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Cautions against going to law in heathen courts. () Sins which, if lived and died in, shut out from the kingdom of God. () Our bodies, which are the members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Ghost, must not be defiled. ()

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Christians should not contend with one another, for they are brethren. This, if duly attended to, would prevent many law-suits, and end many quarrels and disputes. In matters of great damage to ourselves or families, we may use lawful means to right ourselves, but Christians should be of a forgiving temper. Refer the matters in dispute, rather than go to law about them. They are trifles, and may easily be settled, if you first conquer your own spirits. Bear and forbear, and the men of least skill among you may end your quarrels. It is a shame that little quarrels should grow to such a head among Christians, that they cannot be determined by the brethren. The peace of a man's own mind, and the calm of his neighbourhood, are worth more than victory. Lawsuits could not take place among brethren, unless there were faults among them.

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The Corinthians are warned against many great evils, of which they had formerly been guilty. There is much force in these inquiries, when we consider that they were addressed to a people puffed up with a fancy of their being above others in wisdom and knowledge. All unrighteousness is sin; all reigning sin, nay, every actual sin, committed with design, and not repented of, shuts out of the kingdom of heaven. Be not deceived. Men are very much inclined to flatter themselves that they may live in sin, yet die in Christ, and go to heaven. But we cannot hope to sow to the flesh, and reap everlasting life. They are reminded what a change the gospel and grace of God had made in them. The blood of Christ, and the washing of regeneration, can take away all guilt. Our justification is owing to the suffering and merit of Christ; our sanctification to the working of the Holy Spirit; but both go together. All who are made righteous in the sight of God, are made holy by the grace of God.

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Some among the Corinthians seem to have been ready to say, All things are lawful for me. This dangerous conceit St. Paul opposes. There is a liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, in which we must stand fast. But surely a Christian would never put himself into the power of any bodily appetite. The body is for the Lord; is to be an instrument of righteousness to holiness, therefore is never to be made an instrument of sin. It is an honour to the body, that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead; and it will be an honour to our bodies, that they will be raised. The hope of a resurrection to glory, should keep Christians from dishonouring their bodies by fleshly lusts. And if the soul be united to Christ by faith, the whole man is become a member of his spiritual body. Other vices may be conquered in fight; that here cautioned against, only by flight. And vast multitudes are cut off by this vice in its various forms and consequences. Its effects fall not only directly upon the body, but often upon the mind. Our bodies have been redeemed from deserved condemnation and hopeless slavery by the atoning sacrifice of Christ. We are to be clean, as vessels fitted for our Master's use. Being united to Christ as one spirit, and bought with a price of unspeakable value, the believer should consider himself as wholly the Lord's, by the strongest ties. May we make it our business, to the latest day and hour of our lives, to glorify God with our bodies, and with our spirits which are his.

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1 Corinthians 6

Outline:

  1. Do not sue each other; instead judge among yourselves ()

    1. It is taking a case before unrighteous instead of righteous (1)

    2. Believers are capable of judging and will even judge the angels ()

    3. Another reminder that believers shouldn’t subject themselves to worldly judges (4)

    4. The church surely has people capable of judging and who are not unrighteous ()

    5. It is a mark of disgrace and better to lose out than sue brothers (7)

    6. Suing other believers itself is wrong (8)

  2. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ()

    1. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ()

    2. Some of them were like this, but had been washed clean by Christ (11)

  3. Use our body to glorify God ()

    1. We should not be controlled by any worldly desire (12)

    2. The body is not to be separated from the spirit; it is also for the Lord (13)

    3. One day God will raise up our bodies (14)

    4. Immorality is joining Christ to wickedness (15)

    5. Immorality is becoming one with the harlot (16)

    6. But the believer is one with the Lord (17)

    7. Flee immorality; it is about the most destructive sin (18)

    8. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be used to honor the Lord ()

Discussion Questions:

I.

What is the problem that Paul addresses in the first part of chapter 6?

Why is this a problem?

What negative reasons can you think of why Christians shouldn’t sue each other in court?

If they can’t go to court, what is the solution?

Is it practical to think that there will be elders/judges in a church who can settle disputes?

Is this a reasonable goal? How can it be accomplished?

What should you do if your church isn’t set up for this?

What should you do if your church is set up for this, but the other believer is unwilling to listen to the elder?

How about suing an unbeliever?

Explain verse 8.

Besides lawsuits, can we get any other principles for believers by implication? (Better to keep church matters inside the church as much as possible, better to be wronged than to wrong others, important to be a good testimony, believers should just accept wrongdoing by the hands of others rather than make a big stink about it which could bring dishonor to the church and the name of God)

II.

How do verses fit into Paul’s discussion on lawsuits, or do they?

What does this mean that these kinds of people will not come into the kingdom of God?

Can’t anyone enter?

How about a believer who keeps doing these things?

What about “once saved always saved”?

III.

What is Paul’s main point in verses ?

Explain verse 12, specifically “all things are lawful for me”. Does that mean everything is OK for believers to do? (My first thought, clearly not everything is OK for believers since the Bible clearly prohibits us from doing anything. So I would interpret this to mean “Everything that is not precluded by Scripture is lawful.” We can use our Christian freedom in many areas. This would include things like television, movies, which job we should take, where to go on vacation, what we should do in free time, doing exercises, etc. Any of these things are not in themselves inherently sinful, BUT we must not be mastered by them, or addicted to them. I must not give my life to exercise or TV or sports or vacations.)

Explain the second part of the verse “I will not be mastered by anything.”

What was the Corinthians attitude as seen in verse 13? (body-spirit, or physical-spirit dualism)

Is this same attitude present today? In what ways have you seen it?

How are our bodies members of Christ? So how should we treat our bodies?

Why is sexual immorality such a destructive sin (unites us with harlots, is committed physically in the body, is such an intimate, personal thing that affects us mentally and physically)

What should we do when faced with sexual temptation?

How can we protect ourselves from this ahead of time?

Why is this such a tough issue, especially for guys?

Is this a personal thing, matter of conviction, or an area where we can exercise personal freedom?

Does this mean only that having sex with a prostitute is wrong? How about other sexual sins?

What is the final and most important reason given why we should avoid sexual sins?

What is the conclusion on how we should use our body? How can this be applied to other areas besides sex?

Cross References

I.

Matthew – If a brother sins against you go in private, then take two, etc. This can apply to sinful, lying, cheating business dealings as well.

Luke – Parable where the servants can rule over 10 and 5 cities.

1 Corinthians – What business is matters outside the church; we are to judge the things inside it.

Colossians – Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for it by God. There is no favoritism, even for the big bosses!

II.

Galatians – This kind of evil people will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Revelation , – This kind of evil people will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Ephesians , – We were dead in sins and children of darkness, but are now of the light.

Titus – Washed by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

III.

1 Corinthians – A more complete discussion of the phrase “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”

1 Timothy – The law is for the unrighteous, for sinners.

1 Corinthians – Paul beats his body and makes it is his slave.

Titus – To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted nothing is pure. Their consciences are corrupted

Romans – Offer your bodies as living sacrifices.

Romans – Don’t let sin reign in your mortal body or be a slave to it.

Romans , 1 Corinthians – We are part of the body of Christ.

Ephesians – We are part of His body. Marriage is picture of our relationship to Christ so sexual sin is also prostitution against God.

Genesis – The two shall become one flesh.

2 Timothy , 1 Peter Flee/stay away from sensual temptations.

Acts – The price is His own blood.

Teaching Points:

  1. Do not sue each other; instead judge among yourselves.

Matthew – If a brother sins against you go in private, then take two, etc. This can apply to sinful, lying, cheating business dealings as well.

Luke – Parable where the servants can rule over 10 and 5 cities.

1 Corinthians – What business is matters outside the church; we are to judge the things inside it.

Colossians – Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for it by God. There is no favoritism, even for the big bosses!

What is the problem that Paul addresses in the first part of chapter 6?

Why is this a problem?

What negative reasons can you think of why Christians shouldn’t sue each other in court?

If they can’t go to court, what is the solution?

Is it practical to think that there will be elders/judges in a church who can settle disputes?

Is this a reasonable goal? How can it be accomplished?

What should you do if your church isn’t set up for this?

What should you do if your church is set up for this, but the other believer is unwilling to listen to the elder?

Explain verse 8.

At the beginning of this chapter Paul continues his thought on “do you not judge those who are within the church?” Apparently it was becoming a problem in the Corinthian church where believers were taking each other to secular courts in order to solve business disputes. In this section Paul lists several reasons why believers should not do this and also gives the solution.

The first problem is in verse 1. In taking cases before the world’s courts, it is letting unrighteous people with unrighteous standards judge over believers who should have righteous standards. Problem 1: courts in the world are unrighteous. (vs 1) What are some of the laws in this world that go against the Bible and some of the unrighteous practices that are common? Abortion, bankruptcy, bribery, following the letter of the law while cheating against the spirit of the law, lying in business is OK as long as it doesn’t break the contract, etc. etc. It’s not saying that law is bad. It is necessary. But it is not always perfect. Shouldn’t believers who have godly principles from God’s Word be able to judge in these types of disputes better? Unbelievers follow ungodly principles and therefore do not make good judges over believers.

Solution first proposed (vs 1): “not before the saints”. The solution is for the saints to deal with these matters internally as we will see throughout this section.

Saints are capable for this job. One day we will judge the world. One day we will even judge angels. God gives this ability to us. If we can judge the world and angels, then surely we can judge some small disputes in the church

Is there not a wise man in the church who can do this job? In ancient Israel elders were men of repute and good character who were largely responsible to judge their local area. The church also is supposed to have elders over it at the local level, godly men who can guide, serve, and even judge inside their own local congregation. Suing each other is not only wasting the opportunity to have it judged righteously, but it is begging for an unrighteous solution. Moreover, it is an extremely bad testimony to the world and shows them that Christians are bickering and fighting and not getting along. Did Jesus say it is by our suingof each other that the world will know we are His disciples? No, Jesus said that by our love the world will know we are His disciples.

  1. The church should be set up with elders to do this internally. This is the goal.

  2. If it is not and the other brother is willing we can go to any godly, mature brother to have the conflict resolved biblically.

  3. If the other brother is not willing and the church is not set up for it, we sue. No, we let them wrong us and just let it go. It is better to be wronged than to strive and have a bad testimony in front of the world.

  4. If we persist to sue in the world’s courts, we ourselves are doing wrong and to the brethren.

How about suing an unbeliever?

Besides lawsuits, can we get any other principles for believers by implication? (Better to keep church matters inside the church as much as possible, better to be wronged than to wrong others, important to be a good testimony, believers should just accept wrongdoing by the hands of others rather than make a big stink about it which could bring dishonor to the church and the name of God)

  1. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of heaven ()

How do verses fit into Paul’s discussion on lawsuits, or do they?

What does this mean that these kinds of people will not come into the kingdom of God?

Can’t anyone enter?

How about a believer who keeps doing these things?

What about “once saved always saved”?

Galatians – This kind of evil people will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Revelation , – This kind of evil people will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Ephesians , – We were dead in sins and children of darkness, but are now of the light.

Titus – Washed by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible makes it make clear that people who practice this type of behavior will not go to heaven. Read some cross-references. Notice that verse 11 says some of the Corinthians were like this before. We are all sinners, some worse than others, but all are sinners. Yet we can be sanctified, washed, justified if we trust in Christ. Then we are no longer that type of person. What about a believer who keeps doing these things? Well, a good tree will bear good fruit. A true believer will resent the sin, resist the sin, and repent when he sins. A true believer is a reforming believer, reforming our behavior. There is definitely a solid argument that if someone supposedly trusts in Christ yet keeps on in this kind of behavior then he is not a true believer. The warning is very clear and very serious. If you are a believer, act like it! Don’t go back and commit the sins of the world. Truly repent. Truly embrace Christ. Change.

  1. Use our body to glorify God ()

1 Corinthians – A more complete discussion of the phrase “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”

1 Timothy – The law is for the unrighteous, for sinners.

1 Corinthians – Paul beats his body and makes it is his slave.

Titus – To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted nothing is pure. Their consciences are corrupted

Romans – Offer your bodies as living sacrifices.

Romans – Don’t let sin reign in your mortal body or be a slave to it.

Romans , 1 Corinthians – We are part of the body of Christ.

Ephesians – We are part of His body. Marriage is picture of our relationship to Christ so sexual sin is also prostitution against God.

Genesis – The two shall become one flesh.

Acts – The price is His own blood.

What is Paul’s main point in verses ?

Explain verse 12, specifically “all things are lawful for me”. Does that mean everything is OK for believers to do?

Explain the second part of the verse “I will not be mastered by anything.”

What was the Corinthians attitude as seen in verse 13? (body-spirit, or physical-spirit dualism)

Is this same attitude present today? In what ways have you seen it?

How are our bodies members of Christ? So how should we treat our bodies?

Why is sexual immorality such a destructive sin (unites us with harlots, is committed physically in the body, is such an intimate, personal thing that affects us mentally and physically)

Does this mean only that having sex with a prostitute is wrong? How about other sexual sins?

What is the final and most important reason given why we should avoid sexual sins?

What is the conclusion on how we should use our body? How can this be applied to other areas besides sex?

Verse My first thought, clearly not everything is OK for believers since the Bible clearly prohibits us from doing anything. So I would interpret this to mean “Everything that is not precluded by Scripture is lawful.” We can use our Christian freedom in many areas. This would include things like television, movies, which job we should take, where to go on vacation, what we should do in free time, doing exercises, etc. Any of these things are not in themselves inherently sinful, BUT we must not be mastered by them, or addicted to them. I must not give my life to exercise or TV or sports or vacations. I can dance, I can go to the grave-sweeping ceremony, I can play mahjong, I can go to a bar or karaoke, I can eat foods sacrificed to idols, etc. etc. BUT not all of these things are necessarily profitable. We have to look at them case by case to see if they are glorifying to God or not. See 1 Corinthians

In Verses Paul is slamming the Corinthians’ attitude of dualism between body and spirit, especially as shown in sexual immorality. Then and now certain people have separated body or physical things from spiritual things. In other words faith in God is spiritual so what I do on a physical level is not important. My body is going to waste away and won’t last. Have you seen this thought process before? How and when? I’ve had someone tell me that who they marry isn’t important to God because marriage is a physical thing and not related to our faith in God. Others have proposed that pornography, self-gratification, sleeping with prostitutes etc. is a matter of Christian freedom. This thought process can show itself in any area. Work: I can lie and be selfish and greedy to get more money, because this is only a physical thing and God is not concerned with money. In verse 13 he specifically mentions “food”, but this is evidently also a metaphor for sex. Paul mentions several reason why this mindset is wrong.

  1. The body is for the Lord. We can use our body either to glorify Him or bring dishonor to His name.

  2. God is going to raise us up with new bodies one day, meaning that even after death the soul-body division isn’t permanently true.

  3. Our bodies are members of Christ. We are part of the body of Christ.

  4. We can either be one with a prostitute or one with the Lord.

Having the thought that I will do what I want in my “real” life, while in my mind I will believe in God is an extremely dangerous one and one that is never supported in Scripture. Some cults taught this, but not God. This always has been and always will be an EXCUSE TO GRATIFY THE FLESH. Much of the time you hear a Christian kind of proudly saying they are exercising their Christian freedom, they are doing something that is wrong. Faith in God is not a metaphysical thing, but is meant to be exercised in our life. It is not just theory to put in minds. It is meant to be practiced and lived out. We don’t live in the Bible. We live out the Bible in our lives. God’s Word should touch every part of our lives, inside and out, not only Sundays, not only Friday evenings, not only a slot for our Quiet Time.

Verses continue this thought. Flee from sexual immorality. Read cross-references. 2 Timothy , 1 Peter Flee/stay away from sensual temptations.

Ask questions. Do any of you here face sexual temptation?

What should we do when faced with sexual temptation?

How can we protect ourselves from this ahead of time?

Why is this such a tough issue, especially for guys?

Is this a personal thing, matter of conviction, or an area where we can exercise personal freedom?

God wants us to be holy. He wants us to use our bodies for His glory. Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Think about this next time you are tempted. No guy is immune. I really suggest safeguards and limits. For example: if prostitution is a temptation, don’t walk by the way! Proverbs 7 tells us only a fool will do this. Avoid going out in those areas late or night or take along another person with you. If pornography is a temptation you can install some Christian monitoring service on your computer and link it to some accountability partners. I suggest we all do this to help limit temptation. That is what fellowship is for. Find some accountability partners and ask them to keep you accountable in your use of computer and internet. If immorality is a temptation, avoid meeting one on one with ladies, especially late at night or in possible romantic situations. If you a businessman that means DON’T go traveling with a female, young, attractive, secretary. That is a recipe for disaster! Use sense. Realize that as a guy we all face this temptation. Don’t just ignore it and think you will never fall. Take steps to prevent it.

Also, don’t only not do the negative thing. Instead do the positive thing. Make use of your time and fill your mind with the Word. Where the mind is idle trouble will come. If you struggle with porn and then get on your computer late at night with no one else around to surf for a long time, you can be sure the temptation will come. Meditate on holy, righteous, pure things. Fill your mind with Scripture.

You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

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1 Corinthians 6 &#; Lawsuits and Loose Living

A. Instruction regarding lawsuits among Christians.

1. (1) Paul denounces their recourse to the pagan law courts in disputes among Christians.

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?

a. Dare any of you is strong wording. Paul simply can’t believe what these Corinthian Christians are doing.

b. Having a matter against another: Apparently, one Christian believed he had been wronged by another, and sought justice in the local courts (go to law before the unrighteous).

i. The local judge sat in what was known as the “bema” seat of the civil magistrate, located in the heart of the marketplace. Because Greek culture found a good legal battle entertaining, anyone’s lawsuit soon became public knowledge.

c. Unrighteous is literally unjust, in the sense of “not justified before God, not saved.” Why are the Corinthian Christians trying to find justice from those who aren’t justified before God?

i. Paul is using the term unrighteous in a religious sense, not a moral sense. It isn’t that Corinthian judges were necessarily bad judges, but they were not Christians.

2. () Why Christians are fully capable of judging their own matters, and it is wrong to go to heathen law courts in disputes among Christians.

Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!

a. The saints will judge the world&#; we shall judge angels: Christians should be fully able to judge their own matters because of our destiny. As we reign with Jesus Christ, we will (in some sense or another) judge the world, and even judge angels.

i. The idea of Christians judging angels is fascinating. It does not mean we will sit in judgment of faithful angels, as if we could penalize them for letting us down or not being there, but we will have a part in judging evil angels.

ii. How great is God’s destiny for redeemed men and women! “Is there any statement in the apostolic writings in certain senses which has more definite and tremendous implication of the union of the saints with their Lord?” (Morgan)

iii. The destiny of redeemed men and women &#; to one day be higher than the angels and to even sit in judgment of them &#; must greatly annoy a certain high angel in heaven. He did not want to serve an inferior creature now, and did not want that inferior creature to be raised up higher than even he. So, he rebelled against God, and is determined to keep as much of humanity as possible from sitting in judgment of himself. We can imagine the perverse, proud pleasure Satan takes over every soul that goes to hell: “They won’t sit in judgment over me!”

b. Are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters: If Christians are being prepared right now for such a glorious destiny, why do the Corinthian Christians allow those least esteemed by the church (that is, the secular judges) to decide disputes among Christians?

c. Is there not a wise man among you: The Corinthian Christians were proud of what they thought was their “wisdom” (1 Corinthians ), but their actions showed that there was not a wise man among them.

d. Brother goes to law against brother: By his actions, Paul showed he was not against all legal action. In Acts and , he appealed to Roman courts for his rights. However, Paul knew it was wrong when brother goes to law against brother.

i. It is important for Christians to settle disputes among themselves according to God’s principles. This can be done either through the church, or through Christian arbitration. But today, even as in Paul’s day, there is no reason for Christians to sue one another.

ii. Does this mean that it is permissible for Christians to sue non-believers who wrong them? This is an important question in our age where people are so ready to sue. Paul certainly does not bring up this specific issue, and he does not say matters between Christians should be unresolved – only that they should be settled in the proper arena.

iii. Paul does not say that Christians should have their own court system to handle criminal law. In Romans Paul says that it is appropriate for the state to handle criminal cases. Christians should, however, be able to handle civil cases among themselves. “Those in a religious community who will not submit to a proper arbitration, made by persons among themselves, should be expelled from the Church of God.” (Clarke)

3. (7) Paul rebukes the man who had been wronged: why not accept the wrong?

Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?

a. It is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another: The Corinthians were just like modern Americans: addicted to their own “rights.” But in clinging to their rights so fiercely, they had already shown utter failure. Just by going to court against your brother, you already lose.

b. Why do you not rather accept wrong: It would be better to accept wrong. It would be better to let yourselves be cheated than to defend your “rights” at the expense of God’s glory and the higher good of His kingdom.

i. Paul called this man to do something hard: to give up what he deserved for the higher good of God and His kingdom. But the man who was wronged should not think Paul was asking him to take a loss. No one who accepts wrong for the sake of God’s glory will be a loser.

ii. Ideally, the church should have settled the dispute. But if the church failed to do so, Paul asked the man to trust in God, not in secular judges and lawsuits and courts.

iii. Paul didn’t say, “Why not suffer wrong instead of confronting the problem?” Instead, he said, “Why not suffer wrong instead of bringing your dispute before unbelievers?”

4. () Paul rebukes the man who had done the wrong: do you realize how serious your sin is?

No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

a. You yourselves do wrong and cheat: There is no place for dishonest dealing by Christians; how much less place is there for dishonest dealing among Christians! Many have rejected the things of God and the fellowship of the saints because of dishonesty and cheating among Christians.

b. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Paul speaks strongly to the brother who did the wrong. “Don’t you realize how serious your sin is? The only thing you may ‘gain’ from cheating your brother is eternity with the unrighteous!”

i. Paul was not, categorically, denying the man’s salvation (Paul says he is among the brethren); however, Paul will not allow a “religious faith” that is separate from our actions. If a Christian can cheat and defraud his brothers without conscience, it may be fairly asked if he is a Christian at all.

c. The unrighteous: This man who wronged his brother sets himself in bad company – in with fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, revilers, and extortioners; and none of those who live characterized by these sins will inherit the kingdom of God.

i. No doubt the man figured, “Sure, what I’m doing to my brother isn’t good but it isn’t that bad.” Paul wants him to know just how bad it was.

ii. We shouldn’t think that a Christian who has committed an act of fornication or homosexuality (or any of the other listed sins) is automatically excluded from the kingdom of God. Instead, since Paul describes these people by their sins, he means those whose lives are dominated and characterized by these sins. So, is an occasional act of fornication or homosexuality no big deal to God? Of course it is a significant matter, because it goes against everything we have been given in Jesus, and because a lifestyle of sin begins with single acts of sin.

iii. The man who cheated his brother had to see that if his life was dominated and characterized by this sin, just as much as any of the other people Paul described, he should also be just as concerned for his salvation as any of those other people.

d. Nor homosexuals: Since this is such a clear condemnation of homosexuality, those who would like to justify the practice say Paul speaks of homosexual prostitution, not a “loving, caring homosexual relationship.” But taken in context, there is no doubt God is speaking of homosexual acts of all kinds with the words malakoi (homosexuals, which literally refers to male prostitutes) and arsenokoitai (sodomites, a generic term for all homosexual practice).

i. Paul did not write in or of a “homophobic” culture. Homosexuality was rampant in the ancient world; 14 out of the first 15 Roman emperors were bisexual or homosexual. At the very time Paul wrote, Nero was emperor. Nero castrated a boy named Sporus and then married him (with a full ceremony), brought him to the palace with a great procession, and made the boy his “wife.” Later, the emperor lived with another man, and Nero was declared to be the other man’s “wife.”

ii. In this list of sins, homosexuality (not some “special” version of homosexuality) is described, but it is described right along with other sins. Some who so strongly denounce homosexuals are guilty of other sins on this list. Can fornicators or adulterers or the covetous or drunkards rightly condemn homosexuals? Of course not.

iii. Christians err when they excuse homosexuality, and deny that it is sin, but they also err just as badly when they single it out as a sin God is uniquely angry with.

e. And such were some of you: Paul’s point is important: such were some of you. Though these sins characterize those who will not inherit the kingdom of God, Christians can never be unloving or uncaring towards them – because they are right where we used to be.

i. Christians should not, and must not say such sins in the lives of those who don’t know Jesus are of no concern to God. They are. Instead, they must communicate the message of salvation in Jesus Christ: He will save His people from their sins (Matthew ).

ii. At the same time, the point is plain for the Corinthian Christians and for us: And such were some of you. Paul clearly puts it in the past tense. These things should never mark the life of a Christian, and if they do, they must be immediately repented of and forsaken.

iii. “Security in Christ there is, to be sure, but it is a false security that would justify sinners who have never taken seriously ‘but such were some of you.’” (Fee)

f. But you were washed&#; sanctified&#; justified: God’s great work for us in Jesus Christ is described in three terms.

i. You were washed: We are washed clean from sin by the mercy of God (Titus ). We can have our sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord (Acts ). We are washed by the work of Jesus on the cross for us (Revelation ) and by the Word of God (Ephesians ).

ii. You were sanctified: We are set apart, away from the world and unto God, by the work of Jesus on the cross (Hebrews ), by God’s Word (John ), by faith in Jesus (Acts ), and by the Holy Spirit (Romans ).

iii. You were justified: We are declared “just” before the court of God, not merely “not guilty,” but declared as “just” before Him. We are justified by God’s grace through the work of Jesus on the cross (Romans ), by faith and not by our own deeds (Romans ).

iv. God can take the kind of people described in 1 Corinthians and 10 and make them into the kind of people described in 1 Corinthians ! How great is the work of God!

g. In the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God: Without trying to present a doctrine of the Trinity, Paul quite naturally – because he knew it was the truth about God – lists the three Persons of the Godhead in connection with this great work of God in the life of the believer.

B. Instruction regarding sexual purity.

1. (12) A principle for sexual purity among Christians: what is permitted is not our only guide for behavior.

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

a. All things are lawful for me: In both 1 Corinthians 5 (in the section dealing with the sexual immorality of a certain member of the Corinthian church) and in 1 Corinthians 6 (in the section where certain sinners are described), Paul brought up the issue of the sexual conduct of Christians. Now he will address some of the questions and problems the Corinthian Christians had about what God wanted them to do in regard to sex.

b. All things are lawful for me: This was probably a phrase Paul had used in teaching the Corinthian Christians about Christian liberty. We can almost hear Paul telling the Corinthians exactly what he told the Colossians in Colossians “When it comes to what we eat or drink or on what day we worship the Lord, all things are lawful for me. I am at liberty, and I should not let anyone put me under bondage, as legalists are prone to do.”

c. But all things are not helpful: The Corinthian Christians took the idea all things are lawful and applied it to areas Paul, or the Lord, never intended. They used their “liberty” as a license to sin.

i. Specifically, from the reference to the harlot in 1 Corinthians , the point seems to be that the Corinthian Christians thought they had the liberty to use the services of prostitutes. This was culturally accepted in the city of Corinth, and it was accepted in the religious community among the religious pagans, who saw nothing wrong in a “religious” person using prostitutes.

d. I will not be brought under the power of any: In this phrase, Paul uses a verb he uses again only in 1 Corinthians , in the context of a husband and wife having “authority” over each other’s bodies. Paul may be saying I will not be brought under the power of anybody (as in the body of a prostitute).

2. () A principle for sexual purity among Christians: appetites for food and sex are not the same.

Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

a. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods: The Corinthian Christians probably used this motto to justify giving their bodies whatever their bodies wanted. “My body wants food, so I eat. My body wants sex, so I hire a prostitute. What’s the problem?”

b. The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body: But Paul will not let them take that slogan, which applies to irrelevant food restrictions, and apply it to sexual immorality.

i. Because of our lustful sexual appetites, it may seem that God did make our bodies for sexual immorality. But God did not make our bodies that way; sinful Adam did. We see the wisdom in God’s design for the body and for sexual purity when we look at the problems of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. These are the price one pays in the body for using the body in a way the Lord never intended – the body is not for sexual immorality.

c. God will destroy both it and them: One day God will destroy our stomachs, in the sense of being dependent on food and affected by hunger (though there will be food and eating in heaven). Yet, our bodies themselves – in their moral character, relevant to our sexual conduct – will be raised up by the Lord at the resurrection. So what we do with our bodies in regard to food does not affect us in the same way as what we do with our bodies in regard to sex.

3. () A principle for sexual purity among Christians: our bodies are part of the body of Christ, and so should never be joined to a prostitute.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

a. Do you not know: Apparently, many of the Corinthian Christians did not know, and thought their sexual conduct with prostitutes had no connection to their relationship with Jesus.

b. Your bodies are members of Christ: When an individual Christian commits sexual immorality, it disgraces the entire body of Christ, linking the body of Christ to immorality.

c. He who is joined to a harlot is one body with her&#; one flesh: In their sexual relationship, a husband and wife become “one flesh” in a way that is under God’s blessing. In sex outside of marriage, the partners become “one flesh” in a way that is under God’s curse.

i. A person pursuing a casual sexual encounter may not want to become one flesh with their partner but in some spiritual sense, they do. Part of their self is given to that person, and it means there is less to give to the Lord and to the partner God intends for them. In the Biblical understanding of sex, there is no such thing as “casual sex.”

ii. Since we belong to Jesus – body, soul, and spirit – we have no right to give any part of our self away to an “unauthorized” person. “By being joined to her [a prostitute] in porneia the believer constitutes someone else, outside of Christ, as the unlawful lord over one’s own body.” (Fee)

iii. “Sex outside of marriage is like a man robbing a bank: he gets something, but it is not his and he will one day pay for it. Sex within marriage can be like a person putting money into a bank: there is safety, security, and he will collect dividends.” (Wiersbe)

d. He who is joined to the Lord: In the heat of lustful passion, spiritual things may seem far away. Yet, at the root of most lustful passion is the desire for love, acceptance, and adventure – all of which is far better, and more completely, satisfied in a one-spirit relationship with the Lord instead of with sexual immorality.

4. (18) A command for sexual purity among Christians: Flee sexual immorality.

Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

a. Flee: Paul doesn’t tell us to be brave and resist the lustful passion of sexual immorality, but to flee from its very presence. Many fall because they underestimate the power of lustful passion, or think they will “test” themselves and see how much they can “take.”

i. We should follow the example of Joseph, who fled from sexual immorality – even when it cost him something (Genesis ).

ii. “Some sins, or solicitations to sin, may be reasoned with; in the above cases, if you parley you are undone; reason not, but FLY!” (Clarke)

b. Flee sexual immorality: Paul does not say that Christians should flee sex, only sexual immorality. God gave sex as a precious gift to mankind, and uses it powerfully to bond husband and wife together in a true one-flesh relationship. So as Hebrews says, the marriage bed is undefiled – the sexual relationship between husband and wife is pure, holy, and good before God.

i. But sexual immorality works against God’s good purpose for sex, working against a true, godly one-flesh relationship. Sex outside of marriage can be exciting, but it can’t be enriching.

c. Sexual immorality: We are reminded Paul uses the Greek word porneia, which refers to a broad range of sexual sin. To flee sexual immorality means more than not having sexual intercourse with someone we are not married to.

i. It means to flee sexual gratification short of or apart from intercourse with someone we are not married to.

ii. It means to flee sexual gratification or thrills one might find from pornographic videos, movies, magazines, books, or Internet sites.

d. Sins against his own body: Paul isn’t saying sexual immorality is worse than any other sin, but he does teach that sexual sin has a unique effect on the body. The effect is physical, but it is also moral and spiritual.

5. () A principle and a command for sexual purity among Christians: glorify God in your body.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

a. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit: A temple is a place sacred to God and pure from immorality. If it is true we are filled with the Spirit, this truth must influence our sexual behavior. And if we commit sexual immorality as Christians, we pollute God’s temple.

i. Earlier in 1 Corinthians , Paul wrote that the church as a whole was the temple of the Holy Spirit. Now he says the same is true, in a spiritual sense, of individual Christians.

b. The Holy Spirit who is in you: Because our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, our bodies belong to God, and not to ourselves: You are not your own&#; for you were bought with a price.

i. Any honest person will take better care of something that doesn’t belong to them. Our bodies belong to God because He bought them. We don’t have the right to pollute and abuse God’s property!

ii. This principle applies to more than our sexual conduct. If our bodies belong to Jesus, we also have no right to be idle with, or wasteful of, what belongs to Him. Our bodies should be put to use glorifying God (Therefore glorify God in your body). “Your body was a willing horse when it was in the service of the devil, let it not be a sluggish hack now that it draws the chariot of Christ.” (Spurgeon)

c. The Holy Spirit who is in you: Because our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, God Himself lives within us. This means we have the strength, the power over the sins of the flesh living within us. We should expect sexual purity from Christians more than from those who are not, because they do not have God living within them as we do.

d. The Holy Spirit who is in you: Some Christians think that the devil cannot possess a Christian’s spirit or soul, but that a Christian’s body can be filled with demons, so that some Christians must have those demons cast out by another person. But Paul makes it clear that our bodies belong to Jesus just as much as our spirits. He is the owner of my body, and He is not subletting to demons.

e. God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s: Many old manuscripts end this chapter with the words glorify God in your body. The words and in your spirit may have been added by a scribe who thought it wasn’t “spiritual” enough to end the chapter talking about our bodies glorifying God.

i. Harry Ironside was right when he wrote, “Glorify God in your body and the spiritual side will take care of itself.”

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1 Corinthians chapter 6

New International Version

1 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord's people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord's people 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, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned 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 takes another to court--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 and sisters. 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 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.

12 I have the right to do anything,' you say--but not everything is beneficial. 'I have the right to do anything'--but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, 'Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.' The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 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 whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies.

English Standard Version

1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud&#;even your own brothers!

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. 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.

12 &#;All things are lawful for me,&#; but not all things are helpful. &#;All things are lawful for me,&#; but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 &#;Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food&#;&#;and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, &#;The two will become one flesh.&#; 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

King James Version

1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12 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. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

New American Standard Bible

1 Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to form the smallest law courts? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? 4 So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you anyone wise who will be able to decide between his brothers and sisters,6 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?

7 Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather suffer the wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 On the contrary, you yourselves do wrong and defraud. And this to your brothers and sisters!

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor those habitually drunk, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

12 All things are permitted for me, but not all things are of benefit. All things are permitted for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, however God will do away with both of them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14 Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are parts of Christ? Shall I then take away the parts of Christ and make them parts of a prostitute? Far from it! 16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, 'THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.' 17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.18 Flee sexual immorality. Every other sin that a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought for a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

New Living Translation

1 When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! 2 Don't you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can't you decide even these little things among yourselves? 3 Don't you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. 4 If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? 5 I am saying this to shame you. Isn't there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? 6 But instead, one believer sues another--right in front of unbelievers!

7 Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your fellow believers.

9 Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people--none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

12 You say, 'I am allowed to do anything'--but not everything is good for you. And even though 'I am allowed to do anything,' I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, 'Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.' (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can't say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.

15 Don't you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don't you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, 'The two are united into one.' 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Christian Standard Bible

1 If any of you has a dispute against another, how dare you take it to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Or don't you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the trivial cases? 3 Don't you know that we will judge angels--how much more matters of this life? 4 So if you have such matters, do you appoint as your judges those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame! Can it be that there is not one wise person among you who is able to arbitrate between fellow believers? 6 Instead, brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers!

7 As it is, to have legal disputes against one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves do wrong and cheat--and you do this to brothers and sisters! 9 Don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God's kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God's kingdom. 11 And some of you used to be like this. 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.

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 is for the stomach and the stomach for food," and God will do away with both of them. However, the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Don't you know that your bodies are a part of Christ's body? So should I take a part of Christ's body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not! 16 Don't you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh. 17 But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

18 Flee sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.

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Summary 1 corinthians 6

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, Paul discusses a variety of issues in the church. He addresses the issue of lawsuits between church members as well as encouraging people to take care of their body as each one is God’s temple.

Paul advised the people in the church at Corinth to avoid suing one another or taking one another to court over small things. He told the Corinthians that if they have problems with one another, they should consider taking the issue to the people in their church who they can trust.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 that settling your issues with believers was better than taking it to a group of non-believers in the Roman courts. The best thing was for Christians to not sue one another at all, but Paul said that he knew it was going to happen from time to time.

Paul explained in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 that bad people would not inherit God&#;s kingdom. He listed fornicators, adulterers, male prostitutes, thieves, idolaters, drunks, abusers and greedy people as some of the types of people that would not make it into God’s kingdom.

According to Paul, there were some people in the Christian church who were guilty of these kinds of sins and they were definitely going to be left out of God&#;s inheritance. However, many of them got baptized in Christ and their sins were washed away.

Since many believers in Corinth had their sins washed away, it appeared that they believed that they could do anything they wanted to do. However, Paul said this was not how it should be. Just because they were cleansed, they should not go around having sexual relations with many different people and eating anything they wanted. They had to treat their bodies properly. After all, their bodies belonged to God. They were His temples.

Besides, Paul explained, it was not like they would have their bodies left behind eventually. He reminded them that God would raise them up in the end. Paul reiterated that our bodies are not our own and, as a result, we cannot just sleep around with anyone and think God would be pleased.

1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12 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.

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God&#;s.

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Overview: 1 Corinthians

The Wrong Way to Right Wrongs

The Apostle Paul is dealing with the problem of lawsuits among brethren in this passage from First Corinthians 6. Just last week, I picked up a current issue of a Christian magazine and read a report concerning two Christian organizations that are both involved in smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. They are now suing each other before the courts in libel actions for damages. As I read the article I could not help but wonder if they had spent any time reading the Bibles they smuggle, because here in this passage Paul very clearly says that kind of thing among believers is very definitely wrong.

The apostle seems almost to change his subject in this section. In Chapter 5, which we looked at last week, remember that he was talking about immorality and lust and its problems in the church at Corinth. He dealt with a very serious case of incest that was widely known in the congregation there. In the closing part of Chapter 6 he returns to that subject, and deals with prostitution in Corinth and the Christians' relationship to that problem. But in between you have this section, the first eleven verses of Chapter 6, dealing with lawsuits among brethren. Perhaps somebody is saying, "Well, what has that got to do with lust?" The answer, of course, is that it has everything to do with it because it is a form of lust. Lawsuits usually arise out of greed, out of covetousness, out of a desire to retain certain material benefits. Therefore, a lawsuit is an attempt to force another person to yield to you what you regard as you "right," and this is really another form of lust. The dictionary definition of lust is: "Any obsessive craving or desire." So you can see how someone who is greedy, grasping, and determined to hang onto his "rights" -- especially regarding material matters -- is guilty of some form of lust, of making "things" more important than people. That is the problem here.

These first eleven verses divide very naturally into three subdivisions. The first thing the apostle says is lawsuits among brethren are stupid; they are ridiculous; they are foolish. Second, he says, lawsuits are shameful.Finally, Paul says they even raise suspicions as to the spiritual state of the ones involved. Notice how he brings in this subject, Verse 1:

When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, matters pertaining to this life! (1 Corinthians RSV)

The apostle does not use the word stupid here, but his implication is that these people are very foolish for doing what they are doing. They were obviously engaging in lawsuits, dragging them before the Roman courts, and having all their quarrels and dirty linen washed in public and settled by a secular court. This, the apostle says, is foolish, and he has two reasons for implying this.

First, he implies that it is an act of audacious boldness: "Dare any one of you having a grievance against his brother take it to a law court to settle?" His clear implication is that this is an audacious act; it is an outrageous act; it is a bold, daring thing to do. Paul implies that, of course, by the word he uses -- that one who does such is uncaring; he has reached the point where he does not care what anybody thinks or feels and he is acting regardless of the injuries that may be done to others. Paul then suggests, in the two questions he asks, that anybody who does such a thing is really an ignorant person: "Do you not know that the church is going to judge the world, and do not you know that the church is going to judge angels?"

In this chapter there are six occasions where the apostle asks the question, "Do you not know?" This is a little quiz he gives as to our theological knowledge, and he always bases our behavior on what we know or do not know about theology. (If you would like to take this little test, I suggest you do this. Years ago I gave this to some high school kids and most of them flunked it. Even though they had been going to church for years they did not know the answers to Paul's questions.)

These questions he asks imply a certain degree of knowledge that the Corinthians ought to have had. "Do you not know," he says, "that the saints will judge the world?" Surely he is referring to those passages both in the Gospels and in the Epistles where we are clearly told that when the Lord returns the saints are going to share the throne of judgment with him. We are to rule and to reign with Christ, and we are, therefore, entering into judgment with him. Now, just how we will do this we are never told. We are not told whether we are all assigned a little throne to sit on, and have a certain number of people come to us, or whether we divide up according to the alphabet, (I doubt that.) We are, however, to enter into the mind and heart of God as he examines the motives and hearts, the thoughts and innermost desires and urges of men. In Chapter 4, remember, Paul said that we are not to judge before the Lord comes who will examine the motives, the hidden things of the heart. But we are learning how to do that, and that is the point Paul is raising here. He does not mean to put down the systems of justice that were practiced in that day or any day. Paul admired and honored Roman law -- he himself called upon it for defense on occasion -- but he is saying that human law by its very nature has to deal with trivial, superficial things, with actions, and not with urges and deep, hidden desires and motives.

If you are familiar at all with law courts you know that is true. The law specifically prohibits the jury or the judges or the defense attorneys or anyone from probing too deeply into motives. Intent has to be established, but they cannot presume to judge why people act the way they do. The law is restricted to judging the actions as to whether they are injurious to others or not. Therefore, human law is at a rather shallow level of judgment. Paul is saying, "If you are learning during the course of your life" (presumably this is what we ought to be learning), "how to go deeper than actions, how to understand what is going on deep in the psyche of individuals, and why they act the way they do, and what is wrong and right about those feelings and urges and desires within you, then surely you ought to be competent to judge these simple cases that deal with the actions of human beings among yourselves without taking them to a court of law."

Then the apostle goes even further and says, "Do you not know that we are to judge angels?" Just think of that! We do not know much about angels. They are beings of a higher order than we are. They are not only different in culture, they are different in their very nature than we, and yet the amazing statement of Scripture is that God is preparing a people who are going to be so capable of delving into the motives, and hidden desires, and urges of all beings, that some day they will sit with him in judging the angels that have fallen.

There are two references in the New Testament to the judgment of angels. We are reminded in Second Peter that, "God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom to be kept until the judgment," (2 Peter RSV). And in the little book of Jude we are also told about "the angels that did not keep their own position buthave been kept by him in eternal chainsuntil the judgment of the great day," (Jude 6). Therefore it is the duty of all believers to learn how to judge -- that is one of the major reasons we are here on earth.

You can see Paul's argument then: "Is it not rather ridiculous that you people who are going to have to deal in such difficult and hidden and subtle matters as the judgment of the world and of angels cannot even settle these little squabbles among yourselves?" It is almost like having a mathematician who works with those great computers call in a ninth-grader and ask him for help to balance his checkbook. It's ridiculous, isn't it? So Paul's argument is that it is stupid to have lawsuits between brothers.

I do not think he means that Christians are never to go to law; sometimes that is impossible to avoid. If a lawsuit is brought against you, it may be necessary for you to defend it. In certain cases, at least, this may be the only way that justice can be brought out. Certainly Paul is not saying that it is impossible or wrong for Christians to settle claims with non-Christians before courts of law. It is between believers that it is wrong to go to law. Paul himself on one occasion stood on his rights as a Roman citizen and appealed to appear before the court of Caesar to have his case settled there. This indicates that it is not always wrong for a Christian to go to law. But Paul is not through yet. He says that lawsuits between brothers are shameful, Verse 4:

If then you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?

To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren. (1 Corinthians RSV)

You can almost hear the shocked tone of voice that is the apostle's here. He cannot believe that these Corinthians will actually forsake the cause of Christ to this degree. There are four things that Paul points out: The first is that lawsuits are shameful because they stoop to a lower level of judgment. I have already, in a sense, touched on that, but Verse 4 is a little difficult to translate because the Greek allows for three possible meanings of it. That is why some of your versions may differ from what I am reading here.

According to the Greek, it could be an imperative statement, i.e., the apostle is giving a command. It could read this way, "You Christians, lay these matters before those who are least esteemed in the church." But that seems to be rather senseless, because who would want to lay a difficult, troubling matter before somebody who is the least esteemed, the least respected in the congregation? So the translators have chosen, rather, to take one of the other alternatives.

One of these is that this could be an indicative statement, i.e., Paul is just saying what is going on: "You are laying these matters before those who are least esteemed in the church." But that suffers from the same drawbacks as the first one, so the translators have almost all chosen the third alternative which is that this is a question; it is interrogative: "Why do you do this?" Paul is questioning that, and what he means by "those who are least esteemed by the church" is a reference to the secular judges who are presiding over the courts of law in the world. He does not mean to dishonor them, as I have already said. He recognizes the limits of human law, but he is saying that a secular judge who does not understand the relationship of one Christian to another, who has no concept of the Fatherhood of God and the family life of believers, who does not understand that we are members one of another, and who does not see our relationship to Christ is, therefore, not to be highly esteemed as a judge of matters concerning believers. That is all he is saying.

And then he goes further yet. He says these judgments and these lawsuits between believers ignore a possible alternative that could be adopted. What are you going to do if this should happen to you -- you have an agreement with someone who is a brother in Christ and he ends up owing you money, and he has the money to pay it but he chooses to use it for other reasons? Well, the world would say, "Take him to court; take him to the law." That is what the courts are for -- to force him to pay money that he has agreed to pay. You can get your rights that way.

But that is the very thing the apostle says is not right for Christians. In fact, he says, when you do this you are passing by an alternative, and he suggests it here: "Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood? Why do you not select somebody in the congregation who understands the whole matter of relationships among Christians and ask him, or perhaps a group of people, to decide for you?" I am amazed at how little this is practiced today!

I have been involved in a couple of instances where I have been asked to serve in this capacity, but it is very rare. Yet I think it is something that ought to be more common than it is. Elders ought to expect to be asked to serve in this capacity. It is not that there will not be disagreements among Christians. They will come, and they do need to be adjudicated. But the apostle's point is that you have people available far more competent to settle these than any secular law or court would be because they understand things more deeply and more truly than any of the secular judges could. Therefore, he suggests, why not do that?

Then Paul has still a third thing to say about this, Verse 7: "To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you." No matter who wins the lawsuit, the gospel is still going to suffer. In the case of these two Christian organizations I mentioned that are going to law with one another, it really does not make any difference which one wins. As far as the cause of Christ is concerned it has already been degraded in the eyes of the watching world; no matter who wins the case, there are people that have been turned off already by the fact that believers are fighting each other in this open, aggressive way. What a lawsuit says to the watching world is, "You Christians are no better than we are; you do not have anything different than we have. You have to have a judge come and settle matters between you and force one to do the right thing. What have you got to offer us?"

The last thing Paul says is that there is still another alternative: "Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren." What he is suggesting here is that these matters that are brought for settlement cannot be all that important when you consider the damage and injury that would be done by bringing them to secular court to settle. After all, what is the loss of a few hundred dollars or a thousand dollars, or a hundred thousand dollars, if the whole cause of Christ and the gospel is going to lose attractiveness in the eyes of those who need it in the world around?

So Paul calls the Corinthians back to an awareness of what they do as believers in the eyes of others when they give way to these aggressive, self-centered, self-serving defensive methods which insist on getting their rights at all costs. I have mentioned this incident before, but there are many here who have not heard it. I will never forget the time when Dr. H. A. Ironside, with whom I have traveled, told me of an incident in his own life as a Christian. When he was only eight years old, or so, his mother took him to a meeting of the Brethren who were discussing some kind of difficulty among themselves. Evidently there was some terrible injustice that one felt others had done. Young Harry Ironside did not know what the trouble was, but it was clear they were deeply disturbed. He said that one man stood up and shook his fist and said, "I don't care what the rest of you do. I want my rights! That's all! I just want my rights!"

There was an old half-deaf Scottish brother sitting in the front row, and he cupped his hand behind his ear and asked this man, "Aye, brother, what's that ye say?" And the fellow said, "Well, all I said was that I want my rights. That's all." The old man said, "Your rights, brother, is that what you want, your rights? Why the Lord Jesus didn't come to get his rights. He came to get his wrongs, and he got them." Harry Ironside said, "I'll always remember how that fellow stood transfixed for a little while. Then he dropped his head and said, 'You're right, brother, you're right. Settle it any way you like.'" And in a few moments the whole thing was settled.

What we should never forget is that, as believers, we are called to demonstrate a different life style before the world, one in which we are ready to surrender personal rights for the cause that we serve. Paul is going to develop this more and more in this letter. There is nothing more characteristic of a believer than his willingness to surrender, even at his own cost and hurt, some personal right so that the cause of the gospel may prevail.

After the service this morning I was chatting with a Christian businessman and he told me how, when somebody accused him of overcharging or of taking advantage in business, he has made it a practice all of his life to say to them, "Well, how much is involved?" When he learned the amount he would say, "Well then forget it. I don't want that money. I don't agree with you, but if you feel it is yours I would rather you had the money than to fight with you." And it would shock the individual involved and oftentimes open a door for a witness that he had never opened up to anyone before. This is what Paul says is so important. But he is still not through. He has a third thing to say, Verse 9:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals [sexual perverts], not thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians RSV)

What ties this section with that which has gone before is found in the word in Verse 8, "But you yourselves wrong," and the word in Verse 9, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" Those are the same basic root words. What Paul is really saying is, "Look, when you are so aggressive in defense of your own rights that you take another brother to law before a secular court, you are wronging that brother. Even though you may be right in your cause, you are wronging your brother, and that wronging, that unjust action, gives rise to the question, 'Have you yourself ever been justified before God?'" That is what Paul is saying. To treat another unjustly makes one ask if you have ever been justified, and he says the unjustified, the unrighteous, the unregenerate cannot inherit the kingdom of God if they are committed to these things that he lists as a life style.

Now he surely does not mean that those who have been involved in these things cannot be saved, for he goes on to say, "such were some of you"; they have come out of it. But what he is saying, very clearly, is that these things cannot be continued as a lifestyle for Christians. Conversion makes a visible difference, and if it does not, there is room to question whether there has ever been a conversion.

You recall that incident in the Gospels Luke ) when Jesus came into Jericho and he saw Zacchaeus, the tax collector, up in a tree, Jesus called him down and went to his home for lunch and afterwards Zacchaeus came out and began to give away his money. He began to repay those from whom he had stolen, and repay them not only the amount he had stolen, but four times as much. Nobody has ever doubted that Zacchaeus was converted from that day on -- it changed his whole life. His attitude changed so completely that his behavior began to alter almost immediately. This is what Paul is saying.

This morning we read together the passage Paul writes to Timothy where he says: "God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: 'The Lord knows those who are his,' [that is God's side of it. He reads the heart, but you and I cannot see that. The way we tell is:] Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity," (2 Timothy RSV). That is the way you tell if somebody is a believer in Christ. To try to go on living in a lifestyle involving any of these things -- fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, thieving, greediness, alcoholism, reviling, stealing, robbing, etc. -- all of these are entirely incompatible and inconsistent with a Christian profession. Those who go on living this way are simply giving testimony that they have never become a Christian.

Notice how Paul closes this on a rather practical and positive note: "Such were some of you." He says, "I know there must be some among you, and because you are carrying it this far and getting involved in lawsuits, etc., you are really giving testimony that you never were changed, but that is not true of most of you. Such were some of you." "But," he says, "the rest of you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus. Therefore, I can count on the fact that you are going to change your way of approach to life."

He then lists the three things that make the change, not in the order of their experience, but in reverse order. It really begins with justification, "You were justified," he says. "You came to the place where you quit trying to earn anything from God, to earn your salvation. You acknowledged the fact that Christ had paid it for you in your place, and on the basis of your trust in what he had done for you God counted you righteous; God gave you the gift of acceptance before him, and you were justified. Then that began the process by which you were sanctified. The Holy Spirit began to speak to you about the need to change your attitude and your behavior." I was with a couple just last night and they were telling me about how they were married in Soledad Prison shortly after becoming Christians. They were in there involved with drugs and all kinds of evil things, but their attitude was so changed by this conversion experience that all that they had once done -- though it still had a hold on them in some ways and they struggled with it -- was offensive and repulsive to them. The woman put it in a very straightforward way. She said, "When I think of all the things I did, it was 'yuk' to me!" That is being sanctified. Finally, there is a washing. You actually change your behavior; you start acting differently. This is what was happening here in Corinth. These people were behaving quite differently. They had actually been cleansed by the change in their heart, made, Paul says, by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Now that is what conversion is all about. That is what Christianity is all about. It is clear from this whole passage that the testimony of Christians before the watching world is that of showing a loving concern for others instead of ourselves. The selfish spirit of, "I've got to have my rights at all costs" is broken within us, and we are even willing to suffer loss and be defrauded that the name of Christ may be advanced. That is what makes the world begin to sit up and take notice. When people do not see that attitude they tend to say, "Your gospel is no different than anything we've got, so we're not interested in it."

Well, did I miss anybody? If I did not hit you this morning, raise your hand and I will be glad to have a little private session with you. That gets us all, does it not? It sure gets me. But what a forthright and faithful word. How it lifts us above the petty squabbles we can get involved in to see the whole cause of Christ, and what our individual actions can do to that cause in the world.

Prayer

Father, teach us now by this word to understand more thoroughly the great sweep of Scripture extending even beyond this life where we are learning things and principles that we will be putting into practice in the life to come. Help us to understand that we need to already begin to live in terms of that world, and that life, and thus manifest to the watching world around us a totally new life style. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

Sours: https://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/1-corinthians/the-wrong-way-to-right-wrongs

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That’s A Good Question – 1 Corinthians 6

As we look at 1 Corinthians 6, we’ll see a repeated question. “Do you not know?” Paul is talking to the believers at Corinth and is trying to help them understand the truth about certain matters. Jesus used a similar question in his teaching in Mark and Paul teaches the believers about:

Lawsuits

The Greeks were known for their courts. Litigation was a part of everyday life. People would sue over nothing. Sounds like our day today! In verses , Paul addresses the believers who were doing business together and then suing each other. The church was losing its witness. This passage has been abused and misunderstood so let’s look at what it does and does not say. Paul says that the church should seek to settle family matters. Believers will one day judge the world. Jesus will rule and reign, and according to Daniel , Revelation and , we will rule and reign with Him. We will also judge the angels (2 Pet. , Jude 6). If we will one day judge the world and angels, don’t you believe God has given us the wisdom, truth, justice, love, equity, and kindness needed to settle the “smallest matters”? These are matters that are trivial, frivolous, pretty. The context is believers taking each other to court for personal gain or revenge. This verse does not mean a Christian can never go to court. Some matters are not small or trivial and they have to be handled by a court. Additionally, the church should not try to handle matters that are crimes. We have to balance 1 Corinthians 6 with Romans 13, that government and courts are used by God. Verses lead us to ask the question, “Is it worth it?” What will suing a fellow believer do to the name of Jesus? It is better to lose financially than to lose spiritually. Believers should settle out of court whenever possible.

Lostness

The next subject Paul addresses is lostness. In verse 9 he gives a long list of sins/unrighteous ways of living. People are not lost because they live this way. They live this way because they are lost. Paul urges the believers to “not be deceived.” Don’t get suckered in to believing a lie. Don’t think there is no heaven, no hell, and no judgement day. Paul is not talking about people who have ever committed one of these sins, but those are practicing these things. It is their habitual lifestyle. If you are a Christian, you have been washed! You have been cleansed and given a new start! He’s urging them to live like it.

Liberty

In verse 12, Paul addresses Christian freedom. Believers were using their freedom as a license to sin. “All things are lawful” was a common saying. Sin is never to our advantage! “Is it lawful?” is not the right question. “Is it helpful and beneficial?” is the right question. Sin will always bring you under its control. It will enslave you. If you can’t stop doing it then you are in bondage. Those who are free have self-control.

Lordship

As Paul concludes the chapter, we read that these matters and more are all a matter of lordship. In verses he’s talking about sexual immorality. Believers can’t use the excuse that we all have needs. When you get hungry you eat. When you get thirsty you drink. When you get the biological urge you act on it. No! We are made in the image of God. A Christian cannot do anything that does not involve the Lord.  Wherever you go, you take the Lord with you because you are indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God. Think about this question: If Jesus was standing right beside you… would you do it? He is there! Our bodies belong to God. He created us and redeems us. We should flee anything that goes against His plan for us. Flee means run like crazy!

Jesus died and rose from the dead to be Lord of all. He is Lord over our business matters, legal matters, sexual matters, relational matters, physical matters, spiritual matters. Is he Lord over your life? One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the father. On that day it will be too late to change your mind. Confess Jesus as your Lord today.

 

 

 

Sours: https://libertylive.church//06/24/thats-a-good-questioncorinthians-6/


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