I Corinthians 6, continued

I Corinthians 6:16-20

  • The Greek text of the New Testament was written in all capitals with no punctuation or spaces between words.
    • “Let’s eat, Grandma!” vs. “Let’s eat Grandma!”
  • I Corinthians 6:12 – There are two primary interpretations of this verse.
    • #1 – This is a quote.
      • Some translations put this in quotes (“All things are lawful for me.”) to indicate Paul is responding to a common saying. However, we must be careful when inserting punctuation to be sure it is warranted.
    • #2 – This is a statement, but “all” refers only to lawful things.
  • I Corinthians 6:13 – See Romans 6:12; 12:1-2. Paul strikes down both their reasoning and their excuses.
  • I Corinthians 6:14 – See I Corinthians 15:20-22.
  • I Corinthians 6:15 – Some at this time did not see prostitution as a sin. Paul speaks strongly against this idea here.
  • I Corinthians 6:16
  • I Corinthians 6:18 – Get away from sexual immorality (Proverbs 5:8). This is not a sin to toy around with!
    • Possibility #1: “is” = “originates” and “outside the body” = “in the heart/mind”
    • Possibility #2: This is another quote.
      • Gnosticism – There was a growing heresy that taught that the soul and body were two separate things, so it didn’t matter what you did with your body.
  • I Corinthians 6:19-20 – The Holy Spirit is in us in a figurative sense. God purchased us with the blood of Jesus. We are to use our bodies in God’s service.