New Testament In a Year: August 22 – 1 Corinthians 6

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1 Corinthians 6
(1-11) Lawsuits Against Believers
Paul recommends that Christians should rather suffer loss when they are wronged by someone, instead of launching lawsuits and dragging that person into court. This is especially the case when Christians have disputes among Christians, and take one another to law before unbelievers. One day, we saints are going to judge angels. Indeed, we saints are going to judge the world. So, Paul asks, why are we not able to settle cases and judge trivial matters among ourselves?

We are also reminded that those who live unrighteous lives will not inherit the kingdom of God. Perhaps unrighteousness described our behavior before we came to know Christ as Savior, but no longer. Now, we have been washed. We have been sanctified. We have been justified in the name of the Lord and by the spirit of God. We have His power to live righteous lives.

(12-20) Flee Sexual Immorality
There may be things that are lawful for us to do, but not all lawful things are helpful to us and our faith. If this is the case, it is better for us to abstain from those lawful, but unhelpful, things. Our bodies are meant for the Lord, and the Lord for our bodies (to fill us and live within us so that we can do great things for His kingdom); therefore, we cannot do whatever we like. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and they come from God. They were bought with the price of Christ’s blood, and are to be used to glorify God. We are not our own.

Favorite verse: (14) And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

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