In 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, Paul discusses a variety of issues in the church. He addresses the issue of lawsuits between church members as well as encouraging people to take care of their body as each one is God’s temple.
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Lawsuits among Believers
Paul advised the people in the church at Corinth to avoid suing one another or taking one another to court over small things. He told the Corinthians that if they have problems with one another, they should consider taking the issue to the people in their church who they can trust.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 that settling your issues with believers was better than taking it to a group of non-believers in the Roman courts. The best thing was for Christians to not sue one another at all, but Paul said that he knew it was going to happen from time to time.
Paul Talks about Entering God’s Kingdom
Paul explained in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 that bad people would not inherit God’s kingdom. He listed fornicators, adulterers, male prostitutes, thieves, idolaters, drunks, abusers and greedy people as some of the types of people that would not make it into God’s kingdom.
According to Paul, there were some people in the Christian church who were guilty of these kinds of sins and they were definitely going to be left out of God’s inheritance. However, many of them got baptized in Christ and their sins were washed away.
Staying Away from Sin
Since many believers in Corinth had their sins washed away, it appeared that they believed that they could do anything they wanted to do. However, Paul said this was not how it should be. Just because they were cleansed, they should not go around having sexual relations with many different people and eating anything they wanted. They had to treat their bodies properly. After all, their bodies belonged to God. They were His temples.
Besides, Paul explained, it was not like they would have their bodies left behind eventually. He reminded them that God would raise them up in the end. Paul reiterated that our bodies are not our own and, as a result, we cannot just sleep around with anyone and think God would be pleased.
1 Corinthians 6 (King James Version)
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.