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Oct 23, 2023

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

In continuing to write about the immorality which the Corinthian church had failed to address, Paul broadens his discussion about the nature of the church. Apparently, the church in Corinth had developed a faulty view of themselves, as well as a faulty view of unbelievers outside the church.

With regard to the church community, there needed to be a greater pursuit of holiness.  In this particular case, such a pursuit required that the immoral man be removed from the fellowship of the church (1 Cor 5:2,13).  With regard to unbelievers outside the church community, there needed to be a deeper compassion.

Paul warns the Christians in Corinth not to so isolate themselves from unbelievers that they have no association with them … "since then you would need to go out of the world" (1 Cor 5:10).  How can we proclaim the gospel of Christ if we have no relationships with unbelievers? 

Last, deeper holiness within the church community is the result of greater individual pursuit of knowing and delighting in God.  Theology is the foundation of and fountain of morality.  If our communion with God is sweet, our obedience to His commands will follow.