1 Corinthians 5. Forum Discussion

Discipline: those whom the Lord loves He disciplines

Chapter 5 tackles some serious issues that have arisen within the church in Corinth. Paul distinguishes between the immoral people of the world, and immoral people within the church.

He makes sure to point out that we are not to stop associating with people of the world that are lost in sin. For how else will they come to know Christ, unless we reach out to them?

But for those within the church, he has different instructions. The example that he uses is a “so called brother” that had laid down with his father’s wife. One would assume this is his own mother, or stepmother. For this person, Paul writes that he has, “Decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

There will be times when people get so lost in sin that God allows Satan to enter and destroy them in the flesh. The hope is that when things get bad enough, they may turn back to Jesus before it is too late.

Consider the following verses:

“Do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” – Hebrews 12:5-6

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? ” – Mark 8:36 

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” – Mathew 5:29-30

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

When we are lost in sin, God is working behind the scenes. He may allow Satan to wreak havoc for a period of time, in the hopes that we will realize the error of our ways and make the necessary corrections.

At the same time, God is also working on us through His inspired Word. The scriptures will be asking us to remove those parts of our lives that distance us from God.

How we react to God’s discipline makes all the difference, as Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans.

”We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5 

In conclusion, times of adversity are the perfect time to examine ourselves to see if there are parts of our lives that need to change. Whatever we are struggling with, Jesus is the answer. When we believe in Jesus and put our trust in Him, our faith will make us whole.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His  only begotten Son, that whoever  believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ” – John 3:16 

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 1 Corinthians 6. Our forum will be discussing how our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Dan Wheeler

If we are not careful and vigilant we can become complacent. The church at Corinth, like so many churches today, was apparently lax about following the commandments of Christ. Sin can creep in, and before long the situation looks nothing like what God wants it to be.
The other night we were watching on old black and white TV sitcom, made in 1963. The plot centered on concern that the marriage ceremony of years before was not valid (because of untruth about age told on the application) and thus the marriage was not legal. The immediate concern was to find a justice of the peace to make the marriage legal and their child "legitimate." While the latter is not politically correct today, the takeaway for me is the GREAT CONCERN TO DO THINGS MORALLY--including the remark that the husband should sleep on the couch until a marriage ceremony is accomplished--a far cry from the state of marriage and having children today. Things have changed. Things will change in the church as we drift away from God's truth. When we notice the drifting it needs to be corrected.

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Dan Wheeler

One of the challenges that face The Body of Christ comes from within. It’s so easy to turn a blind eye to the wrongs of a person of influence in the business world, or a senior politician who is widely respected in the world and is a member of our church. Not to mention, if we are talking about our relatives whom we often go to for financial assistance. As a result we act as if we don’t notice what is going on, when it is quite evident that even the blind can see the hypocrisy in our behavior.
As a result our so call righteousness has been purchase at a price, because we don’t want to offend such persons whom we will have to turn to for assistance down the road. This is why Jesus said;
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10: 37 NKJV.

Therefore, Jesus is drawing a line in the sand for us all. The question is, whose side will you and I be on? Will we ignore righteousness for the sake of friends, family members or financial benefactors; or will we take a stand for Christ? Being a Christian is not for the weak at heart, nor is it for spineless men and women. True Christians are those rare individuals who can call a spade a spade regardless of who is holding the card. Right is right and wrong is wrong, may The Almighty God continue to give me the courage to be this kind of Christian.

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Virtual Bible Study

Why does God discipline those that He loves?

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Dan Wheeler
Virtual Bible Study

A loving father knows that children need correction and guidance to grow up healthy and mature. God knows that we need correction so that we will get back in line with His will.

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