Daily Reading: Psalms 105, 106; 1 Corinthians 5
You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst. (1 Corinthians 5:2, NASB95)
There was a man in the Corinthian church who was sleeping with his father’s wife. It is such an offensive sin that even the world despises it (1 Cor. 5:1). Paul takes issue with the way the Corinthians have responded to this. They are boasting when they should have been grieving this sin within their midst (1 Cor. 5:2, 6). At the heart of the problem is the way God views sin and what He has done about it.
- The wrath of God is against sin and wickedness (Rom. 1:18); therefore, God sent His Son to pay the price for sin once and for all.
- Those who receive Jesus as their Passover lamb are delivered from sin and made new (unleavened; 1 Cor. 5:7).
- Believers are holy in Christ, and cannot go on living the way they used to (1 Cor. 5:8).
Believers have to take sin seriously because God does. He hates it. Therefore, Christians cannot wink at sin, or pretend that it’s not there. A Christian who falls in sin and refuses correction is to be considered as an unbeliever (Matt. 18:15-17). Paul’s delivering this man to Satan (1 Cor. 5:5) is a recognition of the man’s spiritual state under the enemy’s dominion, as well as Christ’s sovereign rule over all, including the enemy. A Christian who chooses to remain in sin is not truly delivered from it, and thus is still under Satan’s authority. The reason for disfellowship is so that the sinning member might be ashamed, repent and be restored to Christ and His Body. Christians are to pray for their restoration and love them back into the kingdom. How do you view sin and wickedness, especially when committed by Christians? How do you respond to Christians who continue in sin, but don’t want to listen to correction?