New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:2 saints shall judge. The resurrected saints will apparently “judge the world” during the coming millennium, when Christ reigns and His people reign with Him (Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 20:4).
6:5 your shame. The Greek word translated “shame” is entrope, which means “turning inward” or “inversion.” See also I Corinthians 15:34, where Paul uses the same rebuke. The modern scientific word “entropy” is essentially the same word. In science, entropy is a measure of disorder or confusion.
6:7 rather take wrong. This principle is as relevant today as in Paul’s days. Christians ought to love one another, not sue one another! Christians, like unbelievers, do unfortunately get into mundane arguments and disagreements with each other. They should be able to settle such arguments amicably, however, as Christian brothers. If not, they should be willing to accept Christian mediation from disinterested fellow-Christians. Failing this, the more mature Christian should be willing simply to yield to the other, even if he is legally in the right. Above all, they should not take the matter to court, as this damages the testimony of the whole church.
6:9 effeminate. A man or boy who submits himself to be used sexually by another man.
6:11 the Lord Jesus. Any man or woman, no matter how wicked, can be saved and transformed through faith in Christ. I Corinthians 6:9-10 lists several flagrant sins from which Christ can set converts free. This includes even those sins associated with homosexuality, modern practitioners of which attempt to justify with the pretense that they are born “gay.”
6:12 under the power of any. On decisions dealing with doubtful things, see the notes on Romans 14. The principle given here is to steer clear of any involvement with drugs, intoxicating drink, smoking, gambling or any other behavior that might become addictive.
6:18 fornication. In Biblical usage, “fornication” can mean any sexual congress outside monogamous marriage. It thus includes not only premarital sex, but also adultery, homosexual acts, incest, remarriage after un-Biblical divorce, and sexual acts with animals, all of which are explicitly forbidden in the law as given through Moses (e.g., Leviticus 20:10-21). Christ expanded the prohibition against adultery to include even sexual lusting (Matthew 5:28).
6:19 your body. This is the classic verse which teaches that a Christian’s body belongs to God, not to himself or herself (modern “pro-choice” feminists notwithstanding). Since our “bodies are the members of Christ” (I Corinthians 6:15), we have no right to unite them with some other body in any sexual relation outside of monogamous marriage. Such becomes a sin “against his own body” (I Corinthians 6:18), which could easily result in one of many sex-transmitted diseases (only the worst of which is AIDS), not to mention psychological disorders.
6:20 bought with a price. The purchase price of our bodies was the infinitely precious shed blood of Christ (I Corinthians 6:19-20). Realization of this fact provides another very potent principle for discerning the rightness or wrongness of a certain behavior. Does it, or does it not, glorify God in our body and spirit?