1 Corinthians Essay

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1 Corinthians 5 - A "brother" (v. 11) in the church at Corinth was having sexual relations with his father's wife. Paul described the unusual nature of this sin when he said that it was "not so much as named among the gentiles, that one should have his father's wife" (v. 1). This man's behavior was wrong, but also wrong was the tolerance of his behavior by the Corinthian church. Paul condemned these sins, and the necessary corrections were subsequently made (2 Cor. 2:6; 7:11). But what was the spiritual condition of the fornicator before his repentance? If he remained saved, why did Paul command the Corinthians to withdraw their association from him (vs. 4, 5, 9, 11, 13)? Did the fornicator remain saved while engaging in sin? The …show more content…
it was their direct actions that permitted this behavior to continue going on. In fact, they didn't just let it happen, they were “puffed up” about it (1Cor 5:2).
Next, Paul not being present but there in the spirit (1Cor 5:3) judges this man based on hearsay and hands down the sentence. He instructs the church to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of his flesh that he may be saved (1Cor 5:5). Is Satan really an ministry agent that brings people back around for good and into a loving relationship with Christ? Not hardly. Satan is not a minister of light but of darkness. If the devil had it his way, no one would ever become saved. So when Paul speaks of Satan's salvation inducing actions it seems to me to be a figure of speech. Satan does not care about a Christians life with Christ beyond his desire to destroy. And Satan does not lead us back to Christ in any manner. He drags us away.
So what is Paul talking about? The importance of fellowship among Christians is seen in this event. When we have social interaction with other Christians, we grow stronger through that. By not having that avenue of strength, we become more susceptible to Satan. It isn't that Paul wants this person to be forced out of the church and sin even more. It's the consequences of sin without social support that is the evangelistic tool. James describes for us the process of

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