1 Corinthians 6 - Lawsuits and Disputes, Members of Christ

1 Corinthians 6:1-8 - How far it seems that the church is from this spirit today. While perhaps not in lawsuits, though those certainly happen, but in terms of bickering and fighting amongst each other. We look no different than the world! Paul says "Why not rather be defrauded?" than to drag our disputes before a worldly court. Once we've taken them public, we've already lost the battle for their souls.

Jesus says that we will be known as His by our love, so if we trot out our disputes outside the church either in the media or the courts, we are now known as folks who cannot get along and can't settle our own disputes. If we are no better off than the world, what attraction is there in Christ to those on the outside looking in?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - Paul finishes his rebuke of their public disputes by reminding them, as he does so often, of who they were and who they now are and why. Jesus has washed you and pulled you out of the wicked, greedy and swindlers, yet you return to them to settle your disputes? Have you forgotten the transformation Christ made in you?

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 - Here Paul implores them to flee sexual sin, making a distinction between it and any other sin. This is a sin against his own body, others are outside the body. Keep things in perspective, your body is made for the Lord, it is a member of Christ himself. Would you bring Christ into the bedroom with you along with one who is not your spouse? Would you invite Jesus along for your tryst? Certainly not, but yet he is there, you are part of him so He comes along.

This has ramifications beyond immorality, I think. If that is who we are, if we really understand that we not only belong to Christ but are members of Christ, how then would we live? What would you view (He Jesus, take a look at this video ...), how would you speak (He Jesus, tell that so and so ...), how would you act (that's it, hit him Jesus ...)?

If we are members of Christ, then every act should be seen as an act of Jesus. What would Jesus do? Whatever you're doing, he's doing it.

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