No Rules But Discernment (Sat. Oct. 1)

The word of the day is “lawful.”  In today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, St. Paul answers the question of eating meat once sacrificed to idols.  The apostle writes, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful” (vs. 23).  “All things are lawful…”?  Yes.  “For freedom, Christ has set us free” (Romans 13:9 CSB).  He has liberated us from the accusations, guilt, condemnation, and futile works of earning righteousness.  We are free of its control. And No.  The baptized have one overarching and all-encompassing commandment.  The Orthodox Study Bible comments, “Christians are obligated to obey only one law: the law of Christ, the law of love” (OSB fn. 1 Cor. 10:23-24).  It is just as the apostle says…

The Mystery Known Only by the Spirit (Sat. Sept 10)

The word of the day is “mystery.” Are there things that only believers understand? Is there wisdom that only those who are “mature” in Christ have? In today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Paul answers, “Yes.” He writes “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory” (OSB vs. 7). Today, we will consider the hidden wisdom of God and how it either confounds us or teaches us. In today’s passage, Paul seems to be talking nonsense. How can he, a human being, claim to talk about the divine wisdom hidden in the mind of God? How can he maintain that he has insight into what God has ordained before the ages?…