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Puffed Up Dough

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Intro

After intro read passage in its entirety...
1 Corinthians 5:1–13 NKJV
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. 12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
1 cor 5:1-13

The Problems

1 Corinthians 5:1–2 NKJV
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
sexual immorality n. — sexual acts that are morally objectionable; especially related to prostitution.
Paul hears that there is engagement in sex. But not all sex is bad. It is a gift from God. But this was outside the confines of marriage and also caused the actions of adultery to take place!
It would seem as though Paul is shocked that they are engaging in actions that not even the world would not do...
Paul then goes on to let them know that they have too much confidence in themselves, as though nothing was wrong. He tells them that they should be feeling...
to grieve (feeling) v. — to feel grief or sorrow.
Paul states that they should have felt this way so that the sinner would have been removed from them. You cannot know what is going on in this man’s life without a relationship with the brother. That’s just extra...

Remember 4:16?

1 Corinthians 5:3 NKJV
3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
Paul may not be there but he has already made his deciscion. And the fact that he makes a decision is groundbreaking. The body NEEDS to manage itself PROPERLY according to GOD’S word.
1 Corinthians 5:4 NKJV
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Jesus is OUR LORD
I think he states this to remind them that we have ONE to answer to.
1 Corinthians 5:5 NKJV
5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
to deliver v. — to surrender someone or something to another; especially to an authority.
GIVE THEM TO WHOM THEY BELONG TO! WHY?
destruction (act) n. — the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists.
FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FLESH.
Romans 7:18 NKJV
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM THE FLESH. EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD COMES FROM GOD, GOD IS A SPIRIT, AND HIS SPIRIT HELPS US ALONG IN THE PROCESS.

All About The Dough

1 Corinthians 5:6 NKJV
6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
1 cor 5
He chastises them about the amount of confidence that they have in themselves that they are doing well. They should have a pulse on whether or not the body is doing well...

1 a: a substance (as yeast) used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid especially: SOURDOUGH

b: a material (as baking powder) used to produce a gas that lightens dough or batter

2: something that modifies or lightens

1 a: a substance (as yeast) used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid especially: SOURDOUGH

b: a material (as baking powder) used to produce a gas that lightens dough or batter

2: something that modifies or lightens

2leaven verb transitive

leav•ened; leav•en•ing \ˈlev-niŋ, ˈle-və-\ 15th century

1: to raise (as bread) with a leaven

2: to mingle or permeate with some modifying, alleviating, or vivifying element especially: LIGHTEN 〈a sermon leavened with humor〉 synonym see INFUSE

1 a: a substance (as yeast) used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid especially: SOURDOUGH

b: a material (as baking powder) used to produce a gas that lightens dough or batter

2: something that modifies or lightens

2leaven verb transitive

leav•ened; leav•en•ing \ˈlev-niŋ, ˈle-və-\ 15th century

1: to raise (as bread) with a leaven

2: to mingle or permeate with some modifying, alleviating, or vivifying element especially: LIGHTEN 〈a sermon leavened with humor〉 synonym see INFUSE

2leaven verb transitive

leav•ened; leav•en•ing \ˈlev-niŋ, ˈle-və-\ 15th century

1: to raise (as bread) with a leaven

2: to mingle or permeate with some modifying, alleviating, or vivifying element especially: LIGHTEN

Paul calls them back to an OT passage. He starts speaking about the process of making bread. There is a purpose here. is where we want to find ourselves.
Exodus 12:15–20 NKJV
15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. 17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’ ”
This yeast in the festival represented sin. The people of God were to remain unchanged. Indifferent to the outside influences of sin in order to remain in the camp, in the collection of Israelites. And God here through Paul is making it clear that they must continue to do the same. He is telling them that allowing just a little bit of sin changes the whole lump. It mutates what should have been.
1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
to clean out (ritually) v. — to remove something ritually impure from one’s environment or presence.
Paul calls for them to purge out the old leaven/yeast. He does not tell them to carefully pick it out of the dough. Or to adjust to the changes that it will bring. He tells them that the Christ, our passover lamb has been sacrificed! The blood is on the door post! Will God recognize this house as belonging to him?
1 Corinthians 5:8 NKJV
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(κακίας) hostility (disposition) n. — a hostile, unfriendly, or hateful disposition.
(πονηρίας) depravity (perversion) n. — the perverting of virtue and moral principles from their purposes to evil ends.
HOW WE TAKE SEX AND TURN IT INTO FORNICATION, FOOD TO GLUTTONY, GOOD NEWS TO GOSSIP, & A FIT BODY INTO A THIRST TRAP.

Family & Heathen

2heathen noun

plural heathens or heathen before 12th century

1: an unconverted member of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of the Bible

1 Corinthians 5:9 NKJV
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
sexually immoral person n. — a person who is known for their sexual profligacy.
A PERSON WHO ENGAGES WILDLY IN FORNICATION.
MINGLE/ KEEP COMPANY WITH/ HAVE A RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIP WITH
NOW PAUL IS ABOUT TO MAKE IT CLEAR...
1 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV
10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
1 COR
idolater n. — a person who worships a deity in or through material representations.
THIS CAN BE THINGS, JOBS, PEOPLE, AND EVEN MONEY!
sinners/heathens of this world, we cannot separate from! It is impossible!
1 Corinthians 5:11 NKJV
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
slanderer n. — one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel.
drunkard n. — a person who habitually drinks alcohol to excess; especially to the state of intoxication.
greedy person n. — a person who is excessively and immoderately desirous of acquiring more and more (wealth).
ONE WHO DESIRES, NOT ALWAYS NECESSARILY HAS MORE! THAT IS A MENTAL STATE! THIS PERSON HAS THE NECESSITIES BUT WANTS MORE!
But we are to not mingle with folks who say they are Christians but are in reality heathens.
1 Corinthians 5:12 NKJV
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
Paul says it is not his job to judge folks on the outside of the body. He then asks them why are they not judging those within.
1 Corinthians 5:13 NKJV
13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
God will take care of those in the world living in sin. But we CANNOT tolerate willful and unrepentant sin in the body!

Conclusion

God wants us to see here that the toleration of sin warps the body. It causes both the individual sinner and the body to be lost. We must take our responsibility as the body seriously and maintain a healthy body that does not ignore willful sin. This will take courage, knowledge, wisdom, and tact. But it is a job that we have been given to do so we KNOW that with God it is not impossible.
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