Acts + Letters Lesson 22 Day 2

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1 Corinthians 5

Paul Confronts Immorality in the Assembly.

3. Paul passed judgment.

You must immediately remove the unrepentant man who makes no secret that he is having sex with his father’s wife. Even the pagans condemned this kind of immorality!

Not only haven’t they dealt with him, they don’t appear to be embarrassed, ashamed, or broken-hearted about the scandal. In short, they seem to be taking this lightly.

Some judgment is permitted, and some is not. “While Christians are not to judge one another’s motives or ministries, we are certainly expected to be honest about each other’s conduct.” (Wiersbe via Enduringword.com)

4. a. Don’t tolerate sin in the Body.

Paul reminds them, “I wrote to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortionist. Don’t even eat with such a person.” (v. 11)

Because the fellowship is Christ’s Body, if we allow overt sin to persist in our midst is like sinning against the whole Body.

Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin that a man does is outside the body,” but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)

b. Application to the Body of Christ

Being a part of a fellowship of believers offers spiritual protection.

For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

The body of believers should offer correction when needed to help others avoid the path “that leads to destruction”. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren’t tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

Remember what we learn in scripture.

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7 ESV) Paul has the right to correct them because he practices what he teaches.

5. a. A Passover Lamb was sacrificed for us—Christ himself! (v. 7 Phillips)

In their pride, they allowed and condoned (by not addressing) the overt sin. By doing so, it had the following effects:

  • The Body is no longer fit for the Lord’s table.
    Christ sanctified, purified and removed the spiritual leaven (wickedness) from us individually. If allowed in our fellowship body, it will no longer be an unleavened body. (1 Corinthians 11:26-27)
  • Allowing this immoral behavior to go uncorrected could lead others astray.
  • Presenting a bad example to the world — Even pagans and unbelievers would condemn this immorality. (v. 1)
  • Their actions do not glorify God. “. . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:13-14 ESV)

b. Proper conduct toward unbelievers

Paul didn’t tell them to avoid sinners in the world because we would have to leave the world. Unbelievers sin. It’s not our business to judge them. That’s God’s job.

  • “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:5-6)
  • “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV )

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