17 Mar Doctrine and Practice
1 Cor. 6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 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? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!…You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. Paul has just finished chiding the Corinthians for their lack of disgust at the sin of the sexually immoral brother in ch. 5 and now he expounds on the fact that judgment is reserved for God yet there is an element of seeing what is wrong and right in view of God’s righteous decrees in the Word. The impact of Paul’s questions is penetrating…he cannot believe how stiff of neck and heart of mind they are to not know what needs to be when tense situations come up.
Rather than setting out a list of what they should do, Paul is telling them that they need to be gripped in a new way by the power of the Gospel and the Spirit that dwells in them. They are acting as though they had no Spirit in them. They are letting sin go unpunished, destroying their witness in the world, propagating worldly interpretations of law and remedies for sin. They go to court, yet they will judge even angels. Why such fleshly actions?!?! It is due to the fact that they do not realize that the Spirit of God dwells in them. Verse 20 exhorts the Corinthians to have a new mind. They belong to God. As a result, they will glorify God in their bodies – sexual activity, law suits, forgiveness, purity in the Church, and their thinking.