Do Not Sue the Brethren
1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the #Dan. 7:22; Matt. 19:28saints? 2Do you not know that #Ps. 49:14the 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 #2 Pet. 2:4judge 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. #(Prov. 20:22)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. #Acts 20:32; (1 Cor. 15:50); Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:5; 1 Tim. 1:9Neither 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 #(1 Cor. 12:2; Col. 3:5–7; Titus 3:3–7)some of you. #Heb. 10:22But 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.
Glorify God in Body and Spirit
12#1 Cor. 10:23All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13#Matt. 15:17; (Rom. 14:17); Col. 2:22Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for #1 Cor. 5:1; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; 1 Thess. 4:3sexual immorality but #1 Thess. 4:3for the Lord, #(Eph. 5:23)and the Lord for the body. 14And #Rom. 6:5, 8; 2 Cor. 4:14God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up #Eph. 1:19by His power.
15Do you not know that #Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 6:13; 12:27; Eph. 5:30your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For #Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5; Mark 10:8; Eph. 5:31“the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” 17#(John 17:21–23; Rom. 8:9–11); 1 Cor. 6:15; (Gal. 2:20); Eph. 4:4But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
18#Rom. 6:12; 1 Cor. 6:9; 2 Cor. 12:21; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; Heb. 13:4Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins #Rom. 1:24; 1 Thess. 4:4against his own body. 19Or #John 2:21; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, #Rom. 14:7and you are not your own? 20For #Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 7:23; Gal. 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:18; 2 Pet. 2:1; Rev. 5:9you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.