Lawsuits Against Believers

1 Corinthians 6

1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous r instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that s the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, t why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 u I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. v Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud - even w your own brothers! 1

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous 2 will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: x neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 3 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And y such were some of you. But z you were washed, a you were sanctified, b you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 18:17
    If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
  2. Cross References
    Daniel 7:22
    Until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.
    Matthew 19:28
    Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
    Revelation 20:4
    Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 5:12
    For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
  4. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:34
    Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
    1 Corinthians 4:14
    I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 5:39 - 40
    But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
  6. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 4:6
    That no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.
  7. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:50
    I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cann...
    Galatians 5:21
    Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like thes...
    Ephesians 5:5
    For you may be sure of this, that everyone who ...
    1 Timothy 1:9
    Understanding this, that the law is not laid do...
    Hebrews 12:14
    Strive for peace with everyone, and for the hol...
    Hebrews 13:4
    Let marriage be held in honor among all, and le...
    Revelation 21:8
    But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the det...
    Revelation 22:15
    Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexu...
  8. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:2
    You know that when you were pagans you were led...
    Ephesians 2:2 - 3
    In which you once walked, following the course ...
    Ephesians 4:22
    To put off your old self, which belongs to your...
    Ephesians 5:8
    For at one time you were darkness, but now you ...
    Colossians 3:7
    In these you too once walked, when you were liv...
    Titus 3:3
    For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient...
  9. Cross References
    Acts 22:16
    And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.
    Hebrews 10:22
    Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
    Titus 3:5
    He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
  10. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:2
    To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
  11. Cross References
    Romans 8:30
    And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
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