1 Corinthians 10:31 Well, whatever you do, whether it’s eating or drinking or anything else, do it all so as to bring glory to God. (CJB)
What a beautiful, meaningful verse! So many seem to fail to realize the importance of being “wholehearted” and “doing EVERYTHING for the love of YHWH/Yeshua”….
If we truly belong to ADONAI, then we take into consideration everything we do: We keep a close eye on our own behavior (guided by Torah) and teach our children to do the same. We start cleaning our homes of any “other god” (i.e., statues or pictures of Buddha, Kokopele, Egyptian “gods” etc.)
We double check restaurant menus for any “unclean” meats, and constantly remember to thank Him for our life, our families, homes, food … EVERYTHING – because we know that we would have NONE of those things without Him! After all, HE is the reason our universe and everything in it, exists!
So, let’s take a closer look at 1 Corinthians 10, to see what Paul meant in this passage, and discover another side of what it means to be holy, whole-hearted and pleasing to YHWH:
1 Corinthians 10:29. The conscience I speak of is not your own, but his who told you. But why is my freedom judged of, by the conscience of others? 30. If I by grace partake, why am I reproached for that for which I give thanks? 31. If you therefore eat, or if you drink, or if you do anything, do all things for the glory of Elohim. (AENT)
Notice the word “conscience”? As you know, it refers to the discernment of right and wrong, based on Torah as the Word of YHWH. (NOT on our own opinions or desires; but by TORAH!) “Conscience” includes a “group conscience” of YHWH’s “Kedoshim” (Set Apart people). As Torah is being written upon the heart (Jeremiah 31:33), each soul is to recognize and support the work of the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit within the Body.
As you can see in this particular passage, Paul was not at “liberty” to break the Word of YHWH and eat meat sacrificed to idols, and he never suggested that anyone should. Here, he was addressing the frail and immature “conscience” of those who struggle to leave paganism. When a Believer voices Torah conscience, the rest of the body of believers is obligated to support them, even if some think otherwise.
Paul referred to the Believers in Corinth as carnal babes who couldn’t digest solid “spiritual” food and who are struggling to receive truth; they are contentious and walking in the flesh (1 Cor 3), much the same as the modern Christian church which uses these verses to endorse denial and violation of Torah, which is simply a poor attempt to “justify” the weak carnal flesh….
So, referring back to my initial comment about verse 31, to truly “do all things for the glory of Elohim,” it is imperative to UNDERSTAND what He commanded, what His Messiah and the Apostles taught, and how to apply it to our own lives.
Let’s take another look at that verse and allow it to permeate our soul:
1 Corinthians 10:31. If you therefore eat, or if you drink, or if you do anything, do all things “for the glory of Elohim” or to “bring glory to God".