1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Believe it or not, the story of the world—creation, fall, redemption and restoration—can be traced through meals. In the Bible we see the forbidden meal (Genesis 3), the passover (Exodus 12), the last supper (Luke 22), the Lord’s supper (1 Corinthians 11), and the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19). Truly, the Biblical view of food and drink could not be higher! But what about the Biblical ethic of food and drink? When it comes to what we should or shouldn’t eat and drink, we need to ask will this glorify God?
What is the glory of God? It is at least the combined magnitude of all God’s attributes and qualities put together.¹ And eating and drinking to the glory of God means eating and drinking in such a way to show that the ultimate treasure is not food or drink, but Jesus.
Ultimately, food and drink exist as a shadow of the true food and true drink that is Jesus Himself—who He is and what He’s done in His life, death, and resurrection as your Savior (Colossians 2:16-17). That is why, speaking of His cross, Jesus says, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:54-56). The only way we are going to physically eat and drink to the glory of God is if we are first spiritually eating and drinking the true substance—Jesus.
1. Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 and discuss what stands out to you.
2. What most stands out to you about the Biblical view of food and drink? *creation, fall, redemption, restoration can be traced through meals. How is the Biblical/Christian view of food and drink different than the other views you see people hold?
3. What do you find glorious about God’s attributes and qualities?
4. “Eating and drinking to the glory of God means eating and drinking in such a way to show that the ultimate treasure is not food or drink, but Jesus.” How can you personally do that? *try and be specific, giving examples if you can
5. What do you think Jesus mean when He says, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” in John 6:54?
6. How should our knowing that physical food and drink is a shadow but the substance is Christ help free us to eat and drink to the glory of God? *see Colossians 2:16-17
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