1 Corinthians 6:1 “Dare any of you…go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints”
The wisdom of God is greater than any of man. Plus, we who know Christ know the truth regarding His creation and how He planned for things to be. Therefore, why would we allow those outside the family of God to judge in matters within it?
7 “…Why do you not rather accept wrong”
When we have an issue with a fellow believer, it would be better to allow ourselves to be wronged than to go to court against them. What a witness to the world when we drag each other into court. Jesus gave us the method to follow if we have issues with each other, and it involved keeping the issue within the body.
9-11 “…Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God…such were some of you. But you were washed”
Paul isn’t listing sins which will keep you out of heaven. He’s saying that those who continue in their sin instead of repenting of it and asking Christ to forgive them for it will not inherit the kingdom. Those who have been washed by Christ are clean. They may still commit sins occasionally, but they don’t live in them continually. Anyone who cannot agree that these sins are actually sins to the point that they won’t confess and repent of them, should search their heart to see if they are truly a redeemed child of God. This is the problem with homosexuals accepting Christ. Many have been told that their behavior is not sinful. They must come to the point of knowing that it is, must agree with what the scripture says about it regardless of how they feel or what they’ve been told, and repent of it. There may be issues with their feelings and desires, but Christ can help with that if they stay with Him and reject the sinful behavior.
12 “…All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any”
Paul knew he was free in Christ for all things, but he was not going to be controlled by any feeling or desire. And he was not going to allow any feeling or desire to cause him to commit sin.
16 “…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””
Paul is using the mechanics of marriage to make a spiritual point. Yet, what he says shows a problem we have today. We have lost the idea of marriage being the union of two people into one through the act of sexual intercourse. We’ve begun to think that marriage is only a legal contract between two people, just a “piece of paper.” Sex is just some form of entertainment between two consenting individuals. And society is falling apart because of it. No machinery can operate at top efficiency if it is not operated properly. The same goes for man, marriage, and sex. Any deviation from God’s holy and awesome plan for men and women deprives both of all He intended and brings destruction.
20 “…you were bought at a price…”
Something we forget all too easily. Christ purchased us with His blood which He shed. We belong to Him and are not our own. Perhaps we could live easier and make better decisions if we reminded ourselves of this often.
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