Scripture: I Corinthians 6

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READ and STUDY the WORD

1 Corinthians 6:1-20 (WEB) Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbor, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Don’t you know that we will judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have to judge things pertaining to this life, do you set them to judge who are of no account in the assembly? I say this to move you to shame. Isn’t there even one wise man among you who would be able to decide between his brothers? But brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers! Therefore it is already altogether a defect in you, that you have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? No, but you yourselves do wrong and defraud, and that against your brothers. Or don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortionists, will inherit God’s Kingdom. 11 Some of you were such, but you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God. 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are expedient. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be brought under the power of anything. 13 “Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods,” but God will bring to nothing both it and them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14 Now God raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up by His power. 15 Don’t you know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or don’t you know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body? For, “The two”, he says, “will become one flesh.”  17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin that a man does is outside the body,” but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who will judge the world (I Corinthians 6:2a)? The saints will judge the world.

2. What then are the saints worthy (competent) to do (I Corinthians 6:2b)? The saints are competent to judge the smallest matters (trivial cases).

3. Who will the saints judge (I Corinthians 6:3)? The saints will judge angels.

4.  Where should saints be judged and whom should judge them (I Corinthians 6:4)? Disagreements should be judged in the church by members.

5. Why did Paul think believers might be going to secular courts (before unbelievers) to have their disagreements settled (I Corinthians 6:5-6)? Paul thought there was not a wise man among the church members who could judge the members.

6. Why do you believe Paul warned the Corinthians about going to secular courts (I Corinthians 6:7-8)? My Bible notes: Perhaps the judge and the jury would not be sensitive to believers’ values. Perhaps the basis for going to court was revenge, which should never be a Christian’s motive.  Additionally, lawsuits could make the church look bad and keep unbelievers from joining.

7. Who shall not inherit the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6:9-10)? The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  The unrighteous include fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

8. What does Paul say about those who’ve become believers (I Corinthians 6:11)? Paul says believers were once unrighteous but they are now washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by God’s Spirit.

9. Who has God raised up and who will He raise up with His own power (I Corinthians 6:14)? God raised up Christ Jesus our Lord and God will raise up us.

10. Of whom are our bodies a member (I Corinthians 6:15)? Our bodies are members of Christ.

11. What are we when we join ourselves to the Lord (I Corinthians 6:17)? We are one spirit when we join ourselves to the Lord.

12. What are we to flee and why (I Corinthians 6:18-20)? We are to flee fornication (sexual sin).  If we commit fornication we are sinning against our own body. Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and we are not our own.  We were bought with a price, and therefore need to glorify God in our body and in our spirit which belong to God.

HEAR the WORD

I Corinthians 6:12-13 (KJV) 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.  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. 

I Corinthians 6:12-13 (AMP) 12 Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. 13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will do away with both of them. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross].

1 Corinthians 6:12-13 (NLT) 12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  While Christ has taken away our sin, this does not give us freedom to go on doing what we know is wrong.  Some actions are not sinful in themselves, but they are not appropriate because they can control our lives and lead us away from God.  Some actions may hurt others.  Anything we do that hurts rather than helps others is not right.  

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We cannot commit sin with our bodies without damaging our souls because our bodies and souls are inseparably joined.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Drinking too much can lead to alcoholism.  Gluttony can lead to obesity. So be careful that what God has allowed you to enjoy doesn’t grow into a bad habit that controls you. 

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray when members of Your church have disagreements remind us to settle them before our own congregation (I Corinthians 6:4).  Lord, I pray we will not be lead astray into any kind of sexual sin (I Corinthians 6:9-10).  I pray all of us will come to You and be washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Your Spirit (I Corinthians 6:11).  Lord, I pray we will always remember our bodies are members of Christ Himself (I Corinthians 6:15). Lord, I pray we will always remember we who are united with Christ are one with Him in spirit (I Corinthians 6:17).  Lord, I pray we will flee any and all sexual immorality (I Corinthians 6:18).  Lord, I pray we will remember our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19). Lord, I pray we will indeed honor You with our body (I Corinthians 6:20).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I bring honor to God through our thoughts, words and actions.” <>< Dona