Number 21: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Number 22: and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Number 23: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Number 24: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”
– Luke 8:1-3
NIV Study Bible note on verse 3: helping to support them. Jesus and his disciples did not provide for themselves by miracles but were supported by the service and means of such grateful people as these women.
Courageous women give of themselves to the men they love. It struck me how these women, despite the limited means to which they must have had access as first century women, were willing to sacrifice for their Lord, a man who already owned everything.
Women who are grateful for the men in their lives naturally draw of themselves to nurture their men.
Number 25: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Your words have great power in the life of your husband … they can lift him up and give him confidence, or they can beat him down.
Your words can make a difference in the life of your husband. We have compiled a list of fifty things to say to your husband to make him feel great. Why not try one today?
1. Thanks for doing that. It means a lot to me when you serve me in little ways like that.
2. I am such a different woman because of the way you _____ (love me, gently lead me, make me feel secure, etc.).
3. I know you and I haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye lately. But I want to let you know that I accept you whether I agree with you or not, and I’m committed to working on our relationship so we both feel understood and secure.
4. I don’t have a bit of a headache tonight. Interested?
5. I can’t believe how _____ you are. You are so clearly gifted in that area.
6. I’m seeing lately that you may not feel very _____, but I hope you know I still respect you deeply.
7. The way you is such a good complement to me. God knew what I needed when He gave me you.
8. I love it when you wear that.
9. You are my best friend.
10. I am more in love with you than ever.
11. I want to go out with you. Are you free on _____ night?
12. No matter how royally you mess up, I’ll always be glad you’re mine, I’ll forgive you, and I’ll love your socks off.
13. I got the car washed and serviced today, hoping it would just take a little of the load off of you.
14. I’m sorry. Will you please forgive me for _____?
15. It is so cool to watch the man you’ve become since we’ve been married.
16. I’m proud of you.
17. What would sound great for dinner tonight?
18 I forgive you. And I won’t bring this up again, okay?
19. Got a minute? There’s something I want to show you in the bedroom.
20. You handled that incredibly well.
21. You’re right.
22. Got your favorite snack at the grocery store!
23. Just wanted to let you know I’m praying for you.
24. I trust you.
25. Let’s put the kids to bed early.
26. Go ahead and sleep in tomorrow.
27. I had no idea you could do that! You continue to impress me.
28. What do you think?
29. Can I give you a massage?
30. I love being around you.
31. To the kids: I love your dad so much. He is so _____.
32. I got a babysitter tonight!
33. I think you have so much to offer, and I can see it in the ways you _____.
34. I’m so glad you’re home.
35. Do you feel like I’m understanding you?
36. I saw this at the store, and it made me think of you.
37. I love doing _____ with you.
38. You are one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. I am so humbled God gave me you.
39. I stayed within the budget this month!
40. You and me this evening: Game on.
41. I got tickets!
42. Mind if I hold your hand?
43. I made your favorite _____.
44. Why don’t you take the night off? I’ve got the kids.
45. You are so well-disciplined in _____.
46. You still take my breath away.
47. I miss you. Have a great time!
48. Our kids are so blessed to have a dad like you. I love the way you _____ them.
49. You make me so happy just by being you.
50. I love you so much.
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God a ; believe also in me.2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really know me, you will know b my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15“If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be c in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.
Number 26: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”
– Genesis 4:1
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.
– Romans 8:29 (NASB)
Similar to “satisfy” in Proverbs 5:19, the Hebrew word translated “know” in our English Bibles carries a much deeper meaning in both the Hebrew and Greek. “Yada” means to know someone very intimately. A systematic theology of “knowing” a person reveals it almost always means to be sexually or relationally intimate, “possessing a personal intimacy and affection,” (Monergism) or have an intimate foreknowledge of the person, as in predestination. Consider these verses:
“Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.”
– Genesis 4:17
“And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him”
– Genesis 4:25
“For I have chosen [known] him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
– Genesis 18:19
“And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”
– Genesis 19:5
“Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man.”
– Genesis 19:8
“The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.”
– Genesis 24:16
“He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.”
– Genesis 29:5
“As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.” And she said, “Please identify whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff.” Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again.”
– Genesis 38:25-26
“Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.”
– Genesis 45:1
“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”
– Exodus 1:8
“But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”
– Exodus 5:2
“I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty,a but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them. … I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”
– Exodus 6:3, 7
“Moses said to the LORD, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”
– Exodus 33:12-13
“the oracle of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down with his eyes uncovered:”
– Numbers 24:16
“Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves … and 32,000 persons in all, women who had not known man by lying with him.”
– Numbers 31:17-18, 35
“a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you have heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the sons of Anak?’ … You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.”
– Deuteronomy 9:2, 24
“and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known.”
– Deuteronomy 11:28
“And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face”
– Deuteronomy 34:10
“And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.”
– Judges 2:10
“And at the end of two months, she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow that he had made. She had never known a man, and it became a custom in Israel that the daughters of Israel went year by year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.”
– Judges 11:39-40
“As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, worthless fellows, surrounded the house, beating on the door. And they said to the old man, the master of the house, “Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.” And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brothers, do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not do this vile thing. Behold, here are my virgin daughter and his concubine. Let me bring them out now. Violate them and do with them what seems good to you, but against this man do not do this outrageous thing.” But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and made her go out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until the morning. And as the dawn began to break, they let her go.”
– Judges 19:22-25
“This is what you shall do: every male and every woman that has lain with [known] a male you shall devote to destruction.” And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead 400 young virgins who had not known a man by lying with him, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.”
– Judges 21:11-12
“They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.”
– 1 Samuel 1:19-20
“Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the LORD.”
– 1 Samuel 2:12
“Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.”
– 1 Samuel 3:7
“And when all who knew him previously saw how he prophesied with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What has come over the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”
– 1 Samuel 10:11
“And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.”
– 2 Samuel 7:20-21
According to Bible Hub, the five meanings or explanations of “know” in the Old Testament are:
1. a. know, learn to know, good and evil
c. perceive and see.
d. discriminate, distinguish.
e. know by experience
f. recognise, admit, acknowledge, confess
h. not know
2. know a person, be acquainted with
3. know a person carnally, of sexual intercourse, followed by accusative: man subject Genesis 4:1,17,25; Genesis 24:16; Genesis 38:26 (all J), 1 Samuel 1:19; Judges 19:25; 1 Kings 1:4; woman subject Genesis 19:8 (J), Numbers 31:17,18,35 (all P), Judges 11:39; יֹדַעַת מִשְׁכַּב זָכָר Judges 21:11; לֹא יָדְעָה אִישׁ לְמִשְׁכַּב זָכָר Judges 21:12; man subject and object (of sodomy) Genesis 19:5 (J), Judges 19:22.
4. a. know how to do a thing, be able to do it
b. be skilful
5. absolute have knowledge, be wise
As we have just seen, “knowing” a person in the Bible often carries much richer meaning than mere intellectual awareness. When we’re told Adam “knew” his wife, the Bible isn’t simply being sexually reticent. It’s precisely because sex involves knowing someone on an extremely intimate level that the word “yada” was used, and it’s the same word used to describe God’s foreknowledge of those whom he would save (Romans 8:29). Just knowing that God’s foreknowledge, forelove and election of a sinner like me somehow parallels my future intimate knowledge of my future wife absolutely blows my mind.
By drinking my wife’s breast milk, I’d be knowing her on a much deeper level. Her nutrition, state of health and wellbeing would speak volumes and sing their song through her milk.
I even imagine being so in tune to her that should anything go wrong, I’d probably be able to tell before she could. She’d have an early warning system built into her marriage.
It’s worth repeating that sexual intimacy with your spouse and drinking/feeding breast milk mirrors the foreknowledge, forelove and choosing, and deep intimate knowledge God has with the believer, because the same word is used to describe these affections.
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Number 27: but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Number 28: not by works, so that no one can boast.
Number 29: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Number 30: gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Number 31: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Number 32: But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
Number 33: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
This is the one physical trait all ANR-friendly women have in common.
Gentlemen, look for that smooth, rich, tender, creamy, “juicy” skin, with a bit of fatty tissue, of which the owner is very proud and loves having touched.
You could tell she loves having it touched by the way she sometimes gives her own skin gentle caresses.
You sense the seamless blending of your skin and hers, because in your uniquely masculine way, you’re also sensitive, tactile and oh so soft.
Yes, ANR-minded women are physically soft. Very much so.
Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church
5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.[a]
6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens wwethe whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church[b] whom you are to judge? 13 God judges[c] those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
Lawsuits Against Believers
6 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers![d]
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[e] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[f] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Flee Sexual Immorality
12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined[g] to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[h] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
- 1 Corinthians 5:5 Some manuscripts add Jesus
- 1 Corinthians 5:12 Greek those inside
- 1 Corinthians 5:13 Or will judge
- 1 Corinthians 6:8 Or brothers and sisters
- 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or wrongdoers
- 1 Corinthians 6:9 The two Greek terms translated by this phrase refer to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts
- 1 Corinthians 6:16 Or who holds fast (compare Genesis 2:24 and Deuteronomy 10:20); also verse 17
- 1 Corinthians 6:18 Or Every sin
ESV Study Bible notes:
5:1-6:20 A Report of Sexual Immorality and Legal Wrangling. Paul has heard not only of disunity in the Corinthian church but also of a bizarre case of sexual misconduct (5:1-13), of believers taking other believers before pagan courts (6:1-11), and of sexual immorality with prostitutes (6:12-20). In answer to these problems, Paul instructs the Corinthians on the meaning of Christian holiness and the significance of the final day.
5:1-13 Incest, Arrogance and the Need for Discipline. Paul first tells the Corinthians that God has set certain boundaries to mark out his people as his own. The Corinthians need to maintain these boundaries by disciplining a man in their church involved in incest.
5:1 has his father’s wife. Not his biological mother but his stepmother; otherwise Paul would have explicitly said so. Leviticus 18:18 specifically forbids sexual relations between a man and his “father’s wife.” God’s people are to be distinguished from surrounding nations by following God’s law rather than the customs of those nations (Lev. 18:1-5). Ironically, the Corinthian Christians were more tolerant of flagrant sin than were the pagans among whom they lived.
5:2 arrogant. See v. 6. The arrogance may arise from the Corinthians’ mistaken “knowledge” that they are somehow free of normal moral constraints (6:12; 8:1; 10:23). If so, they may have thought of this freedom as an implication of grace (Rom. 3:8; 6:1, 15; Jude 4). It is also possible that Paul simply thinks of their characteristic arrogance ( 1 Cor. 3:21; 4:6, 8, 18-19) as doubly inappropriate in light of the shocking sin in their midst.
5:3-4 my spirit is present. A difficult phrase that probably means that the disciplinary power of the Holy Spirit, which Paul knew to be present in his own ministry (see note on 4:19), would also be manifested in their meeting, because of the Corinthian church’s connection with Paul.
5:5 Deliver this man to Satan probably refers to removing him from the church, since those outside of the church are in Satan’s realm (Luke 4:5-6; Eph. 2:2; 1 John 5:19). destruction of the flesh. Although it is certainly not always the case (cf. John 9:1-3), personal sin sometimes has grave physical consequences (Acts 5:1-11; 1 Cor. 11:29-30). spirit may be saved. The purpose of the discipline was not to punish the man for punishment’s sake but to effect his restoration to the church and eventual salvation (see 1 Tim. 1:20).
5:6-7 leaven. Not yeast (which was uncommon in the ancient world) but fermented dough, a little of which would be left from the previous week to be added to a new lump of dough. By analogy, when publicly known sin in the church is not subjected to church discipline, it will silently spread its destructive consequences throughout the whole fellowship.
5:9 my letter. An otherwise unknown letter to the Corinthians, written prior to 1 Corinthians.
5:11 not to associate. See 2 Thess. 3:6, 14. One purpose here, as in 2 Thessalonians, is redemptive with respect to the person committing the sin (1 Cor. 5:5: 2 Thess. 3:14-15). But another purpose is to avoid giving the appearance of approving sinful conduct, lest reproach be brought on the church and the gospel.
5:13 “Purge . . . from among you.” As the newly constituted people of God (10:32), the Corinthians are to follow God’s instructions to Israel for preserving its holiness when flagrant, unrepented-of sin is in its midst (Deut. 13:5; 17:7, 12; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21-22, 24; 24:7). In this case, they are to do so by excommunicating the man committing incest.
6:1-11 Trivial Cases before Unrighteous Judges. Some of the Corinthians have wronged each other in various ways, including fraud. Instead of addressing these problems within the church, however, they have taken each other before the local magistrates. The wrongs themselves, and this way of handling them, are both shameful for Christians.
6:1 a grievance against another. Although some have argued that Paul is prohibiting Christians from ever going to court against another Christian, Paul seems in these verses only to be addressing disputes related to property or money (cf. “Why not rather be defrauded?” v. 7), rather than criminal cases, which fall under the jurisdiction of the state. (see Rom. 13:1-5 where Paul shows that God has established civil government for the protection and good of all people.) It is doubtful, therefore, that Paul’s intention is that this specific example should be applied in every situation, since not every situation today matches the circumstances of this specific case in Corinth, where the two parties are in the same local church (“among you,” 1 Cor. 6:5), and where the dispute is specifically related to property or money (“Why not be defrauded?” v. 7). Whatever the circumstances, it is clear from Scripture that disputes between believers need to be handled with the utmost care (vv. 1-8): in a wise and godly manner before the watching world; wherever possible under the disciplinary authority of the church; and with the counsel of spiritually mature Christians who have no stake in the matter and who can give objective, biblical advice. (See further Matt. 18:15-20 regarding the steps that Christians need to take when one believer sins against another believer, and the authoritative role of the church in such cases.) the unrighteous. Paul probably is referring to magistrates who are both unbelievers (1 Cor. 6:4, 6) and who are at times unjust in their judgments.
6:2-3 saints will judge the world . . . angels. See Dan. 7:22; Matt. 19:28; Luke 22:30; Rev. 3:21. The people of God will participate with Christ in the final day of judgment.
6:5 shame. Plagued by arrogance (3:21; 4:6, 8, 18-19), the Corinthians should have been ashamed of their behavior (15:34; see also 14:35; Ps. 35:26; Phil. 3:19), for they were not even wise enough to settle a dispute between those in their own congregation. Although they thought themselves to be wise (1 Cor. 3:18; 4:10; 2 Cor. 11:19), their actions belied this self-estimation, resulting in their shame (cf. 1 Cor. 1:27).
6:7-8 suffer wrong . . . wrong. These terms translate the Greek verb adikeō. Paul used the adjectival form of this verb, adikos, in v. 1 to describe the “unrighteous” magistrates that the Corinthians are using to adjudicate their cases. This implies that the Corinthians are acting like unbelievers rather than like the “saints” (the “sanctified” or “holy” people) that God has called them to be (1:2, 30; 3:17). See also notes on 3:1-3 and 5:1. defraud. This word (Gk. apostereō) would be particularly appropriate for unethical business practices among wealthy people. See James 5:4, where it is used this way. Although not many of the Corinthians were “powerful” or of “noble birth” (1 Cor. 1:26), some were wealthy enough to “humiliate those who have nothing” at the Lord’s Supper (11:22).
6:9-10 Paul’s use of the word unrighteous (Gk. adikos again; see note on vv. 7-8) implies that those whose behavior is indistinguishable from the unbelieving world may not be among the “saints” (v. 1) at all. See also 2 Cor. 13:5. men who practice homosexuality. The Greek words malakos and arsenokoitēs refer specifically to male homosexuals (see ESV footnote), but in Rom. 1:26-27 Paul also refers to female homosexuals, and to homosexual desires or “passions.” Both passages (as well as Lev. 18:22; 20:13; and 1 Tim. 1:10) refer to homosexuality in general.
6:11 washed. This refers to the spiritual cleansing from the guilt and dominating power of sin that occurs at regeneration (see Titus 3:5) and that is symbolized in the “washing” of baptism (Acts 22:16). sanctified. This is a similar concept, in this instance meaning that an initial break with the love of sin, and with the power and practice of sin, occurs at regeneration (see Acts 20:32; Rom. 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17). However, in another sense “sanctification” is also an ongoing process in the Christian life (Rom. 6:19; Phil. 3:13-14; Heb. 12:1, 14; see also note of 1 Cor. 1:2). justified. The Greek term is dikaioō and is the positive counterpart to the terms “unrighteous,” “suffer wrong,” and “wrong” in 6:1, 7-8, and 9 (see notes on those verses). Here Paul uses dikaioō not in its ethical sense (“be seen to be righteous”) but in its judicial sense “declare righteous”). God has already declared the Corinthian Christians to be “righteous” (see Rom. 5:1; 8:1, 33). God was able to do this because the “righteousness” that belongs to Christ, due to his perfect life, has become “our . . . righteousness” (1 Cor. 1:30; see also 2 Cor. 5:21). Paul’s point in 1 Cor. 6:1-11 is that the Corinthians need to live in a way that is consistent with this verdict and status.
6:12-20 Sexual Immorality and the Body’s Resurrection. Some of the Corinthian Christians were using prostitutes, theorizing that bodily appetites were matters of indifference for Christians just as they apparently were for everyone else. Paul reminds them that the bodies of Christians are one with the resurrected Christ and, in risen form, the Christian’s body will be eternal. What they do with them now, therefore, is important.
6:12-13 “All things are lawful.“ The quotation marks around this phrase, both here and in 10:23, have been supplied to indicate that it is probably a commonly used slogan among the Corinthians. “Food . . . for the stomach.“ Probably another Corinthian slogan. The Corinthians have adopted from the culture around them the idea that the body is permitted to have everything that it craves. Paul knows that human desires are tainted with sin, which uses these desires to master the person for its own evil purposes (Rom. 6:6, 12, 16-22; 7:7-25).
6:14 Jesus’ resurrection was only the first step in the general resurrection of God’s people that will occur on the last day (15:20). Jesus’s body and the believer’s body, therefore, are eternal (15:42-49), for God will also raise us up; the eternal nature of the believer’s body should affect his or her present behavior. See 15:30-34.
6:15 bodies . . . members of Christ. Already in 1:13 Paul has hinted that the church is Christ’s body and that divisions in the church are incompatible with this truth. See also 12:12, 27; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:13-16; 5:23; Col. 1:18.
6:16-18 Unity with Christ is incompatible with all sin (Rom. 6:6) but particularly with sexual sin. Because sexual union has a spiritual component, sexual activity outside marriage is a unique sin both against Christ (1 Cor. 6:15) and one’s own body (v. 18; see Prov. 6:26, 32). Within marriage, sexual union is not only allowed but has positive spiritual significance (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:22-33). Flee. Paul also tells the Corinthians to “flee from idolatry” in 1 Cor. 10:14. Idolatry and sexual immorality were closely connected in Israel’s history (Ex. 32:6; Num. 25:1-2) as well as in Paul’s thinking about the problems in Corinth (1 Cor. 10:7-8).
6:19 temple of the Holy Spirit within you. The Spirit of the Lord lives within individual Christians (v. 17), making each Christian’s body a temple just as the church, corporately conceived, is also a temple where God’s Spirit dwells (3:16). You are not your own. As with other gifts from God (4:2, 7), Christians are to exercise responsible stewardship over their bodies.
6:20 bought with a price. The image is borrowed from the slave market (7:23; see also Rom. 6:17-18), Christ’s blood being the purchase price (Eph. 1:7; see also 1 Pet. 1:19; Rev. 5:9).
Number 34: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
To see it flow from my body to his would be truly beautiful.
– ANR seeker
Medical experts can scan and image the entire human body, and with radioactive tracers, they can trace every part of our bodies.
I can only imagine the beauty of following one of these tracers from bloodstream to bloodstream.
Just picture a tracer showing an individual nutrient as it begins its existence in a wife’s breast, expelled into her husband’s mouth, winding through his digestive system, and finally being absorbed by his small intestine into his bloodstream, and thereafter becoming part and parcel of his tissues, organs and internal systems.
This would be a very vivid illustration of “the two becoming one flesh.”
[She’s literally becoming part of me. My hair, skin, nails, and eyes are all being formed from her.]
— ANR-practicing husband
“I always wished that my husband would want to try it, just for the sake of sharing something so important, beautiful and personal…”
— ANR-desiring wife
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
– Matthew 19
Number 35: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 4:34: “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Matthew 4: After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”
Before Jesus fed multitudes, he made sure he first fed them spiritual truths. Likewise, in their letters, the apostles usually delivered an exposition of the gospel before delving into practical matters.
Let’s keep our eyes on the prize and avoid getting distracted by physical desires, no matter how biblical or beneficial.
Number 36: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Number 37: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Number 38: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
In my early twenties, prior to being saved, I asked a Ghanaian friend if when nursing, she would share with her husband if he ever requested it. “Of course,” she responded.
Fellow Africans, although Adult Breastfeeding is a topic just as taboo on our continent as elsewhere, if not more so, there are people who are very interested. In fact, an increasing proportion of traffic to my blog originates from African countries, especially large English speaking ones. I’m currently visiting home and I could just sense it.
Here is one of my favourite verses in several of our most widely spoken languages:
1. Kiswahili: Ni mzuri kama ayala, apendeza kama paa. Mahaba yake yakufurahishe kila wakati, umezwe daima na pendo lake.
2. Arabic: وَسَتَكُونُ لَكَ الظَّبيَةَ المَحبُوبَةَ وَالوَعلَةَ الجَمِيلَةَ. سَيَروِيكَ ثَدْياها فِي كُلِّ حِينٍ، وَبِحُبِّها سَتُفتَنُ دائِماً.
3. Hausa: kyakkyawa mai kyan gani kamar barewa. Bari kyanta ya ɗau hankalinka. Bari ƙaunarta ta kewaye ka.
4. Yoruba: Abo àgbọ̀nrín tó dára, ìgalà tí ó wu ni jọjọ, Jẹ́ kí ọmú rẹ̀ kí ó máa fi ayọ̀ fún ọ nígbà gbogbo, kí o sì máa yọ̀ nínú ìfẹ́ rẹ̀ nígbàkúgbà.
5. Igbo: Dika nne-ele nke nāhu n’anya na nne-ewu-ọhia mara nma, Ka ara-ya abua nēju gi afọ na mb͕e nile; Nání n’ihu-n’anya-ya ka i ganāwaghari mb͕e nile.
6. Amharic: እርሷ እንደ ተወደደች ዋላ፣ እንደ ተዋበች ሚዳቋ ናት፤ ጡቶቿ ዘወትር ያርኩህ፤ ፍቅሯም ሁል ጊዜ ይማርክህ።
7. Somali: Iyadu ha kuu ahaato sida deerada jacaylka badan iyo sida cawsha quruxsan, Goor walbana naasaheedu ha ku deeqeen Oo had iyo goorna jacaylkeeda ku faraxsanow.
8. Fulfulde: Debbo ma wooɗi bana lelwa, enɗi maako nguykine koo ndey, yiide maako seyne foroy.
9. Afrikaans: so vol liefde, so mooi soos ‘n takbok, soos ‘n ribbok. Geniet voluit van haar liefkosings, laat dit jou deurentyd bedwelm.
10. isiZulu: Uyindluzelekazi ethandayo negogokazi elihle; amabele akhe mawakudelise ngesikhathi sonke,
weqiwe njalo luthando lwakhe.
11. Maasai: Inchoo enyorrata enye kimput iyie, inkatitin pooki te nchipai, inchoo enyorrata enye kidumu anaake.
12. Twi: Na ɔte sɛ ɔtwe bereɛ dɔfo ne animuonyam wansane no. Ma ne mpokua nsɔ w’ani daa, na tɔ ne dɔ mu ntintan daa nyinaa.
Number 39: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Number 40: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Number 41: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!