is clean contrary, to wit, so to use it, as in using of it we have consideration of our weak brethren.

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