March 03, 2021 – Wednesday
1 Corinthians 6:3-6 NIV
3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?
6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!
Before going to far into these verses, look at the first part of verse three, Do you not know that we will judge angels? My former pastor, David Elkins, before he passed on almost five and a half years ago, wrote a short book based upon that part of verse three. Its title is Fallen Stars and is available on Amazon.com where the description says, Finding himself in the millennial reign of Christ, Dave Campbell and eleven others have been entrusted with the task of unraveling the history of angels. As foretold in 1 Corinthians 6:3, “Do you not know you will judge angels?”, they must discover what is truth and what are the elaborate lies which caused a third of the angels to rebel against their Father’s throne. Can these angels find redemption through God’s powerful love?
Now let us take a look at a complete verse 3, Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Why is Paul asking this question and following with a statement that we will judge the things of this life! Well, it turns out he is making an argument we should not go to court to resolve our differences or disputes (v1). Then in verse 2 he asks the rhetorical questions, Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? He follows this with verse 3 and our judging of angels. Paul even states why he is telling us this when he writes (v4-5), Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? He seeks to shame us if we cannot between ourselves – as believers – resolve differences and disputes. After all, surely there is a believer wise enough we can find to judge a dispute between believers.
This is clearly a big deal because he seems to find it sinful or improper for us as believers to go to a secular judge to have our disputes settled between us, for he writes, But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers! Surely, they could have found a person both could trust in a church as large as the one in Corinth. If not, what does this say about their in their fellow believers, not thinking any of them are wise enough to settle their dispute. In fact, Paul thinks this is so wrong he writes it is better to (v7) accept being wronged or cheated. What about those who do fellow believers wrong? Paul has strong words for them (v9-10), Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? And he groups them with all kinds of sinners as well, Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Bottom line: Do not do your fellow believers wrong and end up being classified as a wrongdoer. As far as judgment or vengeance, Paul makes clear such are grouped with other sinners who will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Father God – Help me to take Paul’s words to heart and not take fellow believers to secular courts and instead take any disputes to the wise among our community of believers for resolution. And if no resolution can be reached, give me the ability to place it in Your hands. – In Jesus name. Amen.