1 Corinthians
Chapter 5

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1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Commentary for 1 Corinthians 5

The apostle blames the Corinthians for connivance at an incestuous person; (1-8) and directs their behaviour towards those guilty of scandalous crimes. (9-13)1-8 The apostle notices a flagrant abuse, winked at by the Corinthians. Party spirit, and a false notion of Christian liberty, seem to have saved the offender from censure. Grievous indeed is it that crimes should sometimes be committed by professors of the gospel, of which even heathens would be ashamed. Spiritual pride and false doctrines tend to bring in, and to spread such scandals. How dreadful the effects of sin! The devil reigns where Christ does not. And a man is in his kingdom, and under his power, when not in Christ. The bad example of a man of influence is very mischievous; it spreads far and wide. Corrupt principles and examples, if not corrected, would hurt the whole church. Believers must have new hearts, and lead new lives. Their common conversation and religious deeds must be holy. So far is the sacrifice of Christ our Passover for us, from rendering personal and public holiness unnecessary, that it furnishes powerful reasons and motives for it. Without holiness we can neither live by faith in him, nor join in his ordinances with comfort and profit.

9-13 Christians are to avoid familiar converse with all who disgrace the Christian name. Such are only fit companions for their brethren in sin, and to such company they should be left, whenever it is possible to do so. Alas, that there are many called Christians, whose conversation is more dangerous than that of heathens!

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 5

  • Ambassador for Christ
    They have let the sin go to far. Letting a sinner among you parading his fathers wife as his own. Christ says he has to go! Maybe in order to be saved! Surely. Others that are watching and learning will not sin in that way, it’s scandalous.
  • Margaret Berry
    Question: when reading this scripture can anyone tell me : Are people told they cannot come into a church building,having already ask to have their church membership removed and had been granted their request.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 5:12 for what have I to do to judge them also that are without --- do not you judge them that are within --5:13-- but them that are without GOD judgeth therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 5:11 but now I have written unto you --- NOT TO KEEP COMPANY --- if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator or covetous or an idolater or a railer or a drunkard or an extortioner --- WITH SUCH AN ONE NO NOT TO EAT --5:12-- for what have I to do to judge them also that are without --- DO NOT YOU JUDGE THEM THAT ARE WITHIN ---
  • Leo ozoemena
    The book of Corithians is quite powerful !
  • ALEX
    The KJV SAYS the kingdom of GOD IS GONNA BE WITHIN YOU NOT IN YOUR MISTS. AN EXTERNAL KINGDOM WD BE NO THREAT TO SATAN.HE HAS TO BE WITH IN US.AS JESUS SAYS ABIDE IN ME AND I IN YOU,OUR BODIES ARE HIS TEMPLE HE SAYS HE DWELLETH WITH YOU BUT SHALL BE IN YOU. Simply b/c that kingdom seed his WORD is sown in our hearts not in our mists,That mystery of the kingdom of GOD is Christ in you .GBU
  • Darlene
    Jesus answered Luke 17:20When asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied,“The kingdom of God will not come with observable signs. 21Nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’ For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”it is by "faith" Eph 2:1-10 and "grace" in Jesus Accomplishing it all, His last words on the cross were 'it is finished"
  • A disciple
    Paul is showing his love for him? Of course, he's evidently outraged by the unclean spirit being able to breach the wall of grace and protection! How about love for holiness and virtue? The point is NOT once saved always saved; but extreme alarm of danger of eternal destruction for letting sin back in! Giving one over to Satan for destruction in order to POSSIBLY save that one, is no guarantee!

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Bible Trivia

What does a little leaven do?
  • Make the lump taste better
  • Leaven the whole lump
  • Make the Lump stale
  • Cause heartbreak