July 13/1Corinthians 5

Paul had just finished dealing with the divisiveness in the church > some following Paul, some Peter, and some Apollos and now he had to deal with unity because the Corinthians had things backwards. They were divisive where they should have been unified and they were unified where they should have been divisive! They were unified in the fact that they supported a believer in the church in his sexual sin!

Verses 1-2 > There was a man that was having sex with his step mother the wife of his father. The people in the church were bragging that they were so tolerant of what was happening. Things haven’t changed much over the centuries. Today much of the ‘church’ has become tolerant of homosexuality to the point where they are ordaining homosexual pastors. Instead of removing them we are installing them! Nowhere in scripture does it say we should be tolerant of sin, nowhere. Remember we are not called to imitate the world we are called to imitate Christ. We are called to be holy.

Ephesians 5:1 (NLT) — 1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

Verses 3-6 > Our job is not to judge the person to condemn them our job is to judge the behavior to see if it is something we should be involved or not. Paul judged the behavior as sinful and as harmful. This man was a person that was professing to be a Christian yet he insisted on willfully practicing sin. Paul told them to remove the man from fellowship lest others would be influenced to get involved in sin also. Paul said that sin is like yeast if you put a little in a lump of dough it will affect the whole lump. this is what has slowly happened in much of the Church on the issue of homosexuality. If they didn’t do something about it eventually it would be begin to work its way into many more in the church; which homosexuality has. By not doing anything the leaders of the church were giving the impression that the actions of this man were ok. Much of the Church today has said that homosexuality is ok. You know the old saying, “give them and inch and they will take a mile.” Sin is never ok.

Example: When raising children if you let one child get away with something like talking back to their mother, they all will eventually think they can get by with talking back to their mother. Now you have real trouble on your hands.

Turning a person over to Satan means that they were to put the man out from under the covering of the church. This would leave him open for Satan to mess with him. Hopefully this would make the guy so sick of his actions that he would repent and come back into fellowship. In 2Corinthians we will find out that this is exactly what happened.

Verses 7-8 > Jesus Christ died, not so that we would continue practicing sin but that we would have a clean slate to start over with. When we received Jesus we were like a fresh batch of dough without yeast or sin. Paul is saying that their actions made it look like Jesus died for nothing! What is the point of Jesus dying if we’re to tolerate sin in the Church?

Verses 9-10 > We are not isolate ourselves from unbelievers rather we are not to be involved in the sinful things they do. If we don’t associate with them we would never be able to lead them to Jesus. I have non Christian friends whom I associate with because I want to win them for the Lord.

Verse 11 > The Greek tense of this passage makes it clear that we are to cut off from our company not the one who has fallen into or struggles with these sins—but the one who knowingly, obstinately, perpetually practices them. Why?
I believe the first reason is to correct the offender. If a tumor is growing in my body, no competent doctor would say, “I’m not going to operate on you because I don’t want to be too harsh with you.” And yet that is exactly what we say to believers who are mired in sin when we fail to take the sword of the Spirit and show them where they are wrong. If I really care about someone, I’ll say, “I’m not going to fellowship with you—not because I’m mad at you or don’t love you. On the contrary, I care about you so much that I cannot allow you to go on as though there’s nothing amiss in your life because sooner or later the tumor of sin within you will take a terrible toll on you.”
Secondly, we are not to fellowship with insistent, persistent sinners in order to protect the body.

When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Martha ran out to Him, saying, “Oh, Lord, if You had been here, our brother would not have died.” A few minutes later, Mary uttered the same phrase to Him word for word (John 11:21, 32).
We begin to think like and talk like those with whom we spend time. We assume the flavor of those around us. Therefore, Paul says we are not to hang around those who are consistently, persistently covetous, drunkards, idolaters, or fornicators.
 Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (p. 1036). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Verses 12-13 > We are not responsible to judge the actions of unbelievers. Sinners are going to sin that is what they do. Let God deal with them. Today it seems like Christians want to judge the world around them to change the culture > like the religious right from a few years ago. We have no jurisdiction over them. They won’t change until God changes their hearts. However we do have jurisdiction over our own Christian community. How about if we make sure we are living lives that give Jesus a good name. Let’s not tolerate the willful practice of sin in our own lives or in the life of the Church! Let’s be that oasis of refreshment in the desert of sin around us.

Acts 3:19–20 (NLT) — 19 Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. 20 Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In the Gospels the yeast to be avoided was legalism. This was still a problem in the church but now tolerance was rearing it’s ugly head. As pastor Jeremy said they had moved from the hell fire and brimstone judgemental Jesus to the buddy Jesus. Both extremes are bad. We are to help the spirit win the sinners and weed out the false believers both in love.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Paul makes it clear in Romans 6 that even though grace is made more abundant in sin (Romans 5:20-21), we have died to sin when we put our faith in Jesus. Our sins and our old nature died and were buried with Christ in baptism. (Romans 6:1-3) so that we may live new lives. His Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome sin in our lives. If we have truly repented and given ourselves to Christ we will no longer be slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6). Thanks be to God who gave us His Son to make us free…..