We have seen passages in which Paul is so blunt that his meaning is hard to miss, but from our perspective, this is not one of those. If we aren’t careful, we can quote verses from this passage and use them to ‘prove’ both sides of the argument, not to mention things that aren’t even being discussed. For me, the key to following this passage is to remember who Paul is writing to (the church in Corinth), and what he has said about them previously (that they favor the philosophies of men).
With this in mind, we can discern that in 10:23-30 there is a sort of conversation going on between Paul and his readers. At first, we can see slogans and responses, then questions and answers, and finally, beginning at 10:31 Paul’s clear teaching.
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