1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Perhaps when you were young, you did something so foolish that your parents sat you down and proceeded to ask you a stream of rhetorical questions, one on top of the other. By the time you formulated an answer to one, the next one was on its way! In this passage, the Apostle Paul is similarly vexed with the Corinthian church. In 1 Corinthians 5, they refused to confront someone who was clearly in sin. Here, they are confronting one another, but in the wrong way. The Corinthians are dragging each other before the local courts, bringing reproach on the church and disrupting its unity. Paul corrects them by teaching them about their role in Jesus’ judgment at the end of the age, and then reminds them that those who hold on to their sin will not inherit the kingdom of God. Paul then graciously reminds the Corinthians of what Jesus has done for them, and encourages them to live out these realities.