Friday, March 12, 2010

Purging Leaven: Christ As Our Passover Lamb: 1 Corinthians 5

Theme: Christ is God's wisdom...

1. For correcting moral problems (1-6)
      B. Immorality (5:1-13; 6:9-20)
Chapter five instructs Christians not to associate with immoral "so-called" believers. 

Apparently someone in the congregation was having an affair with his unsaved mother-in-law (1). Paul called the Corinthian's "arrogant" for putting up with this (2), and determined to deliver the man to Satan for chastisement (3-5). Although believers are not supposed to judge other Christian's motives (4:1-5), they should judge the fruit of "believers" who blatantly sin (12-13).

Leaven, in the Bible, pictures the permeating, corrupting influence of sin (Ex. 12:15; Lev. 2:11; Matt. 16:6; Gal. 5:9). Since believers are purified by Christ's atonement (typified in the sacrifice of the passover lamb: Exodus 12:1-20), they are like the unleavened bread of the OT passover and NT communion feast. Paul uses believer's "unleavened" (cleansed) position in Christ, to illustrate the importance of purging any "leaven" (permeating influence of sin) from among them (6-8). This does not mean they must avoid associating with immoral people of the world--for this would be impossible (9-10). Rather, he insisted they remove any immoral "so-called brother" from among them (11-13).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.