1 Corinthians 6* Cautions against going to law in heathen courts. (1-8) Sinswhich, if lived and died in, shut out from the kingdom of God.(9-11) Our bodies, which are the members of Christ, and templesof the Holy Ghost, must not be defiled. (12-20)1-8 Christians should not contend with one another, for theyare brethren. This, if duly attended to, would prevent manylaw-suits, and end many quarrels and disputes. In matters ofgreat damage to ourselves or families, we may use lawful meansto right ourselves, but Christians should be of a forgivingtemper. Refer the matters in dispute, rather than go to lawabout them. They are trifles, and may easily be settled, if youfirst conquer your own spirits. Bear and forbear, and the men ofleast skill among you may end your quarrels. It is a shame thatlittle quarrels should grow to such a head among Christians,that they cannot be determined by the brethren. The peace of aman's own mind, and the calm of his neighbourhood, are worthmore than victory. Lawsuits could not take place among brethren,unless there were faults among them. 9-11 The Corinthians are warned against many great evils, ofwhich they had formerly been guilty. There is much force inthese inquiries, when we consider that they were addressed to apeople puffed up with a fancy of their being above others inwisdom and knowledge. All unrighteousness is sin; all reigningsin, nay, every actual sin, committed with design, and notrepented of, shuts out of the kingdom of heaven. Be notdeceived. Men are very much inclined to flatter themselves thatthey may live in sin, yet die in Christ, and go to heaven. Butwe cannot hope to sow to the flesh, and reap everlasting life.They are reminded what a change the gospel and grace of God hadmade in them. The blood of Christ, and the washing ofregeneration, can take away all guilt. Our justification isowing to the suffering and merit of Christ; our sanctificationto the working of the Holy Spirit; but both go together. All whoare made righteous in the sight of God, are made holy by thegrace of God. 12-20 Some among the Corinthians seem to have been ready tosay, All things are lawful for me. This dangerous conceit St.Paul opposes. There is a liberty wherewith Christ has made usfree, in which we must stand fast. But surely a Christian wouldnever put himself into the power of any bodily appetite. Thebody is for the Lord; is to be an instrument of righteousness toholiness, therefore is never to be made an instrument of sin. Itis an honour to the body, that Jesus Christ was raised from thedead; and it will be an honour to our bodies, that they will beraised. The hope of a resurrection to glory, should keepChristians from dishonouring their bodies by fleshly lusts. Andif the soul be united to Christ by faith, the whole man isbecome a member of his spiritual body. Other vices may beconquered in fight; that here cautioned against, only by flight.And vast multitudes are cut off by this vice in its variousforms and consequences. Its effects fall not only directly uponthe body, but often upon the mind. Our bodies have been redeemedfrom deserved condemnation and hopeless slavery by the atoningsacrifice of Christ. We are to be clean, as vessels fitted forour Master's use. Being united to Christ as one spirit, andbought with a price of unspeakable value, the believer shouldconsider himself as wholly the Lord's, by the strongest ties.May we make it our business, to the latest day and hour of ourlives, to glorify God with our bodies, and with our spiritswhich are his.
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