1When one of you has something against another person, why do you go to ˻the judges in the law courts˼? Those people are not right with God. So why do you let those people decide who is right? You should be ashamed! Why don’t you let God’s people decide who is right? 2Surely you know that God’s people will judge the world. So if you will judge the world, then surely you are able to judge small things ˻like this˼. 3You know that in the future we will judge angels. So surely we can judge things in this life. 4So if you have those disagreements that must be judged, why do you take those things to people who are not part of the church? Those people mean nothing to the church. 5I say this to shame you. Surely there is some person in your group wise enough to judge a complaint between two brothers ˻(believers)˼! 6But now one brother goes to court against another brother. You let men that are not believers judge their case! 7The lawsuits that you have against each other show that you are already defeated. It would be better for you to let someone do wrong against you! It would be better for you to let someone cheat you! 8But you yourselves do wrong and cheat! And you do this to other believers ˻in Christ˼! 9- 10Surely you know that the people that do wrong will not get God’s kingdom. Don’t be fooled. These people will not get God’s kingdom: people that sin sexually, people that worship idols, people that do the sin of adultery, men that let other men use them for sex or that have sex with other men, people that steal, people that are greedy, people that get drunk, people that say bad things to other people, and people that cheat. 11In the past, some of you were like that. But you were washed clean, you were made holy, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 12”All things are allowed for me.” But not all things are good. “All things are allowed for me.” But I will not let anything be my master. 13”Food is for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” Yes. And God will destroy them both. But the body is not for sexual sin. The body is for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14And God will raise our bodies from death with the same power he used to raise the Lord Jesus. God will also raise us from death. 15Surely you know that your bodies are parts of Christ himself. So I must never take the parts of Christ and join those parts to a prostitute! 16The Scriptures say, “The two people will become one.” So you should know that a person that ˻sexually˼ joins himself with a prostitute becomes one with her in body. 17But the person who joins himself with the Lord is one with the Lord in spirit. 18So run away from sexual sin. Every other sin that a person does is outside his body. But the person that sins sexually sins against his own body. 19You should know that your body is a temple ˻(house)˼ for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. You don’t own yourselves. 20You were bought ˻by God˼ at a price. So honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6