“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”
This past week–while consulting with the local computer repairman–the concept of being ABLE TO DO something VS. WHETHER YOU SHOULD DO that something was the focus of some advice.
The topic was one which concerned setting up a corner of one’s computer onto which could be installed a completely different operating system. In this way, one might be able to run software designed for TWO different operating systems on the same computer.
“Well, that’s an idea–but it might not be such a good idea.”
“What do you mean? It would definitely work!”
Oh, it would work all right. But it would be very, very SLOW. Is that something you would like?”
“No, I’m not really into wanting one of the systems to run slow.”
“Well, you know: just because you CAN do something doesn’t always mean you SHOULD do it.”
This reminded one of two different verses in 1st Corinthians which say essentially the same thing (10:23 and 6:12).
However, the Bible verses were not referring to the utilitarian usefulness of the something in question.
The two verses in 1st Corinthians refer to whether the something one might do EDIFIES (constructively educates/instructs) or not.
All things; which are good to eat, may at proper times be eaten and even meat which had been offered to idols was not changed, and would not injure Paul: but it would not on that account be right for him to partake of it in idolatrous feasts, because his doing so might injure others.
—Family Bible Notes
As one coach put it, “There’s a LOT of situations where whether you CAN do something is not the same as whether that something SHOULD be done.”
This is a lesson which the youth appear to have a hard time learning.
When one is young, one’s thoughts are on what is ALLOWED or LAWFUL to do. This is a lesson which is most applied it seems, when a youth is driving a vehicle.
The youth is absorbed by what he LEGALLY can do while driving.
NOT what he SHOULD be doing.
Just because one CAN do something doesn’t mean that one SHOULD do it.
One does not have to be a youth to learn this important lesson: plenty of older folks do not fully consider the consequences of their actions before acting.
And so, this is just one more thing for the reader to consider BEFORE he decides IF he ought to engage in a particular behavior or not.
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
DOES the reader ever consider that what he is ABLE to do might not be so good for him to do?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 9, 2020.]
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