Do Not Sue the Brethren: 6:1-11.
(Read 1 Cor 6:1-11)
Paul now deals with civil dispute among the believers in the church. Some of the Corinthians approached the pagan judges to settle their disputes. Paul asks the Corinthians “Don’t you know some day we will judge the world”. He again asks “Don’t you realize that we will judge angels?” (1 Cor 6:3; 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 6). Paul asks “Can’t you settle these little things among yourselves?” (1 Cor 6:5). It is shameful that a brother is suing another brother before unbelievers. They are joint heirs of the kingdom of God. They should not bring lawsuits against one another. It would be better to suffer the wrong committed to them than to pursue and inflict further injury on fellow believers (1 Cor 6:8). Christian faith produces godly character and behavior. They should surrender their rights and forgive those who harm them. Those who practice sin will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9). Paul warns that “Don’t be deceived”. Genuine believer does not practice sin because he has a new identity and nature (1 John 3:9). True faith always produces good works (Ephesian 2:8-10). Paul indicates that there were some in the church who indulged in the sins mentioned in verse 10. But now they are washed, sanctified and justified. God accomplished this gracious work for them through Christ and by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:11). Paul wonders, when Corinthians believers are so blessed, how could they turn to human court to settle their disputes? When God saved us, He has given us the power to live for his glory. No one will be able to live a sinless life until Jesus returns. Only then we will be completely restored to His image. Until then we must grow in purity by the help of the Holy Spirit. Pray for the grace to forgive as you have been forgiven.
Glorify God in your Body: 6:12-20.
(Read 1 Cor 6:12-20)
Paul confronts those who engage in sexual sin and explains that Christian liberty is not a license to practice sin. In fact the salvation provides powerful motivation to resist sin and live a holy life. Paul says “All things are lawful for me but not everything is of benefit to me”. We must not become slave to sinful habits. One of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self control (Gal 5:22). Living according to the scriptures is a satisfying and liberating Christian experience. The believers should not be controlled by the temporary pleasures of this world but by the Holy Spirit. Our bodies are made for the Lord’s glory and not for sexual immorality. The believers receive spiritual power through their union with Christ’s death and resurrection. The ultimate purpose of the body will be fulfilled in the resurrection of the body (1 Cor 6:14). “You were bought with a price, so glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:19-20). Our body is intended to be the temple of the Holy Spirit by virtue of Christ’s redemptive work (6:15; Acts 20:28). It is inconceivable, one can be joined to Christ and to the body of harlot at the same time (6:16; Gen 2:24). The believer who is joined to the Lord receives His Life-giving Spirit and become one with Him (1 Cor 6:17). Sexual immorality is the sin against own body. Paul warns that believers should not abuse their bodies because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit (6:19; Gen 39:9-12). The local church is also called the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16). God is the source of strength for living the Christian life. Pray that God would help you to live a holy life (Rom 13:14).