July 14/1Corinthians 6

Verses 1-8 > The Christians were giving Christ and the Church another black eye by not settling their disputes within the church. Selfishness, pride and greed are at the heart of the matter here. Paul said it would be better to be cheated then to take a matter to unsaved people and have them settle it. Surely there must be some wise people in the church they could go to. In the 1st chapter of James he says if we need wisdom to ask the Lord for it not some unsaved judge!

Law suits among believers happen when people are not honest and are not humble. Shame on us when we act no better than unsaved people. We are to honor God in all that we do.

Verses 9-10 > Paul is talking about those who practice these sins. One would have to question if a person was really born again if he or she continues in these sins. Jesus said we would know people by their fruit.

Verse 11 > How refreshing to know that Jesus can deliver from all of these sins > such were some of you! They are not anymore because they had been born again! Thank Jesus today for your deliverance.

Verses 12-15 > By comparing sex with the stomach they were lowering sex to just an appetite instead of the beautiful thing it was meant to be between two married people. We hear it so often today, “It’s just sex. It’s just one body part making room for another body part.” But it is not just physical it is also spiritual. When we were born again we were joined to Christ like a bride and bridegroom. We in a sense are one with Christ. So whatever we do or wherever we go we bring Jesus with us! Having a mother or father with us 24/7 would probably keep us from behaving badly most of the time. I know that as a young lad not yet born again I would not have done some of the things I did if my mother was always with me! Well Jesus is always with us. If we were aware of that would that alter our behavior?

Verses 16-18 > Because sex is not just physical but also spiritual, (we are also spiritual beings), in the sexual act something is given and taken each time the act is committed. It is not just the coming together of two bodies it is also the coming together of two souls. If I unite with a person that has anger issues I take part of that with me. If they are prone to jealousy, greed, lying, cheating, witchcraft, spiritualism, mental issues and disorders  etc. I take part of that with me. Whatever makes up their personality I take part with me and vice versa. Sex outside of marriage truly is a sin against the body and not just in the disease realm. I have counseled with many people with issues they just can’t seem to get over. When I ask if they have had sex outside of marriage the answer is usually yes. The more the sex the more the issues. So we have to go back and confess these things one by one.

Proverbs 6:32 (NKJV) — 32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.

Proverbs 6:32 (NLT) — 32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself.

Proverbs 6:32 (The Message) — 32 Adultery is a brainless act, soul-destroying, self-destructive;

We are destroying our minds, our wills, and our emotions. Look at all the issues our society faces with just children alone in our school systems. A lot of them are products of sex outside of marriage and we still promote ‘safe sex’ in our schools. They think that just because they didn’t get pregnant that they are safe; Wrong! What condom do you use for personality disorders? What condom do you use for your soul? This is heavy stuff isn’t it. That is why Paul really attacks this thing head on in this chapter. We should attack it head on with our children at the appropriate time also.

Verses 19-20 > Remember the price to purchase our freedom from sin!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    We are part of the body of Christ so suing another believer is like an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself. Also the old covanant, the law, laid down rules of conduct and proper restitution and therefore the church could look to those for settling a difference. Also any sexual sin will affect the whole church since they are one body.