1 Corinthians Chapter Six, Settling Our Differences... 

In our study of 1 Corinthians chapter six, we look at how we, as Christians, should settle disputes that we have with other believers.

1 Corinthians 6:1

"If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?" NIV translation

The word "another" here is talking about one of the same kind (another believer in Jesus Christ). Paul asks the question to get them and us to see how ridiculous it would be to answer "yes".

1 Corinthians 6:2 & 3

"Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!" NIV translation

Most times, people look at a certificate, diploma, or other type of document to make sure someone is qualified for a task. This is a man-made thing and not from God. When we come to Christ we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit which allows us to know and understand the things of God. If we can know the things of God, then, why would we trust the judgment of people who do not know Jesus Christ? 

Paul reminds us that we will be judging the acts of the fallen angels and Satan (see Revelation 19).

1 Corinthians 6:4 & 5

"Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account 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?" NIV translation

When Paul speaks of "in the church", he is not talking about being a member of a group that meets at a building but is talking about people that are a part of the body of Christ. He tells us that it is better to let any Christian make a judgment on the dispute rather than taking it to someone who does not know Jesus but has a diploma on a wall. Wisdom comes from God and so He qualifies us to make decisions based on His will.

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