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"Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?" (1 Cor. 6:1).

I want to show you an area where you have been made like your Father. He has restored you back to His image and to His likeness; like Adam was before He fell. He did it through Jesus. God expects us to act like Him. And God has given us the same authority now that He gave Adam - that is, have dominion over everything.

First Corinthians 6:1 tells us how Christians are supposed to deal with legal disputes with other Christians. He's not talking about with the world. It said that you are not supposed to go before the unjust. First of all, Christians should not sue Christians. If you have a dispute, you are to go before the saints. He said, why in the world are you going to the natural courts suing each other and you are in the family. Don't take family business to the world. Take it to the saints.

That also means, then, that the saints have to receive the judgment as law. People come to me for mediation of disputes. Then I render the judgment, but they decide they don't like the judgment. Well, you are already out of the word of God. You are out of life and you are over into death. You must be willing to accept the judgment given.

First Corinthians 6:3 says, "Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?"

He said now, if you can judge Gabriel and Michael, tell me why can't you have a matter disputed and settled between Christians about $600? Certainly, Christians should not be suing their own church or any church or organization of God. Absolutely not. That is strictly out of the word of God. But it said that believers should be able to go to other believers. If they can't get it settled, that is why I have a ministerial staff fully qualified to judge the matter.

Any saint, however, ought to be able to render the proper judgment after hearing all the facts. They are filled with the Holy Ghost. They have such integrity that they can make the proper judgement. You know you'll get the right thing. Boy, God said a mouthful about what He thinks about us.

Study References: Proverbs 6:16-19; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Keith Butler
Keith Butler has been an ordained minister since 1974. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds diplomas from Canada Christian College and Rhema Bible Training Center. He serves in ministry with the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, and April), Pastor MiChelle Ferguson and husband Pastor Lee (grandson Lucas), and Minister Kristina Jenkins and husband Pastor Joel (grandsons Andrew and Austin, and granddaughter Alyssa).

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