1 Corinthians 6 Lesson

Settling disputes

In Chapter 6, Paul tackles two main issues that were occurring in Corinth:

  1. Brethren going to court against other brethren.
  2. Sin against one’s own body.

Let us look at each of these, one at a time.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says:

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”

From time to time, there are going to be disagreements between members of the church. If we follow God’s plan for dealing with these disagreements, they can be handled quickly and effectively.

Paul is reminding those in Corinth that they are first and foremost, Christians. They all were saved through the blood of Christ, and they all recognize God as the ultimate authority in all matters.

They should be able to settle their differences with one another without having to go to an outside court. How many disagreements could be settled if we would simply take the time to talk to one another when something has upset us? God tells us to do that privately, one on one. Most of the time this will resolve the concern. We get into trouble when we bring other people unnecessarily into the conversation. Gossiping about our concerns, or in today’s world, airing our grievances on social media, is not in accordance with God’s word and will only make things worse.

If we are upset with a brother or sister about something, we need to go by ourselves and ask if we can talk about it with them. Often, this will resolve the issue and restore unity within the body.

In the rare instances where things cannot be resolved, God lets us know what we should do:

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.  But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” – Mathew 18:15-17.

For more about church unity, click the link below:

Virtual Bible Study's lesson on church unity

The second half of the chapter has to do with committing sins with our own bodies. Paul tells us that our bodies are not our own, “They have been bought with a price.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20.

He also writes that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and are to be used for God’s glory, not to fulfill our sinful lusts. Satan knows our weaknesses and will tempt us just as he tempted Jesus.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

When we recognize our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, and not our own, we are more likely to treat them with the respect that God intended.

As temptations come our way, we can combat them by applying scripture to our lives. That is what Jesus did. He was tempted three times by Satan, and each time He combatted the temptation with scripture.

TEMPTATION #1:

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” – Mathew 4:1-4.

TEMPTATION #2:

Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,

‘He will command His angels concerning You’;

and

‘On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” – Mathew 4:5-7.

TEMPTATION #3:

Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”  Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.” – Mathew 4:8-11.

For more on the topic of temptation, click the link below:

Virtual Bible Study's lesson on temptation

The good news for us is that when we resist Satan, he will flee from us.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7.

Whatever struggles we are going through; the scriptures will provide the way out.  Jesus provides the perfect example of searching scriptures during difficult times and then applying them correctly to the situation at hand.  As Christians, we need to learn from Jesus and adapt this form of problem solving into all that we do.

We will conclude today's study with the following two scriptures:

"No temptation has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13.

"Study to shew yourself approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15.

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Ime John

I give God Glory for me being part this it will bless my life

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Drexel Deal

In our Christian walk we will have to one day come to that place, where we can over look a wrong done to us for Christ sake. Where we can overlook a brother or sister who defrauded us for the sake of peace. Yes, I know this requires maturity on our part, when we can turn the other cheek so to speak. This is because we realize, it isn’t worth it to chase after every offense done to us. Doing so will rob us of our joy, our peace of mind and hinder our spiritual growth. As found in Proverb 19: 11;
“The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” NKJV.

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