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1 Cor 6:12 1 Cor 10:23 1 Corinthians 10:23 edify edifies permissible legal profitable allowed permitted

In 1 Corinthians 6:12, and again at 10:23, Sha'ul (the Apostle Paul) writes,

"All things are Lawful for me, but not all things edify."

All things are Lawful. You can't get any clearer than that! 'In Christ' anything is allowed (though perhaps some choices are better than others).

But is that really what this verse means?

One of the roles of God's love-letter to us, the Bible, is to teach us what sin is, and that sin has consequences. It affects us, and our relationships with God and one another. The Torah teaches that restoration requires an atonement (the placing of my sin onto the sacrifice, and receiving its purity and innocence in exchange). The process is: confession, atonement, and restoration.

Yeshua (Jesus) is the perfect lamb, my atoning sacrifice. All things are done Lawfully when I turn to face God (repent) by confessing my sin, placing my sin on Yeshua instead, and receiving His perfection and clean conscience in return.

So "All things are Lawful" does not mean, "Everything is approved of," or even, "Everything is allowed." It means, "All things are being done Lawfully." Each time Yeshua carries my sin instead of me, he does so as the perfect lamb, foreshadowed by Torah, once for all.

(And please Father, may I always remember: To obey is better than sacrifice.  1 Sam 15:22.)

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