Summary: 1 of 6. Paul rebuked the Corinthian Christians because they trusted secular sources to rectify their personal grievances. Christians are fitted for properly rectifying personal grievances. Christians are qualified to rectify grievances thru their...
QUALIFIED To DECIDE-I—1Corinthians 6:1-11
OR Qualified To Rectify
A hopeful suitor logged onto match.com , the online dating service & registered his qualifications & his desires.
He was looking for a young lady with four minimal qualities—she should be who was petite, enjoyed water sports, enjoyed company, & favored formal attire.
The young man excitedly entered all his information onto the website.
The computerized matching system took a good deal of time, but eventually set him up with a perfect match.
It sent him to the south pole, which he thought was rather odd because not many people live in Antarctica.
You see it had paired him with a penguin!
Decisions made CAN disqualify our authority!
Paul rebuked the Corinthian Christians because they sought out & trusted secular sources to rectify personal grievances among themselves.
‘Grievance’—‘A real or imagined wrong or other cause for complaint or protest, especially unfair treatment.’
‘Rectify’—‘To put(something) right; To correct.’
The Church & Christians are uniquely fitted for properly rectifying personal grievances among themselves.
How/When are Christians fit for rectifying personal grievances?
6 confirmations that Christians are fitted to properly rectify personal grievances.
1—Christians are qualified to rectify grievances thru Their...
:1—“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, & not before the saints?”
There is a temptation, among Christians, to take a “another”(Christian brother or sister) to court.
Why?—Christians disagree with one another. And those with money may ‘have a lawyer’ whom they use for other business matters. Thus it would be an easy jump for new Christians to think it practical to use their lawyer for matters within the church without considering ramifications.
This temptation arises when we have a “matter”/case/charge/accusation against him/her.
This case can be legally brought to law. But in doing so, such an official, legally binding law will be arrived at thru parameters determined by the “unrighteous.”
Thereby, Christians should NEVER consider “unrighteous” courts or unrighteous reasonings as a course of action in settling a “matter” against another Christian. Why exactly?...see :2-4!
Thus all “matters” between Christian brothers & sisters have a spiritual element which must not be denied, & which informs any actions which may be entered either for or “against one another.”
Christians should instead take their cases before the saints—their brothers & sisters in Christ...
But then doing so, requires the baring of one’s soul before those to whom they do not wish to have knowledge of their real prejudices.
Gal. 6:1-7—“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, & so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, & then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, & not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
Js. 5:16—“Confess your trespasses to one another, & pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
“Believers who go to court with believers are more concerned with revenge or gain than with the unity of the Body & glory of Jesus Christ.”—MNTC
Christians should “DARE” to glorify God rather than themselves!
“Dare”—tolmaw—Present Active Indicative 3rd Sing.—1) Not to dread or shun through fear; 2) To bear, endure; 3) To bring one's self to; 4) To be bold; 5) Bear one's self boldly, deal boldly. Strong—from tolma(boldness; probably itself from the base of telov through the idea of extreme conduct); To venture(objectively or in act; while yarrew is rather subjective or in feeling); by implication--To be courageous. Used 16X.
“Matter/Case”—pragma—Noun Neuter—1) That which has been done, a deed, an accomplished fact; 2) What is done or being accomplished—2a) specially--Business, a commercial transaction; 3) A matter, question, affair—3a) specially in a forensic sense--A matter at law, case, suit; 4) That which is or exists, a thing. Strong—A deed; by implication--An affair; by extension--An object(material). Used 11X.
“Against”(See :7—meta)—prov—Preposition—1) To the advantage of; 2) At, near, by; 3) To, towards, with, with regard to. Strong—a preposition of direction; Forward to, i.e. Toward(with the genitive case)--The side of, i.e. Pertaining to; (with the dative case)--By the side of, i.e. Near to; (usually with the accusative case)--The place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e. Whither or for which it is predicated.
“Another/Neighbor”(See :7)—eterov—Adj.—1) The other, another, other—1a) To number—1a1) To number as opposed to some former person or thing, 1a2) The other of two, 1b) To qualify—1b1) Another: i.e. One not of the same nature, form, class, kind, different. Eterov denotes numerical in distinction from qualitative differences. Eterov distinguishes ('one of two'); every eterov is an allov but not every allov is a eterov; allov generally denotes simple distinction of individuals, eterov involves the secondary idea of difference of kind. Strong—of uncertain affinity; (an-, the)Other or different.