Through the Bible with Les Feldick
I CORINTHIANS 4:3 - 6:11 - PART 2
The human race doesn't change, and so we still have some of the same problems in our Churches and personal lives as the Corinthians did. I Corinthians 5:9,10
"I wrote unto you in an epistle (and evidently Paul wrote more than just these two letters to the Corinthians) not to company with fornicators:" (or immoral people.) If you were to go through a whole week of life, and never rub elbows with someone who is immoral, or is in sort of a gross sin, you'd have to leave this world. Just look at verse 10 again.
I Corinthians 5:10,11
"Yet not altogether with the fornicators (or immoral) of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; (for if you're not going to rub elbows with them then you must leave this world.) for then must ye needs go out of the world. Because the Scripture has admonished us not to have fellowship with those kind of people who claim to be believers, and we're talking only about believers here. Now verse 12:
I Corinthians 5:12
I have no authority to judge the lost world. Romans 8:6
Now verse 7.
Romans 8:7
"Because the carnal mind (the old sinful nature of lost people) is enmity (an enemy) against God: for it (the carnal mind) is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
You can't force the unbelieving world to to live a Christian life. Remember the lost are enemies of God, and are not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can they be. Now verse 8:
Romans 8:8
Even if a person is good, if they have not experienced Salvation they cannot please God. Now coming back to I Corinthians we find Paul saying that he can't have anything to do with the unsaved world. Now looking at verse 12 again.
I Corinthians 5:12
(Now Paul comes back to the believing community) do not ye judge them that are within?"
Let me show you a verse in Galatians in Chapter 6, and as I said when I started teaching these letters of Paul, that it was a lot harder to keep people interested in practical Christian living, and doctrine than it is when I teach the Book of Genesis or Revelation. Galatians 6:1
"Brethren, (Paul is speaking to believers) if a man (or woman) be overtaken in a fault, (in other words a rather gross sin) ye which are spiritual, (in the Church leadership) restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
Hey have you heard - But that should never be the mindset of the believer. If we hear of a Christian who has fallen into sin, it should just break our heart. Galatians 6:2
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
Even these people who are having a time of living a good upright Christian life, bear their burdens, help them to overcome their weakness. I Corinthians 5:13
Now we come into Chapter 6, and yet another problem. I Corinthians 6:1
The lawyers. Keep them if possible in the confines of the believers. Now verse 2:
I Corinthians 6:2a
"Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?..."
You're going to be ruling over the world, under Christ of course. And so we're going to have these places of responsibility, and here Paul says, "My land, why can't you deal with some of these problems within the local Church if one day you're going to rule the world?" Now continuing on with verse 2:
I Corinthians 6:2b
"...and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?"
Now do you know what Paul is saying? The world out there has none of the wisdom that God has imparted to every believer. You have more common horse sense than the greatest educated philosopher out there in the world, and Paul is driving that home. Now verse 3:
I Corinthians 6:3
"Know ye not that we shall judge (judge here refers back to government or ruling) angels? Hey believers we're somebody when God is in it, absolutely we are. Now verse 4:
I Corinthians 6:4
"If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church."
I Corinthians 6:5
(Now we know that they didn't have a huge church, but listen they had a pretty good cross section of the society of Corinth who had become believers. Paul says, "They're there if you will just give them the opportunity." But Paul says, "You don't do that." I Corinthians 6:6
Now verse 7:
I Corinthians 6:7,8
I Corinthians 6:9a
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?..."
All right now continuing on with verse 9:
I Corinthians 6:9b,10
"...Be not deceived: (and here Paul lists them again. I Corinthians 6:11a
Paul says that you are washed, what does that mean? So looking at verse 11 again:
I Corinthians 6:11
"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 God."