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

  • Felicia
    Verse 5
    It will be a suffocating experience for a true Christian to be cut off from the church communion from all the visible means of grace from God's influence from His covering and to be handed over back to the world to be under the power of Satan again. I pray we'll not sin deliberately however if we did we would quickly turn to Jesus and repent and He is faithful to forgive us all our sins.
  • Linda
    For some living the God centered life comes quick and easy. For others it is one step foreword aND 2 steps back. We need to love those that are in the struggle and encourage them to seek and trust in the Lord. This is a battle the enemy will not give up easily. And if he does give up on you, you need to ask why. Maybe you are not a threat to him. Godbless.
  • Farhana/Faustina
    through holiness Our Lord entered the flesh and became one among us and came to save us, but beware the Devil who is the enemy, enters the flesh through sin so that he may destroy us.
  • Wayne
    Ahuwa, if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with the other, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses from all sin. Wages of sin, death: gift of God Eternal Life!!! No judgment for the redeemed of God. Just blessings. Get right, live right, stay right with The Lord!

  • Delvin Walters
    The scripture guides us on how we should stay away from sin even if its mean that we will loose some of our friend by not indulge in the sinful things of the world (glory to god in the highest)
  • Robin
    Don't let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch.

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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