Summary: 3 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-III—1Corinthians 6:1-11
OR Qualified To Rectify
One day a man found himself in a pickle because he had to drive his secretary home after she fell quite ill at work.
He felt ill at ease about the situation, even though it was an innocent gesture. But he decided not to mention it to his wife, because he didn’t want her to think anything was inappropriate.
Later, that night the man & his wife were driving to a restaurant.
Suddenly he looked down & spotted a high-heel shoe half hidden under the passenger seat.
Not wanting to be conspicuous, he waited until his wife was looking out her window before he scooped up the shoe & tossed it out of the car. With a sigh of relief, he pulled into the restaurant parking lot...
That's when he noticed his wife squirming around in her seat.
She asked, “Honey, have you seen my other shoe?"
That husband was not the most Qualified to Decide because he did not recognize his own wife’s shoe!
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 to rectifying personal grievances?
6 confirmations that Christians are uniquely qualified to properly rectify personal grievances.
We have already found that Christians are qualified to rectify grievances thru Their...
2. DESTINY(:2a & :3a)
3—Christians are qualified to rectify grievances thru Their...
INFERENCE(s)(:2b & :3b-4)
Explanation:(:2b & :3b-4)Extrapolation/Application/Deduction/Conclusion
:2—“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?”
:3—“Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?”
Inference—“a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence & reasoning.”
--What’s the evidence?—That we will judge “the world & angels”(:2a, 3a).
--What’s the inference?—That we are competent/qualified to judge earthy matters—“things that pertain to this life”--even to “the smallest matters.”
*Because the true church is obviously competent to make official & decisive decisions that carry eternal weight regarding right vs. wrong in “matters” of our/this earthy life...therefore Christians likewise are uniquely qualified to righteously “judge” among their own.
*Given that “saints” will one day be involved in “judging” the ultimate ends of eternal matters(:2a, 3a), therefore “saints” are surely competent enough for any decisions among themselves at the smallest, finite, & earthly level.
Since there is a grand scheme that is ordained of God, And one of which Christians are an integral part, then that scheme obviously holds true in all matters of life...in both temporal & eternal matters...even of those matters that we deem of smallest or least importance.