Do Not Sue the Brethren

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!

7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

— 1 Corinthians 6:1-11.

Where Christian brothers have a contentious matter between them, they should not go to the law courts to decide it. Our position, in Christ, will be even higher than that of angels in heaven. Just as the fallen angels have been judged by Christ, it seems that we will be senior to angels there. Why, then, cannot those in authority in our churches down here decide matters of dispute between Christians? It is better to suffer harm from another Christian than to take him to law before an unregenerate world.

People living unrighteous and lewd lifestyles ‘will not inherit the kingdom of God’. But it is not only those who have offended sexually by excess, immorality or perversion who will be excluded. So will other sinners whose lifestyle reveals that they are not under God’s kingship. They, too, are guilty as charged.

What a testimony to the power of God through the gospel that some of the Corinthians, who were crawling in that filthy bog of sin, have been washed and set apart for God. This is because they have been counted as righteous through the name of the Lord Jesus and changed by the operation of the Holy Spirit. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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