1 Corinthians 6
1 Corinthians 6
Members of the church in Corinth are not only disagreeing with one another, but have dissention to the point where they are taking each other to court before unbelieving judges. Paul points out that they will one day judge the angels and this very world; why can they not find someone wise within the body who can arbitrate such disputes between brothers without going outside? Even worse, however, is that members of the body are suing each other; they have already lost at that point. Who is so holy and perfect to demand justice and perfection of another; where is the grace? Where is the humility?
Within the body, those who are engaged in ongoing lifestyles characterized by sin (such as fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, stealing, coveting, substance abuse, criticizing, or cheating) will not inherit eternity with God. Many have practiced these in the past, but only those who have been washed, sanctified, and justified in Christ will inherit the Kingdom. Once we become believers, all things are lawful, but not all are beneficial. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and are to be dedicated to Him, not to immoral lifestyle practices that uniquely sin against our own bodies. Our bodies and souls have been bought at a great price; we are to glorify God who redeemed us.
We are to humbly settle disputes peacefully between each other; if we need help, find someone wise within the body who can dispassionately hear both sides and render a decision and abide by that. We are to live in peace and humility with one another, not looking to pick fights and hold ourselves as superior to our brothers. None of us is perfect, we have all sinned and have pasts that only Jesus’ blood has wiped clean so that we can be part of His Heaven-bound family. While Jesus’ death set us free, our choice is what to do with that freedom. We can engage in an immoral lifestyle that joins us to Satan’s agenda, or we can submit ourselves to God and start living now the eternal life He has planned for us. The choice is ours. He paid for us; what kind of return on His investment are we going to give Him?
Dear God, thank you for loving us so abundantly that through the sacrifice of Jesus you purchased us, not knowing what return you would get on that priceless investment of your Son’s blood. Thank you for loving us enough to give us the gift of freedom. Lord, help us submit to You and to each other, to live lives of peace and humility, to live lives that are fully submitted to You. Thank you that You endlessly forgive us when we fail; help us to fully accept and live in the forgiveness you daily extend to us, and help us to extend that grace, that love, that forgiveness to those around us, especially in the body.
Posted on Thu, April 2, 2015
by Kevin Werner