(ii) The Case of Lawsuits  (6:1-11)

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Read the following passage and then answer the questions to find out what the second case is all about..


1 Cor 6:1-11

1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?

2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

3Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?

4If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?

5I 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?

6But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!

7Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?

8No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!

9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,

10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

11And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.


(a) The Problem:

Remember that Paul has heard news of various problems in the Corinthian Church. In this particular case what seems to be the problem ? Click here for the answer.

Should this have happened ? Why or why not ? Click here for the answer.


Assume that man A has wronged man B , what does Paul say to each man and to the Church ?

To the Church (see verses 1-6) : Click here for the answer.

To Man B (See verses 7-8) : Click here for the answer.

To Man A (See verses 9-11) : Click here for the answer.

(b) The Application:

We now must apply the principles learnt above to modern day examples of such events:

Should the members of the Church ever take people to court ?

From what we have seen we can say that Church members should NEVER take other church members to secular court. The matter should be dealt with in a wise and Biblical way in the Church itself (the way it should be conducted has already been looked at in the case of Incest).

Are there any cases where Christians are not necessarily in the wrong when they participate in a secular court ? Obviously, some will be forced to take part in such secular courts which does not mean they are in the wrong (but they must still keep their attitude right in the midst of the proceedings).

Paul's main desire is to see the Corinthian Church rise up into its full stature in Christ which would make it truly a missions Church, a light to the nations. The Church is to inherit the nations as co-heirs with Christ, but this cannot be so unless they learn to exercise their God-given authority and take matters of a serious nature before the Lord in His Temple (The Church). Their testimony is darkened by such practices and the world looks on only to see an ineffective and hypocritical church that has no power!

Now you are ready to go on to the next case: The Case of Fornication.

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