And That is What Some of You Were...
May 11, 2014 Speaker: John Bell Series: Flee Sexual Immorality, Glorify God With Your Body
Passage: 1 Corinthians 6:1–6:11
Eschatology = “the study of last things”
Eschatology, as it is understood in the bible, is the movement toward the already-here/not-yet-come New Creational reign of Jesus, the Kingdom of God.
Point # 1: an exasperated rebuke (1-7)
- In light of eschatological realities, Corinthians should be able to settle their own disputes and be willing to suffer wrong.
Point # 2: an eschatological warning (8-10)
- Those whose lives are characterized by sin will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Point # 3: “And that is what some of you were . . .” (11)
- The Corinthians – though once their lives were characterized by sin – are now washed, sanctified and justified.
A few clarifying points:
- Paul is referring to civil matters in this text, not criminal. Paul does not permit Christians and their churches to avoid disclosing a crime to the God-ordained secular authorities (Romans 13:1-7).
- Paul understands that some things needing judgment or not considered improper outside the church (e.g., fornication, adultery, gossip, heresy).
- Paul does not forbid a Christian from filing a civil suit against a non-Christian – but then again, what is the heart motivation, eternal perspective, and eschatological understanding of the plaintiff? (Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 5:40).
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