OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To see how brethren in Christ should settle their differences 2) To be impressed with the power of the gospel to transform the lives of people 3) To appreciate the proper use of our bodies in service to God SUMMARY Having seen that the brethren at Corinth were often filled with strife, envy and divisions (3:3), and that Paul frequently describes them as being "puffed up" (4:6,18), it is not surprising that they were also guilty of the fault Paul deals with in this chapter: taking brethren to court before unbelievers. With an expression of shock and disbelief, he instructs them through a series of questions designed to help them see how absurd and wrong such a thing was (1-11). The latter half of the chapter deals with what must have been a major problem in a city like Corinth: immorality. What might have been acceptable behavior with their bodies prior to becoming Christians is no longer acceptable, for even their bodies belong to the Lord, whose Spirit indwells them, and who will one day raise them from the dead by His own power. Therefore they should glorify God with their bodies (12-20). OUTLINE I. TAKING BRETHREN TO COURT (1-11) A. PAUL'S REBUKE OF THIS PRACTICE (1-6) 1. Dare they take their personal problems to be decided upon by the unrighteous? (1) a. When the saints will one day judge the world? (2) b. When the saints will one day judge angels? (3a) c. How much more should they be able to judge matters of this life! (3b) 2. More rebuke in the form of questions (4-5) a. Do they seek the advice of those least esteemed by the church to judge? (4) b. Don't they have even one wise man among them who could serve as judge? (5) 3. The shame of it all: brethren suing each other before unbelievers! (6) B. FURTHER COMMENTS CONCERNING LAWSUITS BETWEEN BRETHREN (7-11) 1. It is bad enough that they had lawsuits to begin with! (7-8) a. It would be better to accept wrong and be defrauded (7) b. But no, they found themselves doing wrong and defrauding their own brethren! (8) 2. A warning and a reminder (9-11) a. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God (9-10) b. They had been such, but had been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus and by the Spirit of God (11) II. GLORIFYING GOD WITH YOUR BODY (12-20) A. THE BODY IS FOR THE LORD (12-14) 1. What may be lawful may not be helpful, and should not overpower us (12) 2. The stomach may need food, but that need is only temporary (13a) 3. The body, which is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, will be raised up by the power of God (13b-14) B. OUR BODIES ARE TO BE MEMBERS OF CHRIST, NOT A HARLOT! (15-18) 1. Shall we take the members of Christ and make them one with a harlot? (15-16) 2. No, for we are to be one in spirit with the Lord (17) 3. Therefore flee immorality which is a sin against your own bodies (18) C. THE BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (19-20) 1. The body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is from God, and is in it (19a) 2. You are not your own, you were bought at a price (19b-20a) 3. Therefore glory God in your body (20b) REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR THE CHAPTER 1) List the main points of this chapter - Taking Brethren To Court (1-11) - Glorifying God With Your Body (12-20) 2) What was the nature of the problem being discussed in the first part of this chapter? (6) - Brethren taking each other to court, before unbelievers 3) What is Paul's solution to such a problem? (5) - Find a wise man among brethren to decide the issues 4) What would have been better than displaying their differences before the eyes of the world? (7) - For the one in the right to accept wrong, to be defrauded 5) What were some of the Corinthians before they became Christians? (9-11) - Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners 6) Though something may be lawful, what two other criteria does Paul mention which should govern our use of it? (12) - Is it helpful? - Does it overpower us? 7) To whom does our bodies belong? (15) - Christ 8) What is the body of one who is a Christian? (19) - A temple of the Holy Spirit who is in them 9) What then should we do with our bodies? Why? (20) - Glorify God - We were bought at a price
Do not sue the brethren
[1Co 6:1-20 NKJV] 1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 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 the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 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? 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? 6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! 7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather [let yourselves] be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and [you do] these things [to your] brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 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.
Glorify God in body and spirit
12 All things 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. 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. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 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! 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." 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit [with Him]. 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 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? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.