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1 Corinthians 5 Commentary

1 Corinthians 5 Commentary

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This is a verse by verse commentary on I Cor. 5 with a focus on the sinful Christian who is handed over to Satan to destroy his flesh that his spirit might be saved.
This is a verse by verse commentary on I Cor. 5 with a focus on the sinful Christian who is handed over to Satan to destroy his flesh that his spirit might be saved.

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1 Corinthians 5 Commentary
Written and edited by Glenn Pease
PREFACE

This is the same document as the one titled GOIG TO HELL TO GET TO
HEAVE, but I am adding it under this title because it is also a verse by verse
commentary on this chapter of I Corinthians, and it will be of interest to those who
want to study that chapter, and will search for it under that title.

I decided to write a commentary on this passage because of the challenge of trying
to understand what Paul is saying when he asks the Corinthians to hand one of their
sinful members over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that he might in the
day of the Lord be saved. The man has to be given to his greatest enemy who will do
him great harm, but in the end this will be a means by which he will escape
damnation and enjoy salvation. It sounded too crazy for me to pass it up. It is one of
those difficult passages of Paul that Peter wrote about in 2Pe 3:16 “As also in all his
epistles, speaking in them of these things; ( I WHICH ARE SOME THIGS
HARD TO BE UDERSTOOD...)”

There are many different interpretations of this passage, and all of them seem to
have some validity, but all of them can be questioned. The one I am proposing is
also in that category, but after reading many others, it seems to me to be closest to
what Paul is saying. I quote many authors, and if any of them do not wish their
views to be expressed in this context they can let me know and I will delete their
quotes. My e-mail is glenn_p86@yahoo.com

My title, of course, is to get attention, and to attract readers to this unusual passage
of Scripture, but the fact is, all of the redeemed do get to heaven by means of the
road to hell. Jesus took our sins upon himself, and he suffered the full wrath of God
on them, and he went to hell on our behalf. He was forsaken by the Father, and that
is equivalent to going to hell. The cross was literally a going to hell to get to heaven,
but it was a price Jesus was willing to pay for us to have eternal life. Had Jesus not
been willing to pay that price there would be no hope for us. So we can thank God
for the hell that opened the way for sinners to make it into heaven. He was forsaken
by the Father that we might never be forsaken. In this passage we will see that there
is a route to heaven that takes a radical sinning believer through the pains of hell to
get there. It is a going to hell and suffering judgment as a way to get to heaven, but

it is good news even though it is so terrible, for it demonstrates that God can and
will use even the devil and judgment to make sure that even the worst of his
children will make it into his eternal presence. This is a horror story with a happy
ending because hell on earth can be an ultimate blessing by the grace of God.

Expel the Immoral Brother!

1It is actually reported that there is sexual
immorality among you, and of a kind that does
not occur even among pagans: A man has his
father's wife.

1. Here we have a young man who falls in lust with his father's new, and probably
young wife. She is not his mother, but his step mother. They are both younger than
dad, and they develop an attraction to each other that eventually leads to sex. It is a
disgrace and a scandal, for this type of behavior is not even acceptable among the
pagans who accept a great deal of immorality. They did not accept this kind of
behavior, however, and so the church is looked down upon by them for allowing
immorality that they would not dream of permitting. Paul is shocked at this
scandalous situation, and cannot refrain from judgment.

1B. Dr. S. Lewis Johnson Jr. quotes the Old Testament that makes it clear that this
was forbidden. “ow, the Scriptures make it very plain that what takes place here is
wrong. We don’t really have to read the Bible to figure this out. But I’m going to
look at a passage or two in the Old Testament because it is important for us to
realize that many of the things that we believe, we believe because ultimately we’re
acquainted with what the Scripture has said with reference to them. Back in
Leviticus chapter 18 in verse 8 we read, “The nakedness of your father's wife, you
shall not uncover: it is your father's nakedness.” In Deuteronomy chapter 22 in
verse 30 we read these words similar to the words we just read in verse 30, “A man
shall not take his father's wife, nor uncover his father's bed.” And then in chapter
27 in verse 20, we have another statement with reference to it, “Cursed is the one
who lies with his father's wife; because he has uncovered his father's bed.”

2. There is no way to determine the details of this scandal. Some think the son
married this new wife after the father left her, and possibly because of her immoral
behavior. Others think he was just having an affair while she was still married to his
father. There is no way to know for sure, but what is known is that the pagan world
would not tolerate this in their culture, and here was a Christian church where it
was being tolerated. What we see is that it is possible for a Christian to be worse as a

sinner in any specific situation than a lost pagan. A believer can fall into depths of sin greater than that of the world. This is a warning that we need to heed, and do not walk in pride thinking believers can never be as terrible as the godless worldly person. Believers have the potential of being scandalous in their choices. We know this young man was a believer, for we see that in the end he was a saved man.

3. Gill wrote, “if this man was a Jew, it was an aggravation of his sin, that he should
be guilty of a crime decried by the Gentiles, as well as it was a violation of a known
law of God given to the Jews, Lev_18:7and, according to the Jewish writers (a), such
a man was doubly guilty: their canon is, "ba tva le abh he that lies with his father's
wife is guilty, on account of her being his father's wife, and on account of her being
another man's wife, whether in his father's life time, or after his death, and whether
espoused or married;'' and such an one was to be stoned. Of this kind was this
man's crime; he had his father's wife, not his own mother, but his stepmother; for
there is a distinction between a mother and a father's wife, as in the above canon.

"These are to be stoned, he that lies with his mother, or with his father's wife.''
Whether this man had married his father's wife, or kept her as his concubine,
continuing in an incestuous cohabitation with her, is not certain, and whether his
father was dead or living; which latter seems to be the case from 2Co_7:12his
iniquity was abominable and intolerable, and by no means to be winked at in church
of Christ.”

4. Henry, “The heinous sins of professed Christians are quickly noted and noised
abroad. We should walk circumspectly, for many eyes are upon us, and many
mouths will be opened against us if we fall into any scandalous practice. This was
not a common instance of fornication, but such as was not so much as named among

the Gentiles, that a man should have his father's wife- either marry her while his
father was alive, or keep her as his concubine, either when he was dead or while he
was alive. In either of these cases, his criminal conversation with her might be called
fornication;but had his father been dead, and he, after his decease, married to her, it

had been incest still, but neither fornication nor adultery in the strictest sense. But to marry her, or keep her as a concubine, while his father was alive, though he had repudiated her, or she had deserted him, whether she were his own mother or not, was incestuous fornication:

ot that there were no such instances of incestuous marriages among the heathens;
but, whenever they happened, they gave a shock to every man of virtue and probity
among them. They could not think of them without horror, nor mention them
without dislike and detestation. Yet such a horrible wickedness was committed by
one in the church of Corinth, and, as is probable, a leader of one of the factions
among them, a principal man. ote, The best churches are, in this state of
imperfection, liable to very great corruptions. Is it any wonder when so horrible a
practice was tolerated in an apostolical church, a church planted by the great
apostle of the Gentiles?”

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