1 Cor. 6:1-11 Things God expects you to know Part.1
As You glance at the whole scope of this sixth chapter of the book of 1st Cor.
You see that over and over Paul addresses Church ‑with the challenge, Don't you know?"
A) And you get the hint of a bit a sarcasm in Paul’s voice when he writes this as if he is saying "You who profess to be so clever and intellectual can it be that you are ignorant of these basic facts?"
B) In this Ch. Paul asks them six questions that fall into two divisions.
C) Notice the first three v.2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?
(6:3)‑ 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels?
(6:9). Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
In other words, focus "Remember what you are."
Look at the next three (6:15)‑ Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
(6:16, 17)‑ 16 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." 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him
(6:19, 20). 19 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?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's
In other words- "Remember to whom you belong."
Remember what you are !!!!
With that in Mind lets look at the first part of the Ch. V.1-11
Problem - Legal disputes Believers suing each other / going to court
A) Paul says this ought not to be ( Affected Churches Witness)
B) 1st - thing you ought to know 2 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?
Now we know that Christ will be the one that judges the world, but we are one in Christ and so in him we will be participating in the judgment of the world.
Now if that awesome responsibility is to be placed upon the church in Christ, then surely we should be able to judge in these small matters exist between brothers.
And differences should be resolved if possible within the church.
Now Paul is not saying that, if necessary, that we should not take legal recourse.
A) He is dealing, first of all, with a situation within the church itself.
B) There are issues outside the Church - need to deal w/
Paul himself, when he was getting the political run around, before Festus, when Festus said, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and face these charges?"
And he'd already spent two years waiting for justice to be done there in the prison in Caesarea. And Paul realizing this is just one more little political go round and he said, "I appeal unto Caesar." And he exercised his right as a Roman citizen, made his appeal to Caesar.
Continuing the answer Paul reveals the 2nd thing we ought to know
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
Fallen Angels which did not keep their first estate. Who with Satan, rebelled against the authority of God
And Jude tells us that they are being reserved in chains awaiting the day of judgment.
Now again, Christ will be, no doubt, the one figure of judgment against the angels,
but we are in Christ and we are associated with Christ, we are together with him, joined with him in the kingdom age as one with him.
And so we join in him even in the judgment of angels.
Paul is Challenging the Church to not become shortsighted
A) Whether you are talking about little petty disputes or - as in this case believers taking each other to court
B) Paul’s point is to cause us to see we are called to higher things - eternal things -
C) Really all that important some of the things that we get so worked up about ?
Guy we need to keep eternity in view -
A) Jesus store up treasure - seek 1st the kingdom
B) Paul - know our inheritance !
C) Book of Ex. Blue cord - blue yarn - remind them of Heaven -
GUYS KNOW WHO YOU ARE - KNOW WHAT YOU ARE CALLED TO
A) No time for - getting side tracked by this stuff -
2Pet. 1 has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1Cor. 6: 5 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?
6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
Again I detect a bit of sarcasm in Paul’s voice - that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
The Corinthians boasted of their great spiritual gifts. Why, then, did they not use them in solving their problems?
If the saints will one day help rule the entire earth, they surely are able to rule themselves within the church now.
When Christians have earthly quarrels and disputes among themselves, it is inconceivable that those who will rule eternally should try to settle them through tribunals run by unbelievers, by judges who are of no account in the church.
If two Christian parties cannot agree between themselves, they should ask fellow Christians to settle the matter for them, and be willing to abide by that decision. The poorest equipped believer, who seeks the counsel of God’s Word and Spirit, is much more competent to settle disagreements between fellow believers than is the most highly trained and experienced unbelieving judge who is devoid of divine truth.
Biblical illiteracy - unwillingness to submit to God and selfishness - leading causes
A) Magee story - Pastor such & such ( Did right thing - are you willing to present this before the Elders -……
B) If they vote in my favor yes / if not no !!!!
the believers were presenting a poor testimony to the lost.
Even the unbelieving Jews dealt with their civil cases in their own synagogue courts. To take the problems of Christians and discuss them before the “unjust” and “unbelievers” was to weaken the testimony of the Gospel.
FACT IS NO ONE WINS WHEN BROS GO TO COURT !!!!V.7
7 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?
8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
Even if some of them won their cases, they had incurred a far greater loss in their disobedience to the Word of God. “Now, therefore, there is utterly a FAILURE among you”/
V.7 can be translated, “It is already a complete defeat for you.”
Paul was certainly referring to our Lord’s teaching in Matthew 5:39-42. Better to lose money or possessions than to lose a brother and lose your testimony as well.
The right attitude of a Christian is to rather be wronged, to rather be defrauded, than to sue a fellow Christian.
It is far better to lose financially than to lose spiritually.
Even when we are clearly in the legal right, we do not have the moral and spiritual right to insist on our legal right in a public court.
If the brother has wronged us in any way, our response should be to forgive him and to leave the outcome of the matter in God’s hands.
The Lord may give or take away. He is sovereign and has His will and purpose both in what we gain and in what we lose.
We should gratefully accept that.
When Peter asked Jesus how often he should forgive a brother who sinned against him, the Lord replied, “seventy times seven” UNLIMITED
To illustrate the principle, Jesus told the parable of the unforgiving slave.
a) After being forgiven a huge, unpayable sum by the king, the man refused to forgive a fellow slave for small amount and was handed “over to the torturers” by the irate king.
“So shall My heavenly Father also do to you,” Jesus said, “if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart” (vv. 23–35).
Because God in Christ has forgiven each us of such great sin against Himself, no Christian has the right to be unforgiving, especially of fellow Christians.
If he is unforgiving, the Lord will deliver him to chastening until he repents or is removed.
If we are wronged or defrauded we should be forgiving, not bitter.
If we cannot convince the brother to make things right, and if he will not listen to fellow believers, we are better off to suffer the loss or the injustice than to bring a lawsuit against him.
Now by going to court the Corinthians were acting like unbelievers
A) Instead of living in stark contrast to the world they were becoming more like the world !
B) Paul mentions the 3rd thing that they should know - v. 9 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,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul writing to the Galatians in chapter 5 declares, "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary one to the other so that you cannot do the things that you would, but if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh which are manifest are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft [which is in the Greek "pharmachia" the use of drugs], hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like of the which I've told you before as I've also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
GUYS THAT IS PRETTY PLAIN
A) Paul said don't be deceived. A lot of people are deceived into thinking that they can live however they please and still inherit the kingdom of God.
B) Not so. And thus these words should come as a searchlight to our own hearts.
C) Now we are going to look at this list in detail next week -
But I believe Paul is not suggesting that because they had taken their brother to court that they had lost their salvation
But He was Challenging them to consider where they are really at !
How are they living - has there been a change - what are the Characteristics
Quite frankly there are many who name the name of Christ - not saved - still living for their flesh .
V.11 11 And such were some of you. AWESOME
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.
Though that may have been a part of your past life, that's where it should be, in the past life. If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, and the old things are passed away. But what do I say if the old things are not passed away? Then obviously you're not a new creation. Don't be deceived. Do not be deceived in taking the grace of God as a cloak for lasciviousness thinking because the grace of God is covering my life, I can live as I please after the flesh.
Justification - Blown away
Sanctification - New life
A) How can I live in sin & think that I am right w/ God
Malcolm Wild - If the Son of God was separated from God - because of our sin - what makes you think that we can live in sin & still be ok w/ God
All the way through this epistle Paul adopts the principle that the mightiest drawing power to lift a man out of carnality, worldliness and sinfulness is the cross of Christ.
We need to remember how we have been redeemed, what we are in the sight of God, and to whom we belong, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul simply reminds them that they are not their own; they have been bought with a price.