Lawsuits among Believers
1If any of you has a legal dispute against another, do you dare go to court # Mt 18:15-17 before the unrighteous, # Unbelievers; v. 6 and not before the saints? 2Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest cases? 3Don’t you know that we will judge angels — not to mention ordinary matters? 4So if you have cases pertaining to this life, do you select those # Or life, appoint those (as a command) who have no standing # Lk 18:9 in the church to judge? 5I say this to your shame! # 1Co 4:14 Can it be that there is not one wise person among you who is able to arbitrate between his brothers? # Ac 9:30 6Instead, believer # Lit brothers goes to court against believer, and that before unbelievers! # Lk 12:46
7Therefore, to have legal disputes against one another is already a moral failure for you. # Rm 11:12 Why not rather put up with injustice? # Rv 2:11 Why not rather be cheated? # Mk 10:19 8Instead, you act unjustly and cheat — and you do this to believers! 9Don’t you know that the unrighteous # Lk 16:10 will not inherit God’s kingdom? # Mk 1:15; Ac 20:25 Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, # Eph 5:5 adulterers, # Lk 18:11 or anyone practicing homosexuality, # Lit adulterers, passive homosexual partners, active homosexual partners # Gn 19:5 10no thieves, # Jn 10:1 greedy # Eph 5:5 people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, # 1Co 5:11 or swindlers # Lk 18:11 will inherit God’s kingdom. 11And some of you used to be like this. # Eph 2:2-3; 4:22; 5:8; Ti 3:3 But you were washed, you were sanctified, # Lk 11:2 you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Glorifying God in Body and Spirit
12“Everything is permissible # Jn 18:31 for me,” # The words in quotation marks are most likely slogans used by some Corinthian Christians and corrected by Paul. but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything. 13“Food # 1Tm 6:8 for the stomach and the stomach for food,” but God will do away with both of them. # Lit both it and them The body is not for sexual immorality # 1Th 4:3 but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. # Mk 5:30; Lk 1:35; 6:19; Ac 19:11; 2Co 13:4; Rv 11:17 15Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? # Rm 12:5; 1Co 12:27; Eph 5:30 So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not! 16Don’t you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh. # Gn 2:24 # Gn 2:24 17But anyone joined # Jn 11:52 to the Lord is one spirit # Ps 51:12 with Him.
18Run # Jms 4:7 from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body.” # See note at 1Co 6:12-13. On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral # 1Co 10:8 sins against his own body. 19Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary # Lk 1:21 of the Holy Spirit # Rm 8:9,23; 1Co 7:40; 2Co 4:13; Jd 19 who is in you, # Jms 4:5; 1Jn 4:4 whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought # 2Pt 2:1 at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body. # Other mss add and in your spirit, which belong to God.