1 Corinthians 6
The following is speaking about lawsuits between members of the body of believers. Paul backs the instructions of Jesus Christ the HEAD of the body in Matthew 18. We are to do our best to try and work out our disputes and if that cannot be done then we are to go to the Ekklesia for a judgment, based on the whole Word of God.
1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 6:2 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?
6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge [oversee, supervise, rule over; angels in the future] angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
Paul is here referring to the command of Jesus Christ in Matthew 18:15-20. Paul shames them by saying that the least in the Ekklesia should have more spiritual wisdom than the unconverted.
6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 6:5 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? 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
What is to be done if the oither side will not accept a man of faith judging the dispute? Jesus tells us plainly in Matthew 18 that such a one is to be rejected from the brotherhood.
6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? [Jesus Christ also commanded us to endure the wrong and forgive (Mat 18:21-22)] why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
The situation today of the divisions in the brotherhood is only exacerbated by going to the public law against one another. Does that engender peace and reconciliation, or does it engender high costs, hard feelings and more division?
6:9 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 [homosexuals], 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
6:11 And such were some of you: but [but if you sincerely repent and commit to “Go and sin no more”] 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.
Let us NOT go back into the swill that we were delivered out of! Let us not tolerate any leaven of willful sin remaining within us or within our religious associations!
6:12 All things [that] are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: [Just because something is lawful does not make it a wise thing to do in all circumstances.] all things [that] are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
We should not blindly bow to idols of men without checking and proving every word of men by the whole Word of God. To blindly follow men places us in the power of such men; and makes us the servants of men, and not the servants of God.
We must not be addicted to, or controlled by anything. That is one reason why we should not smoke or take drugs or voluntarily subject ourselves to others as in voluntary military service. Even alcohol although lawful is not to be taken in excess.
6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them [all flesh will perish and eating meat is lawful as long as it has been sanctified as clean and lawful to consume by the scriptures (Deu 14, Lev11)]. Now the body is not for fornication [pornea: all biblically unlawful sexual activity], but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
We are to be separated from sin and set apart to holiness; therefore we are not to become “one flesh” with others outside of marriage; because marriage is an allegory of the called out becoming one spirit in a permanent relationship with Christ.
We have espoused ourselves to Christ and if we remain faithful to HIM and keep all of his teachings, internalizing his very nature and Spirit of God the Father: We shall be chosen as a part of his permanent spiritual bride and given eternal life with HIM!
6:14 And God [the Father] hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 6:15 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.
6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
Why then will we be joined and become one with a false religion or a false doctrine?
To be joined with and to mix God’s Word with false teachings on doctrine or prophecy is contrary to God’s Word. Such spiritual pornea makes us one with the evil false teachings; for even a little leaven leavens the whole lump.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit [with God].
And he that is joined with a false spirit is committing spiritual adultery against his espoused Lord!
6:18 Flee fornication. [flee from all pornea both physical and spiritual.] Every sin that a man doeth is without [outside his own body] the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
Physical pornea defiles our body because it makes us one flesh with sinners, and spiritual pornea defiles our spirit and our relationship with Jesus Christ and is the sin of pornea against the Husband of our baptismal commitment, Jesus Christ.
6:19 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? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We belong to God and Jesus Christ. Our life has been redeemed from death at a great price. To then go consorting with foreign gods, unscriptural teachings and idols of men, is an affront to the Majesty on High.
You men: How long would you put up with a wife who goes whoring after other men? Why should you then, go whoring after other gods?
Do such actions not devalue your relationship to nothing? You become just one man among many to your wife. And does not your God become just one God among many idols to you?
If you want the truth: then go to the source of all truth: the Word of Almighty God.
If you want to be deceived into the foolishness of carnal man; then go study the false doctrines of commandment rejecting men. The carnal [unconverted person] man cannot understand spiritual matters!
Paul tells us so. God’s Word tells us so. Why go to the unconverted seeking spiritual enlightenment when they are in the depths of spiritual darkness and spiritual blindness?
Can a man serve two masters? Can a woman serve two husbands? Can any house with divided affections long stand? Can a person serve both God and idols?
God the Father and Jesus Christ WILL NOT TOLERATE DIVIDED AFFECTIONS; Jesus said so (Mat 10:32-37).
Our espoused Husband is a Majestic and Awesome King and High Priest. If we demonstrate no respect for him: Why should he have any respect for us?
Brethren; there is a very great sin among God’s people: it is the sin of Spiritual Adultery and Spiritual Idolatry in following the false traditions of men.
We accept teachings that contradict God’s Infallible Word; and we exalt mortal men by accepting them as our ultimate moral authority making them our idols in place of: THE WORD OF GOD!