Summary: 6 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-VI—1Corinthians 6:1-11
OR Qualified To Rectify
Paul rebuked the Corinthian Christians because they sought out & trusted secular sources to rectify/correct 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/correcting 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. INFERENCE(s)(:2b & :3b-4)
5. SELFLESS/Loving CONCERN(:7-8)
6. CONTRASTING LIFESTYLE-A(:9-10...)
(CONT...)6—Christians are qualified to rectify grievances thru Their...
:11—“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus & by the Spirit of our God.”
The Christians at Corinth, “WERE” at some point in their past, characterized by & were thus ‘professors’/purveyors of those ungodly things(:9-10).
Those ungodly things, along with the attitudes that maintain them, are the very things they now disdain & are appalled at as Christians.
What ‘turns the tide’ for those with a history of sinfulness(all mankind!) is their being “washed,” “sanctified,” & “justified.”
Such action was applied to them on the part of God by means of their faith in Him thru Jesus.
Thus it is stated that they were “washed,” “sanctified,” & “justified” “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
They were ALSO “washed,” “sanctified,” & “justified” “by the Spirit of our God.”
The God of all Christians offers no confusion as to the object of our service—It is to be God Himself!
God’s role/function in His scheme of life & living, definitely comes into play. But God’s Divine role does not remove your/my individual responsibility as a Christian to obey God’s desire for your/my calling & ministry!
So yes, when you darken the door of the church meeting house, having given your life wholly to sin, knowing that something must be done in your life, please don’t be shocked that we are shocked at your lifestyle. But know this...our shock does not mean there we have no love for you, just that there is a hatred of the sin itself! Nor does our shock mean that we will neglect you. If we truly love you then we will do our part to help you get close to the Lord God & discover the same assurance, freedom, & peace we have in Christ Jesus.
a. “Washed”—‘Eternally cleansed & made acceptable by Jesus’ blood.’
“While this washing was not their own act, it did not take place without an act of their own.”—BECNT
Isa. 1:15-17—“When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.”
Zech. 13:1-3—“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David & for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin & for uncleanness.[descriptive of washing] It shall be in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, & they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets & the unclean spirit to depart from the land. It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father & mother who begot him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the LORD.’ And his father & mother who begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesies.”[descriptive of the closed canon]
Titus 3:4-7—“But when the kindness & the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration & renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Rev. 1:4-6—“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you & peace from Him who is & who was & who is to come, & from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, & from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, & the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us & washed us from our sins in His own blood, & has made us kings & priests to His God & Father, to Him be glory & dominion forever & ever. Amen.”