Summary: A study of chapter 5 verses 6 through 8 of the book of 1 Corinthians
Health Check-up #2
1 Corinthians 5: 6 – 8
6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
I compose this message for ‘Believers’ in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is addressed to a minority of ‘Sold out’ men and women who are 100 % dedicated in following our Great King and God. For church leaders and others who are just playing church, I suggest that you do your own inventory and see how you are weighed in the balance of faithfully following the directions of our Adoni Yeshua.
I think one of the biggest sins we can commit as co-shepherds is ‘compromise’. We fall into the lie of adjusting our ministry to society. It is okay to adjust our worship to what brings people into closeness with our Holy God, yet, we should never compromise His Word. Have we forgotten the words of Revelation chapter 22, ”6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” 12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
We all need to remember that our lives are but a vapor. What matters is what we can do with the time allotted to us to love and honor our Holy God while ministering to people. Some of the ministers think that they are God’s gift to the world. No, we are all sinners trying to get to the finish line and be with our Lord forever. Many ministers are talking the talk but not walking the walk. They teach about how great it will be in heaven while establishing their own personal kingdom on earth. They have exquisite homes with vacation get away mansions in the mountains and along the ocean resorts. Instead of giving to those in need they misappropriate church funds for the needy to finance their own personal pet projects.
It is amazing at how quickly churches go south in sound doctrine and following the Great Commission. It seems as soon as our Precious Holy Spirit does an amazing work Satan sends his emissaries to join the leadership. The apostle Paul writes that there were people who crept into the church even after the church’s birth. They were called Judiazers.