I Corinthians 6
1Co:6:1: Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1Co:6:2: 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?
1Co:6:3: Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
1Co:6:4: If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
1Co:6:5: 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?
1Co:6:6: But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
1Co:6:7: 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?
1Co:6:8: Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
1Co:6:9: 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,
1Co:6:10: Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co: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 our God.
1Co:6:12: 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.
1Co:6:13: 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.
1Co:6:14: And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
1Co:6:15: 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.
1Co:6:16: What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
1Co:6:17: But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1Co:6:18: Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1Co:6:19: 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?
1Co:6:20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
This Chapter opens up with the apostle Paul talking about how to judge one another if disagreements or discrepancies arise, and how to treat our brethren in Christ. Paul is saying that “the saints shall judge the world…” meaning that we brethren will one day be at the right hand of the Father and even be judging angels themselves, as it says in verse 3. The idea is not to take every little matter to the courts of men, when it is best decided among brethren who have the knowledge and wisdom of God. As a side note: It is interesting to note that if angels are to be one day judged also, they must be less than perfect in some way also!
Paul says to set them to judge “who are at least esteemed in the church…” We defraud our brethren when we take them to law or to the courts of men before unbelievers and everyone else. Paul says rather to be defrauded and let the matter lay undisturbed, than to take it to the courts of man.
Paul reminds us that the following types of people will not inherit the kingdom of God: Fornicators, idolaters, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, nor extortioners. He is reminding us that these are the types of people that the world is made up of – sinners who will have sex outside of marriage, behave like the opposite sex and not according to their own gender, people who steal, alcohol abusers, abusive people, and those who use the threat of violence and coercion against each other.
Paul goes on to tell us that our bodies are set apart for God – that everything on this earth will go away one day and we will only be left with our spirit and everlasting soul which God has given us. He points out how foolish it would be to take a sanctified and Holy body for Christ, and defile it with any of these things but in particular the example used by seeking a harlot or prostitute. It is an example to show us the absurdity of such an idea in God’s view.
Paul also tells us that he that is “joined unto the Lord…” is of one spirit. Our spirit is “mixed” with God’s and vise versa indicating why we are not to pollute our spirit. The Holy Spirit is Holy, meaning completely clean and without blemish so God cannot and will not allow an unclean spirit to mix with and contaminate his own.
Finally we see that Paul is reminding us that we have been bought for a price and that our bodies are to be used for the glorification of God, and for his purposes. Our very existence was purchased by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that we are born indebted to God already, and we must always remember and live our lives accordingly.