1 CORINTHIANS 6.1-20 - SKETCHING. BY FABIAN MASSA.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.


In this chapter, the author addresses the following topics:

1. Litigation before unbelievers 1 to 11
2. Immorality within the congregation 12 to 20


1. Litigation before unbelievers 1 to 9

Paul points out that it is bad enough that they have hair between them (verse 7), but they also had another big problem, because the church authorities did not mediate their conflicts, so they went to secular courts (verse 1).

In verse 2 he seems to address the leaders and reproaches them for not taking the trouble to judge in the brothers' pelts: "2 Or do you not know that the saints are to judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge very small things? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge the angels? How much more the things of this life? 4 If therefore ye have judgments concerning things of this life, do ye stand to judge them which are of least esteem in the church? "It is clear that the spiritual must judge all things (1 Corinthians 2:15).

And in verse 5 it gives the key to why no one was in the hair: there would be no one competent. "5 To be ashamed I say so. For what is there not a wise man among you, even one, that can judge between his brethren, 6 but a brother with a brother pleads in judgment, and this before unbelievers? "

Paul explains that those who live according to the deeds of the flesh and are unjust, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, cursed or swindlers, will not inherit the kingdom of God (cf. Galatians 5: 19-21)

The center of this first part is the obligation to judge situations and define them as good or bad and to act accordingly, indicating the corrections, explaining them in the light of Scripture. The Corinthians could not expect a fair trial of their problems from the pastors of the Church, because they had no wisdom or did not understand that they should judge. Any similarity with the Church of the XXI Century is pure coincidence.


2. Immorality within the congregation 12 to 20

The Corinthians lived in an idolatrous city, with more than twelve pagan temples, among which was the one of Aphrodite, which was characterized by the idolatrous prostitution of their priestesses. Paul warns them that the body is not to fornicate with the prostitutes of Aphrodite (6.13-15). The one who joins a prostitute, a body is with her (6.16 cf. Gen.2.24)

The body of the believer is the Temple of the Holy Spirit (6.19), and this is the true Temple of the Age of Grace, not the four walls of the Church: A model building, with many dependencies and innumerable "Ministries" where its members have no ability to understand (and therefore not obey) Scripture.

Communion is in the Spirit, (6.17) when we understand and obey what Jesus says and thus we become his disciples (John 8:31) and closes the chapter by saying: "20 For you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are of God. "


It is obvious that the problems presented in this section are the fruit of the carnality of the congregation and its leaders.


1 CORINTHIANS 6.1-20 - SKETCHING. BY FABIAN MASSA.
1 CORINTHIANS 6 SKETCH.

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