Concerning Litigation Between Believers
Verse 1 – Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
Some Corinthian believers were bringing charges against fellow members before unbelieving Roman judges at Corinth.
Verse 2 – Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge smaller matters?
Verse 3 – Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
Verse 4 – If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
After Paul tells the saints that they will sit in judgment of the world and angels at the end of the age, then why would they sit before unbelieving judges and plead their case, of whom are not qualified?
Verse 5 – I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
Verse 6 – But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
Verse 7 – Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather let yourselves be defrauded?
Paul is talking about disputes between believers. He asks then, “Why not just be wronged?” Most will not let something go and most lawsuits involve money or revenge. Think about that for a moment. Judges that are not believes do not understand Christian values.
verse 8 – No, you yourself do wrong and defraud, and you do these things to your brethren!
Verse 9 – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicator’s, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
Verse 10 – nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Don’t deceive yourself into thinking any of these practices listed is “ok” with God. These are characteristics of unbelievers! However, many that come to Christ, no longer practice these because they have been born-again. You do not become a Christian and still commit adultery, swindle people out of money, get drunk, and continue in a homosexual relationship! I don’t care what society says, the Bible says those that practice these things will not enter into the kingdom of God!
Verse 11 – And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Warning Against Sexual Immorality
Verse 12 – All thins are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Verse 13 – Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
We cannot commit sin in our body and not damage our souls, because the soul and body are inseparably joined. Be careful of what God has allowed us to enjoy, that it doesn’t grow into a bad habit that controls us.
Verse 14 – And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Verse 15 – Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them, members of a harlot? Certainly not!
Verse 16 – Or 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.”
Verse 17 – But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Everything we do and everywhere we go, we as Christians are one with Christ. That statement ought to stop some from doing what they know is wrong and against God’s word. If it doesn’t, then maybe they are not one with Christ.
Verse 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.
Paul is not just talking about people being with prostitutes. This concerns sex outside of marriage – fornication. If you call yourself a Christian, we are not supposed to be living with the opposite sex without a marriage license – no exceptions.
Verse 19 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
Verse 20 – For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
As Christians, we belong to Christ. We are not free to live anyway we desire. From the moment we are saved, we take the Holy Spirit everywhere we go, so don’t make Him go where God forbids!