1 CORINTHIANS 5

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1 Corinthians 5:1-8

SIFTING OUT SIN

 

ABOMINATION PROBLEM IN THE CHURCH Vss. 1-2

ACTION PRESCRIPTION FOR THE CHURCH Vss. 3-5

ABSOLUTION PURGING OF THE CHURCH Vss. 6-8

 

 

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1 Corinthians 5

DEALING WITH A SIN PROBLEM

 

ACCEPT THE PROBLEM Vss. 1-2

ADDRESS THE PROBLEM Vss. 3-5

ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM Vss. 6-13

 

 

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1 Corinthians 5

THE CHURCH PURIFIED

 

Please turn to 1 John 3:1-3. In these verses you will note the great love

that God has bestowed on us, that we as Christians should be called God's

children (Vs. 1). Also we look forward to the day that we will be like Him,

because we will see Jesus as He is (Vs. 2). Because of this hope that we

have, we are to purify ourselves even as He is pure (Vs. 3).

 

If our Lord expects each individual Christian to strive towards purity, then

He also expects His church to strive towards purity.

 

The people in the church in Corinth considered themselves to be spiritual

giants, when in reality they were not. This church was a proud church, so

proud that it was overlooking the purity of the body of Christ. In this

passage Paul maintains that the Corinthian church must be purified if this

church was going to please God.

 

THE CONFRONTATION - Vss. 1-2

Paul begins this chapter by confronting the Corinthians with their problem.

This was not a rumor by a commonly reported fact.

The problem was that a church member was having an affair with his

stepmother.

This sin was so bad, that not even the Gentiles did it!

Instead of mourning over the sin, the Corinthians were proud of their

tolerance!

 

THE COMMAND - Vss. 3-5

Vs. 3 - Because the sin was obvious, Paul could make a judgment as to what

needed to be done.

Vs. 4 - Paul was commanding that action be taken at a church meeting,

gathered in the name of the Lord Jesus and meeting in His power.

Vs. 5 - To deliver this man to Satan would be to excommunicate the man. He

would be placed in Satan's realm out in the world, so that hopefully he

would repent and get right with the Lord.

 

THE CLEANSING - Vss. 6-8

Vs. 6 - Leaven is yeast. Yeast is put into bread to make the bread rise.

 

Vs. 7 - In scripture leaven is usually a symbol for sin. Paul calls for a

purging of the old leaven. He is calling for the removal of sin. During the

Passover celebration a lamb was killed, the blood was sprinkled, and the

sacrifice was eaten. It was eaten with unleavened bread. Christ is our

Passover sacrificed for us.

 

Vs. 8 - Because Christ is our Passover that we have partaken of for

salvation we are to live unleavened lives. We are to live lives that do not

practice sin. We are to cleanse ourselves of the leaven of malice and

wickedness and practice an unleavened life of sincerity and truth.

 

THE CLARIFICATION - Vss. 9-13

Vss. 9-10 - Paul is saying that you will not avoid contact with sinful

people. That is impossible. Paul is not saying not to talk to sinners. It is

in talking to sinners that we can witness for the Savior.

It is not wrong to eat a meal or to go somewhere an unbeliever.

 

Vs. 11 - Paul is telling us that there are certain people who call

themselves born again Christians who have gone to extremes in sin. These

people who profess to be believers but are not acting like it are people we

should not have fellowship with.

 

Vss. 12-13 - God wants us to maintain purity within the church. He will

judge those who are outside the church.

 

 

 

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