Thursday, June 4, 2015

1 Corinthians 6: Notes on Sin

1 Corinthians 6
Notes on Sin

VERSES 1-11
SIN - 1). The Corinthians were cheating their fellow Christians. (v.8) Cheating is always wrong, but especially evil when aimed at those closest to us. We should care for each other so much that cheating would never cross our minds. Sin always brings us to a point of hurting those we love the most. 2). Paul lists out those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (v.9,10) This is not an exhaustive list but we can see certain categories within it: Sexual sins, money issues, and sins involved in hurting others. We must take caution to remove all sin from our lives, but especially those areas which were highlighted to the Corinthian church.

VERSES 12-20
SIN - 1). They were boasting in their freedom but Paul warned them to be careful. (v.12) He quoted them as saying they are free to do anything, yet he reminded them that many things will destroy their relationship with God. 'Everything' is not necessarily sin, God allows us to do whatever we want. But it may not benefit us and might even control us. It's not just the big addictions, even the little things should be abstained from. 2). We were not made to enjoy sin, but rather to enjoy God (v.13) Our bodies don't need sin like they need food. God is a basic need in our lives. The power of sin is ultimately in trying to replace God in our lives. When we go to God regularly it makes us stronger and spiritually healthy. 3). When we sin, we are uniting ourselves with something evil. (v.15,16) This is especially true of sexual sin. We have been called out of this world though we still live in it. We can’t unite ourselves to the things of this world and expect to be separate. The more we sin, the more unholy attachments we have that need to be cut off and discarded. This is a painful process and keeps us from being where God wants us to be, in union with Him. Immorality creates chaos and keeps us restless, off-balance, unfocused. It rips our lives apart and crushes our loved ones. Impurity is pure hell, every single time. 4). Sexual sin can have worse consequences than other sins. (v.18) Paul made a distinction that sexual sin is sinning against your own body. This probably alludes to the many issues that can occur physically (venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, STD’s, etc.) but the emotional pain can be intense as well. This is a sin that especially should be avoided in our lives. It starts off small (beneficial) than gets big (mastered). When you eat, it feeds you life. Sexual sin becomes your food, and without it, your body feels like it will starve. It longs for the sin. But we should be longing for God. It's a form of idolatry.