Confronting Immorality (verses 1-5): The chapter opens with Paul addressing a shocking case of sexual immorality among the Corinthians—a man involved in an incestuous relationship. Paul criticizes the church's complacency and calls for the expulsion of the immoral man, handing him over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh but the salvation of his spirit.
The Leaven Analogy (verses 6-8): Paul employs the metaphor of leaven to illustrate how a little sin can permeate the entire church community. He urges the Corinthians to celebrate the feast without the old leaven of malice and wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Judging Inside the Church (verses 9-13): Paul clarifies his earlier instructions about associating with sexually immoral people. His concern is not for the people outside the church but for those within it. The church should judge those inside while leaving the judgment of outsiders to God.
The emphasis here is on the responsibility of the church to confront and deal with sin among its members. Rather than boasting or turning a blind eye to flagrant sin, the church is called to act in a manner that aims for restoration and the health of the community.

1 Corinthians 5

1  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

3  For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

12  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

End of 1 Corinthians 5

1 Year Plan:  Jul 13 - Ezr 9, Ezr 10,  Neh 1,  1 Co 5 [next day]

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