He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and [a]prudence, 9 having made known
to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed
in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might
gather together in one all things in Christ, [b]both which are in heaven and
which are on earth—in Him.
Footnotes: Ephesians 1:8 understandingEphesians; 1:10 NU, M omit both
by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is
the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them.
He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened
with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in
your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may
be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and
depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that
you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that works in us,
Is it merely my conscience involved to live my personal preferences? Today let us meditate on what the Lord Holy Spirit spoke through Apostle Paul on this controversial subject in our very personal and subjective world and the predominant “me, me, me” philosophy believed in, practiced and permeated throughout many human societies. The following bible passages speak specifically to God’s people, -the Christians and draw us to focus on some practical missions in this life: promote spiritual growth in others, beware of others’ judgmental conscience (do not let others have the opportunity to condemn yours), do not (even if passively) cause others fall into a trap (take offense) even if dug by themselves because they interpret your actions according to their conscience. This is a tall order to Christians. Are we keepers of others? Reading this passage it would appear “yes”. Like what Paul advised all Christians, “I sincerely attempt to do anything I can so that others may be saved.” In the final analysis nothing else matters.
1 Corinthians 10:32 (NKJV) “Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,”
1 Corinthians 10:23-33 The Passion Translation (TPT) )
You say, “Under grace there are no rules and we’re free to do anything we please.” Not exactly. Because not everything promotes growth in others. Your slogan, “We’re allowed to do anything we choose,” may be true—but not everything causes the spiritual advancement of others. 24 So don’t always seek what is best for you at the expense of another. 25 Yes, you are free to eat anything without worrying about your conscience, 26 for the earth and all its abundance belongs to the Lord.[a]
if an unbeliever invites you to dinner, go ahead and eat whatever is
served, without asking questions concerning where it came from.[b]28 But
if he goes out of his way to inform you that the meat was actually an
offering sacrificed to idols, then you should pass, not only for his
sake but because of his conscience. 29 I’m
talking about someone else’s conscience, not yours. What good is there
in doing what you please if it’s condemned by someone else?
30 So if I voluntarily participate, why should I be judged for celebrating my freedom?[c]31 Whether you eat or drink, live your life in a way that glorifies and honors God. 32 And make sure you’re not offending Jews or Greeks or any part of God’s assembly over your personal preferences. 33 Follow my example,
for I try to please everyone in all things, rather than putting my
liberty first. I sincerely attempt to do anything I can so that others
may be saved.
Offence [Noun] skandalon originally
was “the name of the part of a trap to which the bait is attached, hence,
the trap or snare itself, as in Rom 11:9, RV, ‘stumblingblock,’ quoted from
Psalm 69:22, and in Rev 2:14, for Balaam’s device was rather a trap for Israel
than a stumblingblock to them, and in Matt 16:23, for in Peter’s words the Lord
perceived a snare laid for Him by Satan.
“In NT skandalon is always
used metaphorically, and ordinarily of anything that arouses prejudice, or
becomes a hindrance to others, or causes them to fall by the way.”