1 Corinthians 6

1c6.jpgGreetings!  Paul really lays into the church here, saying “Do you not know . . .” six times. 

Lawsuits Among Believers

6     If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!

7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.

Lawsuits among believers doesn’t seem like a common thing but it was happening in the Corinthian church.  Paul blasts them for not solving the problems themselves and for making the church look foolish.  Paul took it very seriously when anything got in the way of presenting the Gospel, and we should, too.

9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

The key phase to me is, “that is what some of you were.” 

Sexual Immorality

12 “Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

The “food for the stomach and the stomach for food” line was a saying implying that food was for needs and pleasure and so was sex, therefore they could have unrestrained sexual experiences.

14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Again, we are to honor God with our body.  It is the intersection of Heaven and earth, with the Holy Spirit living in us.  We are to “flee from sexual immorality.”  Flee.  It is so incredibly destructive that we need to stand way behind the line.  I have seen so many families destroyed, so many divorces, so much heartache for children, all because of sexual immorality.  We can never let our guard down.

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5 Responses

  1. “Paul took it very seriously when anything got in the way of presenting the Gospel, and we should, too. ”

    If only we could do something to tackle the problem of divorce within the church.

  2. Yep. And fornication as well.

  3. Lawsuits among believers doesn’t seem like a common thing ? when 30 percent of professing Christians go to court for a divorce over pastoral marriaage counselling

    http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/the-ungodly-unholy-wars-now-amongst-christians/

  4. If only we could do something to tackle the problem of divorce within the church?

    when divorce, adultery is God’s punishment?

    Mark 10:19 You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.

    The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein. (Proverbs 22:14 KJV)

    http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2008/08/19/adultery/

  5. Good point. Parts of the church went soft on all sorts of marital and sexual sins when it started following the culture.

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