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1 Corinthians Chapter 6

1 Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbour, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?

2 Don't you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

3 Don't you know that we will judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?

4 If then you have to judge things pertaining to this life, do you set them to judge who are of no account in the assembly?

5 I say this to move you to shame. Isn't there even one wise man amongst you who would be able to decide between his brothers?

6 But brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers!

7 Therefore it is already altogether a defect in you, that you have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?

8 No, but you yourselves do wrong and defraud, and that against your brothers.

9 Or don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God's Kingdom? Don't be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals,

10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortionists, will inherit God's Kingdom.

11 Some of you were such, but you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God.

12 "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are expedient. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be brought under the power of anything.

13 "Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods," but God will bring to nothing both it and them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 Now God raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up by his power.

15 Don't you know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!

16 Or don't you know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body? For, "The two", he says, "will become one flesh."

17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

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.

19 Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

Footnotes

Verse 16
Genesis 2:24

Version: World English Bible


1 Corinthians Chapter 6 Guide

The apostle now passed to another dereliction. Disputes in the church were being submitted to heathen tribunals. What these matters were we are not told. The teaching of the apostle is clear, and has application for all time. Disputes among saints should be settled between saints, and wholly within the confines of the church. The argument as to the fitness of the saints for the work is that as they will finally have to judge angels, surely they ought to be able to judge things pertaining to this life. The apostle declared that it is better to bear wrong than to appeal for right to a tribunal of unrighteous men. His argument as to the unfitness of unbelievers is that "the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."

Under certain circumstances lawful things may not be right for the Christian. First, lawful things may not be expedient, and, second, lawful things must not gain mastery. In the compass of the first limitation, namely, expediency, the whole outlook of the Christian is undoubtedly included, not merely personal right, but the culture of the life; and, moreover, relative responsibility concerning others. Things which are lawful in themselves if they do not directly tend to profit both the individual and those who may be influenced by the individual are inexpedient.

The second limitation is that things which are perfectly lawful must not be permitted to obtain mastery over life. With a passing reference to the question of meats, the apostle deals with the sin of fornication. How high and stately is the ground of his argument, that the body is now a member of Christ and is for the Lord. The person joined to the Lord "is one spirit," and therefore, all the functions and powers of the life must be dominated by that spirit.

From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.