1 Corinthians 5:9-13 – Summary


A. Outline Footnote

1.Party Spirit in the Church, chs 1-4 Footnote

2.Moral Disorders in the Church, chs 5-7 – to be filled in as we go through this section in order to give the context of what has been written.

a.Ch. 5 A Stern Rebuke; Dealing with Sin, Specific & General

i.5:1-8 (Paul focusses on) Specific Immorality Addressed; Rebuking Immorality;

Recognising & Dealing with Sin; Sin Defiles the Church

ii.5:9-13 Purify the Church; Immorality (Sin) Requires Judgement

Separate Yourselves from the Unworthy

b.Ch. 6 _____________________________________________________________

i.6:1-11 ________________________________________________________

ii.6:12-20 ________________________________________________________

c.Ch. 7 _____________________________________________________________

i.7:1-9 ________________________________________________________

ii.7:10-16 ________________________________________________________

iii.7:17-24 ________________________________________________________

iv.7:25-40 ________________________________________________________

3.Social Relations in the Church, chs 8-11

4.Spiritual Gifts in the Church, chs 12-14

5.Fundamental Doctrine of the Church, ch 15

6.Conclusion of the Letter, ch 16


B. 9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I [did] not at all [mean] with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler – not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within [the church]? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. ‘Remove the wicked man from among yourselves’ Footnote .


C. I Corinthians 5:9-13 – fill in the title for these verses in the section above

1.V 9 – 9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;”

a.Key Idea(s): “I told you so!”; Sanctification reminder; Separation from immoral people; Reference to past letter.

b.Where is that letter found in the NT? – It is not!

c.If a letter should be discovered that appears to be that letter, should it be added to the NT? – No. The books in the NT canon were selected by the early church as valid based on ‘first & second generation’ testimony of individuals & churches. A new discovery has no such validation and could be a ‘forgery’ inspired by Satan.

 

2.V 10 – 10 I [did] not at all [mean] with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world.

a.Key Idea(s): “Don’t be hermits”; “I’m not referring to unbelievers”; Clarification of separation’s meaning - not referring to unbelievers

b.If Paul’s words had been misunderstood in that fashion, what other Biblical command would not be obeyed? – the Great Commission, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

3.V 11 – 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler – not even to eat with such a one.

a.Key Idea(s): It’s immoral Christians needing rebuke; “I’m referring to disobedient believers”; Stay away from those claiming Christ but not living it out

b.In what realm were Paul’s instructions to be understood? – the kingdom of God on earth – the visible, local church.

c.What means of discipline was to be used? – ostracisation, particularly in the matter of table and social fellowship; possibly more specifically at the Lord’s Table.(cf Jude 22f)

 

4.V 12 – 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within [the church]?

a.Key Idea(s): Judge insiders, not outsiders; Judge Christians only

b.What should the focus of the church body be? – on the Name of Christ and how it is upheld by the good reputation of the church, whose people name that Name.

 

5.V 13 – 13 But those who are outside, God judges. ‘Remove the wicked man from among yourselves’.

a.Key Idea(s): God judges outsiders; Different group, different judge

b.What is the context of the OT quotation? – see footnote on previous page. – The OT law, primarily national, how Israel was to live in the land with God as King. In these particular instances it prescribed execution for transgression of a specific law.

c.Why does that context not apply in the church? – (1)we are citizens of the spiritual kingdom of God but also are residents & subject to secular government, to which belongs the power of the sword (Romans 13:4), not to us; (2) we are under grace, not law. So we apply the principle (removal) not the method (execution).