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1 Corinthians 5:6

by Don Costello  
8/07/2008 / Bible Studies

1 Corinthians 5:6

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

1."Your glorying is not good"

a. glorying [2745 * kauchema] [Zodhaites: A boast.]

b. I don't think they were boasting about the sin in their congregation, they were just boasting about their congregation. They were ignoring the situation, perhaps pretending it wasn't there. Paul was saying that their boasting in light of the fact there was a very visible ungodly situation in their midst is not good.

2. "Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?"
a. Matthew 13:33 "Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."
b. Leaven used as a symbol was never good, especially in the context of Passover, as is used here in 1 Corinthians 5. Here Paul is using it as symbolic of sin in the congregation. During Passover, Israel was not to eat any leavened bread.
1). Exodus 12:15 "Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
2). Exodus 12:18-20 "In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

c. The Apostle Paul was warning them to address this issue, they had no choice if they wanted to remain faithful to God. There were a lot of faithful believers in Corinth, and if they did not address this sin, it would corrupt the whole church.

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

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