1 Corinthians – Chapter 5

Verse 1 – It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles – that a man has his father’s wife!

Not even the pagans practiced this sexual immorality – sleeping with the mother or step-mother. Evidently, the church in Corinth had ignored this situation so far as, now the rumors had spread far enough for Paul to hear.

Verse 2 – And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.

Verse 3 – For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, concerning him who has done this deed.

Verse 4 – In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Verse 5 – deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

What this man had done or was doing, was no small offense. They were to cast him out from the believers. There was no church board meeting set up to decide what to do. This act of putting him out of the church was done in hope that he would repent.

Verse 6 – Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

If no discipline ever takes place within the church body to someone who flagrantly is sinning, then people will think they can do the same without consequences.

Verse 7 – Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lumps, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

verse 8 – Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Leaven is often referred to as sin in Scripture. Christ is recognized as our Passover because He delivered us from death, the penalty of sin. They were to purge all malice and wickedness from their own household, as should we.

Separate Yourselves from Immoral Believers

Verse 9 – I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexual immoral people:

Verse 10 – Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.

They had not been forbidden to mix socially with non believers. He meant not to mix with believers inside the body who behaved like outsiders.

Verse 11 – But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolaters, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person.

Do you take seriously what Paul is saying about associating with people within the body of believers that live anyway they seem fit? What about the one’s you know that live together without being married? Do we conduct our lives according to what Paul has said? If not, why not? Is it harsh? Yes, but we are to be a separate people that the world sees as belonging to God. Sex outside of marriage is called fornication, and God forbids it. There are no exceptions.

Verse 12 – For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?

Verse 13 – But those who are outside God judges. Therefore put away from yourselves that wicked person.

These verses are instructions for dealing with sin inside the church with a person who claims to be a Christian, and yet who sins without repentance. The church is to correct and discipline such a person in love.


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