1 Corinthians 6:1-6

In 1 Corinthians 6:1-6 Paul tackles the way that believers should live with each other. Conflict will happen, it is a part of the human experience. So when it does, how should we work to resolve it? Paul makes clear that the answer is not to run to the worldly law and use legal resources that are not based on God’s laws and standards. When we have a grievance, we need to seek counsel and ultimately resolution from those within the body of Christ. “When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?” It is God’s truth that we should be measured and punished against by God’s people.

Even though there are many in places of legal authority around us, that won’t be the final outcome. God’s laws will be applied by God’s people when Jesus comes back. Jesus alone will sit at the right hand of God and hold every one of us accountable to give account for our lives when that final examination comes. There will be no ducking or finding a way around it. We will stand before Him and have to explain what we have done and when we are accused of sin in our life, we need the blood of Jesus as a covering of our sin or it’s not going to end well. “Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?”

God’s going to give Christ Followers a clean slate because the blood of Jesus covers all sin. Anyone of anything not believing in Him will not gain entry into heaven. There will be no exceptions. There will be no free passes. We will have to give account and as we do we’ll be held responsible for the choices we made to sin against God and His standards. “Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!” Who will be able to face that judgment on their own actions? None of us will. We’re all sinners in need of a Savior, and if we don’t have One, the judgment will be harsh and eternal.

Paul questions the church as to why it has not been active in dealing with judging within the body of Christ. Rather than address issues internally, there has been a history of taking each other to court outside the church. “So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?” Paul questions that logic and approach. He challenges them to settle things among themselves rather than run elsewhere. “I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?”

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