Acts + Letters Lesson 22 Day 3

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1 Corinthians 6:1-8

6. Paul can’t believe what these Corinthian Christians are doing.*

Apparently, “the Corinthian Christians were suing each other in pagan courts, with the underlying motive of greed.” (v. 8 footnote*)

“Most Scholars conclude that these disputes were not criminal but issues related to business, personal property, inheritances, default in loan payments to other believers, and the like. See also Matt. 5:25-26; 18:15–17.”

Paul calls it “before the unrighteous.”

Unrighteous is literally unjust, in the sense of “not justified before God, not saved.” Why are the Corinthian Christians trying to find justice from those who aren’t justified before God? Paul is using the term unrighteous in a religious sense, not a moral sense. It isn’t that Corinthian judges were necessarily bad judges, but they were not Christians. (

7. Don’t take a fellow believer to the pagan civil court.

If we have a complaint against a brother in Christ, settle it before the saints. Paul asks, “Isn’t there even one wise man among you who [could] decide between his brothers?” (v. 5) The Holy Spirit will give us wisdom if we ask. “I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.” (Ephesians 1:17 TPT)

“Don’t you know that the saints will judge the world [and angels]?” (v. 2, 3) (Guzik says angels probably refers to judging evil, fallen angels.)

Instead of proving you are right and trying to get justice, Paul suggests, “Why not rather be wronged? Why not be defrauded?” (v. 7)

8. Harm caused by not following Paul’s advice.

Taking a Christian brother or sister to court does not follow Jesus’ instruction and may cause a lasting rift between them. One or both might leave the fellowship and backslide.

Paul had first-hand experience with the unpredictable Roman court system. The Romans and Jews already looked down on Christians, so taking their disputes to court would further discredit The Way and could endanger all of them.

Pray for wisdom and seek to reconcile.

If I learn that a situation is brewing, pray for wisdom. Perhaps the Holy Spirit will prompt me to involve someone both of the individuals respect.


*v. 8 footnote Spirit Filled Life Bible
*v. 8 footnote in TPT

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