Tag: 1st Corinthians 5

Avoid sexually immoral ‘believers’!

Scripture reading for July 12th:  1st Corinthians 5

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 5:9-11  “I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters.  In that case you would have to leave the world.  But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler.  With such a man do not even eat.”

 The morals of people in the world are not in line with God’s word, even though each person has the witness of conscience.  God has sent His people into the world to reach out to the unsaved and immoral with the good news of the Gospel.  Once worldly people are born again their behavior must soon change.  Those that claim to be ‘brothers’ in the Lord must not live like those in the world in any area of life.  If they continue in the ways of the world, those others in the church must not continue to associate with them.  This is protection for the believer and warning to those in known sin.

Observations for over-comers:  Believers must live separated lives while reaching out to the lost of the world.  Watch over each other in the church to overcome Satan’s traps.  “The Lord will lay bare His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.  Depart, depart, go out from there!  Touch no unclean thing!  Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the vessels of the Lord.”  (Isaiah 52:10-11)

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Dealing with sin in the church!

Scripture reading for July 13th:  1st Corinthians 5

“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans:  A man has his father’s wife.  And you are proud!  Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of you fellowship the man who did this?  Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit.  And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present.  When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.”  (1st Corinthians 5:1-5)

Paul had received a reliable report of serious sexual sin.  The church had done nothing to deal with the offender and the Apostle wrote to help them deal with this in a way that would hopefully be redemptive in the long run.  He instructed the church to put the man out of fellowship and to have nothing to do with him.  This man claimed to be a brother in Christ, but was acting in the flesh.  Unbelievers could be expected to sin but not a brother in the Lord.  As they put him out of the church, they were to turn him over to Satan.  This act was done in faith that the man would soon experience again the torment and condemnation of the Devil and truly repent before his time on earth was over.  Believers are to judge those inside the church and take appropriate action to keep the leaven of sin from defiling many!

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