The Leven of Sin 1 Corinthians 5_1-8
Delivered By
R. Scott Talley
Delivered On
November 30, at 9:30 AM
Central Passage
1 Corinthians 5_1-8
Description

The Leven of Sin 1 Corinthians 5:1-8

  1. Paul is dealing with the recurring problem. SIN  
    1. Society and the church did not know the meaning of chastity.
      1. They took their pleasure when and where they wanted it.
  2. It is hard for the Christian Church to escape cultural influences.
    1. It is difficult to unlearn the practices of loose living from their past lives.
  3. In the Church at Corinth, an especially shocking case had arisen.
    1. A man had formed an illicit association with his own stepmother. Vs. 1
    2. Explicitly forbidden by the Jewish law (Leviticus 18:8).
    3. The passage suggests that this woman was not a Christian, for Paul does not seek to deal with her at all so she must have been outside the Church.
  4. Paul was shocked at the sin but Paul was even more shocked by the attitude of the Corinthian Church to the sinner. Vs. 2
    1. The church accepted the situation & did nothing about it when they should have been grief-stricken.
    2. The word grief is the same word used for mourning for one who has died.
  5. An easy-going/accepting attitude to sin is dangerous.
    1. It has been said that our one security against sin lies in our being shocked at it.
      1. When we cease to take a serious view of sin, we are in a perilous position.
        1. Serious does not mean being critical and condemning.
    2. It was SIN that crucified Jesus Christ. Christ died to free us from all sin.
      1. No real Christian is allowed to take an easy-going view of it. Vs. 5
  6. Paul goes on to some very practical advice in verses 6-8.
    1. Leaven stands in Jewish literature for an evil influence of sin.
  7. Now the Passover bread was unleavened (Exodus 12:15ff; 13:7).
    1. More important than that, on the day before the Passover the law laid down that a candle be lite to search the house for leaven, and that every last bit must be cast out (cp. the picture of God’s search in Zephaniah 1:12).
  8.  Paul uses that picture to say that Christ has been sacrificed and it is his sacrifice which has delivered us from sin, just like God rescued the Israelites from Egypt.
  9. Therefore, he goes on, the last remaining influences of evil must be removed from our lives.
    1. If we let an evil influence into the Church, it can corrupt the whole society, as the leaven permeates the whole lump of dough.
  10. The great practical truth.
    1. To shut our eyes to the effects of sin is not a kind thing to do; it will damage everything.