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Matthew Henry's Commentary

1 Corinthians Chapter 5 

he apostle blames the Corinthians for connivance at an incestuous person; (1-8) and directs their behaviour towards those guilty of scandalous crimes. (9-13)

Verses 1-8: The apostle notices a flagrant abuse, winked at by the Corinthians. Party spirit, and a false notion of Christian liberty, seem to have saved the offender from censure. Grievous indeed is it that crimes should sometimes be committed by professors of the gospel, of which even heathens would be ashamed. Spiritual pride and false doctrines tend to bring in, and to spread such scandals. How dreadful the effects of sin! The devil reigns where Christ does not. And a man is in his kingdom, and under his power, when not in Christ. The bad example of a man of influence is very mischievous; it spreads far and wide. Corrupt principles and examples, if not corrected, would hurt the whole church. Believers must have new hearts, and lead new lives. Their common conversation and religious deeds must be holy. So far is the sacrifice of Christ our Passover for us, from rendering personal and public holiness unnecessary, that it furnishes powerful reasons and motives for it. Without holiness we can neither live by faith in him, nor join in his ordinances with comfort and profit.

Verses 9-13: Christians are to avoid familiar converse with all who disgrace the Christian name. Such are only fit companions for their brethren in sin, and to such company they should be left, whenever it is possible to do so. Alas, that there are many called Christians, whose conversation is more dangerous than that of heathens!

 

 


David Burnette's Life Application

A Little Leaven Leaveneth the Whole Lump

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of 1st Corinthians with Chapter 5 and in our text we see Paul addressing sin in the Church and failure of the Church in Corinth to acknowledge and deal with sin affects the whole Church. In making application we are the Love the sinner but hate the sin. We must acknowledge and deal with open sin according to the Bible or the body will be infected. Today, the Church and body of Christ fail to acknowledge sin which has resulted in the Church losing its power and influence in the community. How about you? Do you acknowledge and deal with the sin in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the and the instruction of Paul to see that we must deal with sin both in our lives and in the body to see the power of God in our Churches. 

 

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1 Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 5

 1It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

 2And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

 3For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

 4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

 6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

 7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

 10Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

 11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

 12For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

 13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.