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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

1 Corinthians 6

Verse 1

The unjust; heathen tribunals.--The saints; Christian tribunals.

Verse 2

Shall judge the world. There are various allusions in the sacred writings founded upon the idea that, when Christ should appear upon the earth to establish his final kingdom, his people should be elevated to stations of trust and responsibility, and associated with him in the administration of his government.(Comp. 2 Tim. 2:12. Rev. 3:21.)

Verse 3

That we shall judge angels; a still stronger expression than the preceding, in regard to, the future advancement of the faithful, servants of Christ.

Verse 4

Set them to judge who are least esteemed. The apostle proposes this not seriously, but speaks it, as he says in the 1 Corinthians 6:5, to their shame, that is, to show, in a clear light, how absurd was the course which they had pursued.

1 Corinthians 6:12,13. These verses are somewhat obscure. Paul evidently here passes to another subject, and the language used is generally considered as a sort of dialogue with one disposed to defend himself in his transgressions. Thus, all things are lawful for me, says the objector; to which Paul replies, that, admitting this, all things are not expedient. And so with the other clauses. This explanation, however, does not seem to be entirely satisfactory.

Verse 13

The body is not for fornication; the body is not formed to be given up to the dominion of its propensities and passions, but to be devoted to the Lord Jesus.

Verse 16

Two, saith he, &c. This was originally spoken of the union between the husband and wife, (Genesis 2:24,) but is here applied to a different case.

Verse 18

Is without the body; is not a sin directly against his own body.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 6". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.