THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
IV. Dealing with Lawsuits
A. The Judgment of the Church
1 Does any one of you who has a 1case against another dare to be judged before the 2unrighteous and not before the saints?
2 Or do you not know that the saints will 1ajudge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy of the 2smallest 3judgments?
3 Do you not know that we will 1judge angels, not to mention things of this life?
4 If then you hold ajudgments over things of this life, do you seat as judges 1those who are of no account in the church?
5 I say this to your ashame. So there is no one wise among you, who will be able to discern between his bbrothers?
6 But brother 1goes to court with brother, and this before aunbelievers.
7 Already then it is altogether a 1defeat to you that you have 2lawsuits with one another. Why not 3arather be wronged? Why not 3rather be defrauded?
8 But you wrong and adefraud, and this your brothers.
B. Those Not Qualified
to Inherit the Kingdom of God
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not 1ainherit the kingdom of God? Do not be bled astray; neither cfornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate nor dhomosexuals
10 Nor thieves nor the covetous, not drunkards, not revilers, not the rapacious will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And these things were some of you; but you were 1awashed, but you were 1bsanctified, but you were 1cjustified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
V. Dealing with the Abuse of Freedom
A. A Basic Principle
12 1aAll things are 2lawful to me, but not all things are 3profitable; all things are 2lawful to me, but I will not be 4brought under the power of anything.
B. The Use of the Body
13 1Foods are for the astomach, and the stomach for foods; but God will bring to bnought both it and them. But the 2body is not for fornication but cfor the Lord, and the Lord dfor the body.
14 And God has both araised up the Lord and will 1braise us up through His cpower.
15 Do you not know that your bodies are 1amembers of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? 2bAbsolutely not!
16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body? For He says, a"The two shall be one flesh.''
17 But he who is 1ajoined to the Lord is 2bone spirit.
18 aFlee bfornication. Every 1sin which a man may do is outside the body, but he who commits fornication sins against his own body.
19 Or do you not know that your abody is a btemple of the 1Holy Spirit cwithin you, whom you have dfrom God, and you are enot your own?
20 For you have been abought with a 1bprice. So then 2cglorify God in your dbody.