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1 Corinthians 6 - Part B

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August 8, 2022 6:00 am

1 Corinthians 6 - Part B

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August 8, 2022 6:00 am

There is no shortage of conflict in the body of Christ. In this message, Skip shares how you can help cultivate reconciliation with those around you in the church.


Paul the apostle will say to the Corinthians. If you have great gifts but you don't have love you like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal that the expression, especially brother to brother, sister, sister, brother and sister in the body of Christ, the chief expression of the expression of love, because the church is always be conflict and disagreement today on connect with Skip Skip shares insight on conflict resolution within the church and how you can be a part of bringing believers together to let you know about a resource that will help you experience and renewal in your life recently published an article with 22 tips for how to completely change your life and when found complicated. The Bible tells a different story about how to change your life that repent and return to God reminds us we need to always insert but God and to every situation here. Skip, I think what God is a phrase that appears 45 times in Scripture. It's a game changing phrase means that no matter who you are what you have done no matter how you may have failed.

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Call 819 to 1888. Four. Get online securely Let's dive into today's teacher will be in first: chapter 6 begins.

We know that Jesus will have an iron rod rule and reign absolute authority for thousand years be the only time there will be perfect government on their don't care who you voted for. You'll never get it on this earth. We certainly don't have it now. It's far from perfect reason.

All yeah but if so-and-so runs still like to be perfect, be better than what we have but still not to be perfect perhaps.

Perhaps not never know.

One never knows. But one day when Jesus returns, he will set up his kingdom upon the earth and give authority to the 12 apostles and to the saints. The body of Christ, God's people to rule and reign with him to have some kind of cold rulership with him in the kingdom is given us authority over the nations to rule with him with the rod of iron. That is something that was talked about even in the Old Testament. It is alluded to many times and spoke about in the New Testament the way back in the Old Testament in chapter 7 of Daniel. Daniel has a vision of the Son of Man and the Son of Man is given a kingdom and it says in that chapter I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He came to the ancient of days and they brought him near before him. Then to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom. This is all on the earth, that all peoples, nations and languages all that context is earthly in scope should serve him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away his kingdom the one which will not be destroyed same chapter it says then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the most high, and his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

So in the future. Some big stuff I had for you in the future.

In some role you're going to help in the kingdom made with Jesus Christ as he rules and reigns. He's gonna let you help him adjudicate that perfect government with a rod of iron. What could be said in describing that someday outreach a series just on the kingdom made to be a fun thing to study, but what would you have some kind of a rulership so here's Paul's thinking because he is thinking eschatological is eschatological. He rewrites us in the enzymes you know you have a judge the world.

So if you're to have that kind of a role in the future if if God is can allow you to be on his Supreme Court in the kingdom age.

Why do you think you're unqualified to deal with issues between brother and brother in the church that you have to take a two-week secular court to handle in his writing that their shame they should be qualified no hear me out. When a Christian takes another Christian to court.

Nobody wins, except the devil you are, say number one I don't trust that this can be handled by God's people. It's a statement of un-faith against the church and number two it is allowing dirty laundry to be aired before the unbelieving world. Paul makes that point, you think you're unworthy to judge in the smallest matters. Verse three continues. Chapter 6 first Corinthians, do you not know that we shall judge angels how much more the things that pertain to this life.

If I'm an angel and I I look at that.

I'm not stoked 08. What weight we hold up got there going to judge us. Those guys right member. The Angels are looking into things pertaining to salvation.

Peter said they marvel at the fact that God could extend such grace and love to us there blown away God's grace toward mankind, and yet God says you are my people, my saints ones are getting longer on the earth to judge the Angels. What is that mean exactly. Well, I don't think it means that you're gonna find your guardian angel. When you get to have a good day.

I have a couple questions for you member the time I got a car crash. Where were you you know what's up with that. I don't think that's the idea. I don't think really be judging good angels. I think we can have some kind of role in judging evil angels you remember, both in the book of second Peter and in the book of Jude.

Both of them right. Almost the identical truth that some God did not spare the angels that send, but cast them into hell and has them in everlasting chains of darkness, awaiting judgment, some kind of judgment call will be made that you and I are going to help administrate that's what I believe it's a reference to, not the good angels, but the evil angels the fallen angels in the lettuce help in some kind of a capacity so again judge the world and if you can. The judge angels to some degree in the future you can handle a squabble between brother and sister in the church. Here's Paul's point, the most untrained believer, the least, the most untrained believer in legal matters, but who believes and knows of the word of God and is filled with the Holy Spirit is much better at handling a case like that than the most train to Harvard law student or professor who doesn't have the word of God or the spirit of so Greeks put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Verse four. If you then have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge. I say this to your shame she's getting is getting very pointed ears like he same to the Corinthians.

Shame on you. Corinthians should know better. I say this to your shame. Is it so that there is not a wise man among you, not even one who will be able to judge between his brethren, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers. Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you should go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong. Why do you not rather let yourselves be defrauded know you yourselves do wrong and defraud, and you do these things to your brethren.

The whole idea here is some an idea of love.

So you know that Jesus said we are to love one another.

You're to love each other.

I usually even love your enemies of Paul the apostle will say to the Corinthians. If if you have great gifts but you don't have love you like a noisy gong or like a clanging cymbal that the expression, especially brother to brother sister to sister, brother and sister in the body of Christ, the chief expression out to be the expression of love. So what you do if somebody wronged you. When I was a question Peter had for Jesus. He said they Jesus, you talk a lot about forgiveness so so how many times am I supposed to forgive my brother like Arno seven times Debbie a lot, you know somebody messed with Peter like seven times for me to forget Mech that's huge so I'm in a debate here, God seven times. Jesus said no not 7707. So we talked about that kind of love that kind of forgiveness that kind of willingness to be defrauded and even be wronged by people just forgive just move on.

Don't hold a grudge, but in that same chapter. Jesus gives a context. He says this if your brother sins against you, go to him personally, privately.

That's how you handle one on one.

Try to work it out. Go charge him with the wrong say you know what what you said was so offensive to me that really hurt. I took that as a as an offense. Oh, I'm so sorry.

But I'll never do it again or or visit I didn't do anything wrong.

You're the idiot. So if you go and your brother that has sinned against you will not receive your admonition.

Your rebuke your reconciliation. Jesus said then you take with you two or three others by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word would be established. Now you have arbitration. They have some impartial witnesses who can give their wisdom and help you settle the issue. Jesus said if that doesn't work.

Remember what he said said tell it to the church, tell it to the church bring it within the context of church.

The church environment and the authority of the body of Christ and let the church make that decision. It seems to that that Paul has this in mind when he writes that take you to the churches in our one wise person among you who can make this decision and help you out in these matters. Instead of going to the secular courts not here's a question because were sharing. This might maybe right now you're in the midst of a lawsuit man and I did know that verse was in there but but but now II got a lawsuit against the wall once it's in the courts. You have to let it usually have to write it out. Although, when you hire a lawyer. I five.

Given this counsel before, when and I will get into the detail, but the guys what I do. It's a bar of Artie hired the lawyer's wealth.

That's it. You you hired the lawyers you can fire the lawyer's come up and say don't need your services anymore. Bill me for whatever you've done in the call it quits. Handle it in a different way. But if it's in the courts. Already you have to write it out. If it's not in the courts already number one.

Go to your brother, try to handle it. Number two bring people with you. If they don't want to listen then bring it to the leadership of the church and get elders and deacons and leaders involved in that. You know. Fortunately, we live in a city that has seen great success with biblical reconciliation. In fact, a national group was started in New Mexico by Christian lawyers. Some years ago, all for the purpose of fulfilling this passage is a biblical mandate keeping things outside the courts getting people who are skilled in law but more than that spirit filled believers. People who believe the word of God to settle the issues to settle the dispute outside of the secular courts in the context of the church and because of their work. Now around the country.

The idea of of independent arbitration or reconciliation before it goes to a judge is widely accepted because largely the work that was done with that Christian group in town some years ago.

He says in verse seven. Why do you not rather accept wrong.

Why do you not rather let your selves be defrauded. It's a novel concept, let them walk all over me.

Well, will will what did Jesus say Jesus said turn the other cheek and somebody slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other cheek instead of doing much with one slot my cheek know both cheeks and he says if he's soon as you to take away your tunic given your cloak also who just wouldn't turn my cloak is no right to buy another cloak. Let yourself be defrauded because you can go to court you can win the case and lose your brother and lose your testimony. I work says no, you yourselves do wrong and defraud, and you do these things to your brothers, your brethren, do you not know verse nine do you not know that the unrighteous your you're bringing this before the unrighteous, the unbelieving world are settling these court cases set up playing the role of the judge. The arbiter making adjudications making a discriminations when people have these behaviors whether it's for incest or whether it's for legal cases.

He's kind of tying these things together you're willing to take it before the unrighteous, but he says don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God are bringing kingdom matters before unrighteous judges don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators fornication is sexual sin usually it is a sin described in the Bible before marriage. When a person is a single, nor idolaters, worshiping false gods false religious systems, nor adulterers usually ascend talked about as a once a person is married nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.

It's an unfortunate translation because you're getting don't really get the force of the Greek language of those two words. The homosexuals sodomites. The Greek language is much more precise and incidentally the old King James version happens to be a more accurate translation than the new King James or for that matter. Most of the other translations of this particular verse.

The old King James translates those last two sins by saying this way nor the effeminate, nor the abusers of themselves with mankind, the effeminate of that word translated here homosexuals usually refers to any homosexual relation ship. The person who takes the passive role in in a male homosexual relation would be, who would take the female role. The softer role and then the second word, sodomites or abusers of themselves with mankind and the King James is in a homosexual relational context, somebody takes the more dominant aggressive role and I he's bringing that up because he speak of the Greeks and a highborn Greeks saw homosexuality couple thousand years ago as the purest form of all of William Barclay says that Socrates was a homosexual. As was Plato. In fact, Plato's writings, the famous writing. The symposium of love was Plato writing about homosexual lovers in those days it was an adult with an underaged male child that was accepted in that culture.

I think I mentioned last week that 14 of the 15th of of the first 15 Roman emperors were also homosexual so is very, very common in those days, and in those days the older male usually took the aggressive, dominant role in the young boy in that culture took the passive role. That's the reference of the word. Sorry to be so explicit, but I figured you should know that's what is writing about so he says do you not know that fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, nor sodomites. Whichever role they take, nor thieves, nor cabbages, nor drunkards nor violators nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And I know you you read that some of you at messes with me.

It's not my problem. It doesn't mess with me I ever really bothers me, bro.

My only duty is to declare to you what God has said to his word and you either accept it or you don't. So in the book of Romans chapter 1, which we arty cover just remind you of this.

Paul writes about the Gentile flow of sin throughout ancient culture throughout actually all time. Therefore, God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed forever.

Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Now you might say, well, you know, that was back then and that culture, but in today's culture. Things are different and you can't say those things because in this culture that kind of stuff is acceptable. It was more acceptable in that culture.

The reason it's becoming now acceptable. After a long period of time is because of the rich Judeo-Christian heritage. This country has had for so long to update in amp and stem the tide of that kind of stuff in modern history was the injection of Christianity in the world that put an end to that.

Now you are seeing a resurgence back to an ancient culture so understand when Paul wrote these things. It was like when people brothers at, because if 14 of the 15 first Roman emperors were homosexuals. And Paul is like talking smack in a pretty upfront you know he got blowback for. So here's what I want you to see. Paul says in Romans one these things date they happen they have happened.

But it's against nature in the word there in Greek is physis and amines against God's natural created order God's natural created order.

God has sent a created order from the beginning, and he's the same yesterday today and forever. God does not change in his word does not change so if you tell me.

Well, God made me this way I'm to say no. He did not. You may be a product of your environment, you may be a product of some social conditioning. You may be a product of of a lot of different messaging that is going on. You might even be of the victim of some feelings that every human being has toward his or her own sexuality, but there is God's physis and then there are those things that are against playsets against the natural created work that Skip the message from the series expound first you skipped until you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way to help others to the gospel. The greatest demonstration of love. I mean true love is Jesus Christ.

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