Thursday, November 15, 2007
1 Corinthians 5:13
But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
a.While it is within the church’s sphere of authority
To judge them that are in that local body, those who are outside are judged by God. It is vital that the church exercise it’s authority and remove the leaven in order that God may judge them outside the Body.
1 Corinthians 5:12
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within?
1.”For what have I to do to judge them also that are without…”
a.This was a formal authoritive spiritual exercise
that was given to the Church by Christ for the health and purity of the church. It was not to be carried out on those outside the church. Just those in the church.
2. “Do not ye judge them that are within?”
a.It is within the church’s sphere of authority to
judge them that are within the local body. 1 Corinthians 6 lays that out very plainly. It is as if the Apostle Paul is saying this is a no brainer!
1). 1 Corinthians 6:2-5 “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
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how
much more things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to
this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed
in the church.
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?”
1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, no, not to eat.”
1.”But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother…”
a. keep company [4874 * sunanamignumi] [Zodhiates:
See above in verse 9.]
a. He then gives a list of six offences that would
Require us to separate ourselves from a brother ore sister in the Lord.
2. “…be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, no not to eat.”
a. fornicator [4205 * pornos] [Zodhiates: A
Whoremonger or male prostitute. In the NT a fornicator. The word also has the meaning of an impure or unclean person of whatever kind.]
b. covetous [4123 * pleonektes] [Zodhiates: One
who wants more, a person covetous of something that others have, a defrauder for gain.
c. idolater [1496 * eidolotres; eideolon-idol; latris-a
servant, worshipper.] [Zodhiates: Idolater, a servant or
worshipper of idols.]
d. railer [3060 * loidoros] [Zodhiates: A railer,
e. drunkard [3183 * methusos] [Zodhiates:
f. extortioner [727 * harpax] [Zodhiates: Rapacious
person or animal, as wolves.]
g. In the very next chapter, actually eleven verses a
head, Paul gives another list of offences and again says the individuals guilty of these will not inherit the Kingdom of God. The good news is he goes on to say that some of the Corinthians in their church used to be these people but they have been saved and delivered from those behaviors.
1). 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “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,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
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.”
h. An interesting element in all of this is the
fornicator (1 Corinthians 10:8; Numbers 25:1, 9), and the idolater were punishable by death under the old covenant (Deuteronomy 17:2-5), as was the individual who was sleeping with his step mother (Leviticus 20:11). Yet under the New Covenant there is no death penalty issued. Granted, when all the ingredients of excommunication are added up, the sum is quite terrifying, but the individual is spared immediate death. He is to be removed by a formal spiritual exercise of the local body.