Remove the Old Leaven

The Corinthian Church not only allowed a member of the church to live in adultery, but they boasted about it. First Corinthians 5 addresses the problem. In verse 7, Paul says, “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The old leaven in this context is fornication in particular and sin in general. Having become Christians the Corinthians must not have realized that they could not keep the old leaven, the old way of living. When they allowed it in the church, Paul explained what actions they needed to take to remove the old leaven, which meant they had to disfellowship the fornicating member.
The Holy Spirit wants us to take this action that the church might not have any leaven in it, because Jesus sacrificed Himself for us that we might have all leaven removed from our midst.

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Don Ruhl

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