1Co 5:4-5 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.and
1Co 5:13 God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."They were to put the sinner out of the church. This action was to be taken, not privately, but in an assembly of the whole church. It was designed to correct and restore the sinner. It was also for the purpose of protecting the church:
1Co 5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?Paul drew an analogy between the sin in Corinth and leaven in a lump of dough. He reminded them of the instructions about leaven associated with the Jewish Passover. The Israelites had been commanded to remove all leaven from their homes (Ex 12:14-15). That leaven represented the Egyptian practices that had infiltrated the Israelite community during their years in Egypt. As they left Egypt, they needed to eradicate these practices so they could be a pure people for God's possession. They would then kill the Passover Lamb and partake of the Passover feast. Likewise, Christ (our Passover Lamb) has been sacrificed. So we need to get rid of the yeast of wickedness, and partipate in the church with sincerity and truth.
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.There are a couple of sins on that list that might surprise some people.
A reproachful man; a man of coarse, harsh, and bitter words; a man whose characteristic it was to abuse others; to vilify their character, and wound their feelings. It is needless to say how much this is contrary to the spirit of Christianity, and to the example of the Master, “who when he was reviled, reviled not again.”It is common in our culture for people casually to speak evil of others. It must not be accepted practice in the church. A person who is in the habit of abusive speech, if unrepentant, must be expelled from the church. The goal of that action is to bring the sinner to repentance so they can be restored, and to protect the overall health of the church.
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