1ST CORINTHIANS 6:1-5 (9 OF 28)

by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 6:1-5 (9 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

The next indictment against the Corinthian church is now presented. Some had sought judgments against their brethren in heathen courts. This Paul indignantly rebukes. The Jews themselves made it a rule never to carry cases before heathen tribunals. Much worse was it in Christians.

The word dare is a very strong word here. The pride of the Corinthians knew no limits. They were brazen in their pride and that is what pride will do to anyone. It will blind you towards an unholy boldness against each other and the truth. This was not a problem that was exclusive to the Corinthians at all, for we face the same issue today. The word dare has the thought of a person(s) being so bold or not shunning to do something out of fear. In this case, it would obviously be fear of God. These folks had no shame regarding their actions. Was no one qualified to arbitrate in the entire church? These verses prove that it is the church's business to deal with matters in-house. The reasons why will become clear momentarily.

Paul's question was asked with great sense of disbelief. He wanted find out just how far their madness would go. He asked; "Are you so bold, so fearless, in a negative sense, that any one of you having a matter would go to the unjust authorities and not to the saints? Have you become so impudent, that you are not ashamed to make the Gospel a laughing stock to profane men?"

What does the word matter mean? In a forensic or legal sense, it means a matter at law, a case, or a lawsuit.

This is a very interesting question that Paul asked because it has tremendous significance in our age as well. It should be asked of many professing believers with the same sense of disbelief as Paul when he asked of the Corinthians.

When churches do not ma ...

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