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Correction within the Body of Christ – Part 3

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November 27th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Body of Christ, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

The Process of Correction

Step #1: First, examine your own life. Be sure that you are living to the standard that you are judging others by.

Mat 7:1-5 (ESV) “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.


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By Mitch Kuhn
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The Process of Correction

Step #1: First, examine your own life. Be sure that you are living to the standard that you are judging others by.

Mat 7:1-5 (ESV) “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Nathan Rebukes David for having Uriah killed.

• David is King and has many wives and concubines.
• David sees a beautiful married woman, Bathsheba, on the roof bathing and summons her, sleeps with her and she gets pregnant.
• Once David realizes that she’s pregnant, he calls for her husband, Uriah, who is in the army.
• Uriah comes back from battle and David asks for an update. Then David tells Uriah to go home and get cleaned up. David is expecting that after being away from his wife for so long, he will sleep with her. Bathsheba can then claim that her baby is from her husband and not King David.
• The plan back fires, Uriah slept at the door of the Kings house with all of the other servants. So the next morning David asks Uriah why he did not go home.
• Uriah says that the Arc and the armies of Israel are sleeping in tents in the open fields so how can he go enjoy his home and sleep with his wife? Uriah says he will not do it.
• So David steps up his game and gets Uriah drunk. Again, Uriah sleeps with the servants and not at his own home with his wife.
• Finally, David sends the following orders:

2Sa 11:14 (NKJV) In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
2Sa 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.”

• David has incredible gall to send the message to have Uriah killed by Uriah himself.

2Sa 12:1-10 (ESV) And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’

• Nathan tells David that God will not kill him, but his son to be born by Bathsheba will die.
• David realized what he had done was wrong and yet will still had to deal with the consequences of his actions. He had to reap what he sowed, even though God caused it all.
• After David morns he goes and sleeps with his wife and they eventually have a second Son Solomon. Solomon grows up to be a very wise man, he writes proverbs.
• God caused evil and brought good out of it. We still suffer for our evil and are rebuked for it even though God does it all. We have to give account for what he is doing though us.
• We live by every words that proceeds out of the mouth of God

(Matt 4:4), so we will at times be David, and Bathsheba and Nathan.

• God will cause us to do evil, then we will be rebuked for it and watch the fruit of our labor die just as David’s first son dies. Then God will bring for wisdom in our lives (Solomon) out of this evil circumstance just as Solomon was born of Bathsheba.

Step #2: Go to your brother directly, by yourself.

Mat 18:15 (ESV) “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Luk 17:3 (ESV) Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
Luk 17:4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

It is VERY important that we obey these commands of our Lord in order to avoid gossip and slandering one another.

Eph 4:29 (ESV) Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Jas 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

Whenever you speak, ask yourself, “Is what I am saying building someone up or giving grace to those who hear me?” If not, don’t say it. We all know that we will say these things when God sends an evil spirit upon us, but we should strive not to as we work out our salvation.

Jas 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

Rom 14:10 (MKJV) But why do you judge your brother? Or also why do you despise your brother? For all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Speaking evil of your brother is breaking the law; therefore we are not obeying the law. We are commanded to judge one another rightly.

1Co 5:12 (ESV) For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
1Co 5:13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

1Co 6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
1Co 6:2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
1Co 6:3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!
1Co 6:4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?

When confronting a brother, we must rightly handle the word of truth.

2Ti 2:15 (ESV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker (laborer) who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Psa 119:160 (CLV) The sum of Your word is truth …

Act 20:27 (ESV) for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Num 35:30 (ESV) “If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

Step #3: Take a brother or two along with you.

Mat 18:16 (ESV) But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

2Co 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”

Step #4: Take the matter before the church.

Mat 18:17 (ESV) 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.

1Co 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Co 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

If a brother does not respond …

2Th 3:14 (ESV) If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
2Th 3:15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

1Co 5:11 (ESV) But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one.

The list of sins in 1 Corinthians 5:11 are true both inwardly and outwardly. God obviously does not want us outwardly committing adultery or being drunk, yet he also wants us to take every thought captive and have the inside of our cup be clean.

Mat 5:21 (ESV) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’
Mat 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Mat 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
Mat 5:28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

1Sa 16:7 (ESV) But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

1 Corinthians 15:11 is saying that we are to not share a spiritual meal of the word with a brother who is caught up in these sins. We can share the word with a brother in this state as a part of the process of rebuke, but if they do not repent then we are to stop eating the word of God with them.

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:51 (ESV) I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Joh 1:14 (ESV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

2Co 5:21 (ESV) For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Putting a brother out of our midst is the loving thing to do, because to love God is to obey him. It is also to the benefit of our brother to put him out that he may be judged by the Lord.

1Co 5:4 (ESV) When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
1Co 5:5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord (Judgment).

Joe 1:15 (ESV) Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.

1Th 5:2-6 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

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