1 Corinthians 6

 

1Corinthains  6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

1Co 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?

So many quote the words of Jesus about judging and even the words of Paul about judging sometimes to excuse sin. I will include a few:

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Mat 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Luk 12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 

Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Rom 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Rom 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

So we see all these scriptures telling us not to judge and now Paul who also told us not to judge, tells us to judge. Jesus also told us not to judge but later He said to judge not according to appearance but judge righteous judgments.

We have to judge by the word and judge according to the spirit and not according to the flesh.

The kind of judgment that is warned against is judging by outward appearance, making assumptions, judging by rumors, judging unfairly, judging with respect of persons, judging someone for something we do ourselves or judging someone for things that we may not do but do things that would be considered equally wrong.

In order to have law and order in our countries, we have to judge what is wrong and infringes upon the right of a free society to live in peace. A church also can't operate if they have people running around in a disorderly fashion and there is no order in our services. Children have to behave, people have to know when to talk and when to keep silence or we can't have church services with reverence and order so that the word of God can't be presented. So there is a place for judgment but it has to be done in righteousness, not in false accusations, gossip, assumptions, petty things, and judging according to appearances.

Paul is saying that we should not go to the law to sue one another, when we can go to our own brothers and sisters in Christ and let them help us discern what is right and wrong. So there is a place for judgment but it must be done in a correct manner.

Favoritism, prejudice, assumptions and hate must not be among us if we have to make sound judgments. We must judge by the spirit and the word.

Yet to sum up it all. If we would love God with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves, walk in the spirit and adhere to the word, we would be able to make righteous judgments as Christ told us to do.

1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

Those that are "in Christ" at the day of the resurrection and Christ's return will judge the unbelievers and even the angels that sinned.

1Co 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

1Co 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?

A wise person that is not influenced by respect of persons and who is wise in the word is one that should be looked to for judgment. One would be preferable who judged with compassion and forgiveness rather than harshness. It would have to be a fair-minded person not given to losing one's temper and flying off the handle when things went the least bit wrong.

1Co 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

He was pointing out how ridiculous it is for us to go to unbelieving judges for instruction instead of turning to our own fellow believers for judgment.

1Co 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? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

We should have such love for one another that we would prefer to lose what we had to please our brethren than to win an argument or gain the disputed items. Wouldn't it be better to be the one cheated than to be the one doing the cheating? Wouldn't it be better to suffer loss than to be the one taking from someone else? Winners are not always winners in the long run.

1Co 6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

1Co 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,

1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

He is reminding us what things are of real true value and worth keeping. If we act like the world we are in danger of losing our souls. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Fornicators (sexual sin), idolaters (those that covet things) as well as those the worship idols or images, adulterers (unfaithful in marriage), effeminate (To make womanish, to unman, to weaken, to wear soft clothing to be as a woman if one is a man), abusers with mankind (homosexual, sodomites), thieves, covetous (also a form of idolatry), drunkards, revilers (trouble makers or brawlers), or extortionists (those that extort money from employers or those that cheat and deceive to gain materially).

The true riches are the spiritual things that no one can take away from us. The things of this life are not worth fighting about.

1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but 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.

This is what our goals should now be. We who have turned from sin and turned to Christ by believing in His death, burial and resurrection have been washed from sin, sanctified by the word and have received the Holy Spirit which is the living water making us justified or just as if we had never sinned. Having all that, Paul is urging us not to return to the weak, stupid stuff we use to worry about before we were saved. We have better things now. Why return to that things that use to defile us?

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Paul may have the power or freedom to do as he pleases but it is not in the best interests of the gospel and the good of other believers if he indulges in the desires of the flesh.

1Co 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

The old body and its desires is going to be destroyed. The body is not for fornication or sexual sin, it is in use temporarily while we are still in the old body, by the Lord to spread the gospel and influence for good. We now should yield our bodies to live holy before God and walk in the spirit instead of the flesh, which desires old things that should have passed away when we first came to Christ.

1Co 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

1Co 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 a harlot? God forbid.

1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Once we have been "born again" by the spirit of God, we shame ourselves if we commit fornication. Paul here could be referring to what was discussed in previous chapters about the man who was committing adultery with his father's wife.

1Co 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?

We are now temples of the Holy Ghost. The kingdom of God is now within us. We are not to be partakers of sexual immorality and defile the temple.

Normal sexual relations should be in the bounds of marriage, not outside of it. Marriage from the beginning was male and female. Fornication is sex outside of marriage, unnatural sex, perversion, sodomy, bestiality, and adultery. All these bring shame upon us who should be temples of the Holy Spirit.

1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Fornication cannot possibly bring glory to God. We are to live holy so that God is glorified by our lives in the body and in the spirit. Christ paid the price and a high price at that for our salvation, we now have a higher calling.  Why return to that which defiles degrades and destroys the body when we can have eternal life and the living water within our souls. 

Spiritual fornication would be idolatry, covetness etc. or something that takes our time and love away from God. We are to glorify God in body and in spirit.

If we do this we are blessed indeed.

1Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

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