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All Things Are Lawful, But...

January 8, 2020 Speaker: Series: 1 Corinthians

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12–6:20

The key phrase in this passage is All things are lawful for me. It occurs twice in this verse, and shows up again in 10:23, without the "for me." Paul quotes the phrase like a motto, in order to put it in the proper perspective.

All things are lawful for me is a particularly Christian statement in one important sense. All other religions prescribe rules which must be kept for a person to have a chance to be saved. They are all systems of gaining righteousness and holiness through human effort. Christianity is unique. It is a matter of salvation by divine accomplishment rather than by human effort. Every other religious systems says You must DO. The Bible says God has DONE it.

Like any pithy statement, All things are lawful for me is subject to being misinterpreted.

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