Summary: 2 of 6. Paul rebuked the Corinthian Christians for trusting secular sources in rectify grievances among themselves. The Church is uniquely fitted to properly rectify personal grievances. Christians are qualified to rectify grievances thru Their...
QUALIFIED To DECIDE-II—1Corinthians 6:1-11
OR Qualified To Rectify
Ben had applied for his first major job position & when he returned home, his Dad asked how the interview went.
“Pretty well, I think,” replied Ben, “But if I go to work there I won't get a vacation until I'm married.”
His Dad & Mom looked at each other puzzled, because had never heard of such a thing. They knew Ben didn’t have a girlfriend, & marriage was not even on his radar. His Dad asked him, “Is that what they told you?”
“Well, No,” replied Ben, “But right on the application it said 'Vacation time may not be taken until you've had your First Anniversary.’”
Ben had some questionable qualification issues.
The mature Church birthed & given life thru Christ Jesus should have no such questionably disqualifying issues!
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 qualified/fit to properly rectify personal grievances.
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DESTINY(:2a & :3a)
Explanation:(:2a & :3a) Destiny for Eternal Decision
:2a—“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
:3a—“Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?”
Paul’s surprise & anger(:1) is justified because in God’s scheme of things, “the saints will judge the world” & “angels.”
They are informed that one day when the world is judged in finality, by God, that Christians will be an integral part of that judgment process.
*They that comprise the true church(Christians--Brothers & sisters in Christ--Saints--Children of God) are holy, operate by & in holiness, & by virtue of that fact, are obviously competent to make officially & decisively ‘just’ decisions regarding right vs. wrong in “matters” of this earthly life, in holiness.
Christians will also “judge angels” one day. That fact secures our capability & qualification of judging matters of “this life.”
Why would Christians “judge angels” given that angels are not earthly creatures? This must mean that the chief matters of concern, for which Christians are destined, extend far beyond their current physical observations & life on earth. cf.—Eph. 6:11-12...
Eph. 6:11-12—“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh & blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
2Pet. 2:4—“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell & delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;”
Jude :6, 14-15—“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;”.....“Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, & of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”—You & I will be involved in some aspect of God’s judgment, as those who are committed to seeing His righteous & perfect discernment fulfilled.
Christians are destined for greatness which God bestows upon them, & as such they are destined for great decisions! “Know”[See : 3, 9, 6, 15, 16, 19]—eidw/oida—Perfect Active Indicative 2nd Plural—1) To see—1a) To perceive with the eyes, 1b) To perceive by any of the senses, 1c) To perceive, notice, discern, discover, 1d) To see; 2) To know—2a) To know of anything, 2b) To know, i.e. Get knowledge of, understand, perceive—. Eidw/oida denotes to see with the mind's eye, signifies a clear & purely mental perception. Strong—a primary verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent optanomai & oraw; properly--To see(literally or figuratively); by implication(in the perf. only)--To know.
“Saints”(See :1)—agiov—Adj.—1) Most holy thing, a saint. Agiov has probably as its fundamental meaning separation, i.e., from the world to God's service. This separation, however, is not chiefly external, it is rather a separation from evil & defilement. The moral signification of the word is therefore the prominent one. This word, rare & of neutral meaning in classical Greek, has been developed in meaning, so that it expresses the full N.T. conception of holiness as no other does. Strong—sacred(physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated).