I. Leaven Is Sin!
Please open your Bibles and read 1 Corinthians 5:6-8,
11, then note the following points as you observe Chart #2...
All leaven is to be “purged out.”
Paul wrote in I Cor. 5:7, “Purge out
therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are
Old Leaven - The Old Man and His Deeds
Rom. 6:6 -
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of
sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
2. Eph. 4:22
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.”
Col. 3:9 -
“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
II Cor. 5:17 -
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
C. The Leaven of Malice (ill will)
and Wickedness (all lawlessness)
1. Rom. 13:10
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling
of the law.”
The reason why some of my brethren do not observe the completeness of I
Cor. 5 (all inclusiveness), is because they’re looking at the chapter
from too broad of a perspective. They
only see the big picture and not some of the specific words.
selected areas, we are to view the word of God from a panoramic view. But in
some areas we are to examine it from a close-up view. For
When it comes to parables we are to look at the big picture, we’re
not to dissect every individual word and try to find it’s meaning. A parable reveals
pictures which are made evident by looking at the entire representation. This
is also true with the book of Revelation. It is written in signs as Rev.
1:1 says, it is “signified”.
However, some passages are to be thoroughly examined. In
I Cor. 5:11, it says,
“and such like” which means that we are to extract more out of
this passage of scripture than that which is specifically mentioned!
verses must be brought into focus with a close up view, while others are
to understood from a panoramic view (signs; parables).
It is also imperative
that we recognize the difference between the two (II Tim. 2:15).
III. We Are To Feed On Christ
open your Bibles and read John 6:48-68. then observe the
following points, which further demonstrate the type/antitype we are speaking
To preach Christ is to preach the Word
1. The Bible says Paul
preached Christ unto the Corinthians The language employed in the book
of Acts is: “They preached Christ unto them.”
2. Acts 18:11 says
Paul, “continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God
among them” (the Corinthians).
3. In I Cor. 2:2,
Paul wrote the church at Corinth and stated, “For I determined not to know
any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
4. Yet, we observe
Paul's preaching, he taught, “Christ OUR PASSOVER is sacrificed for
us” (1 Cor. 5:7)
B. Notice this same
type/antitype employed by the Lord in John 6:48-58, which
“48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are
dead [they ate the same bread/manna for 40 years, jhb]. 50
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat
thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came
down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever [the
bread of life, jhb]: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I
will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove
among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 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. 54
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will
raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat [food, jhb]
indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh,
and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the
living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me,
even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down
from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he
that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”
Jesus is not speaking of the Lord’s Supper here, as many believe today.
2. Nor is He speaking of cannibalism here,
as the context reveals some of those listening to Him thought.
These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an
hard saying; who can hear it?”
3. We must discern physical bread from the
spiritual bread of this context! (cf. Mt. 4:4) as Jesus is
speaking of His Word as the words (bread) of Life!
context continues, we learn that Peter made the right application.
“ 66 From that time many of his
disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said
Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter
answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”
C. Not only are
we to preach Christ, but we are to feed on him as The Bread of Life
1. This is the
unleavened, spiritual bread of life (not phys. Manna)!
2. Jesus said
in the gospel of Mt. 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hunger and
thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
And in the
gospel of John 6,
the Lord likened it, to eating His flesh and drinking his blood.
Every word in the gospel is referred to as the New Testament in his blood.
IV. Leavening Agents – “Such An One”
The following explains
the small box in the lower
left hand corner of Chart #2
A. Note the use of the same GK word (Strong's #5108) in the following
7:7-13 - “7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching
for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the
commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and
cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may
keep your own tradition. 10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and
thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban,
that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he
shall be free. 12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his
father or his mother; 13 Making the word of God of none effect through your
tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such (#
5108) like things do ye.”
5:19-21 - “19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told
you in time past, that they which do such things (# 5108) shall
not inherit the kingdom of God.”
B. "Such a one" helps us to know that all sin is a leaving
agent. Just because it is not specifically listed in 1 Cor. 5, does not mean
it is not a leavening agent.
V. Unleavened Bread – Sincerity & Truth
following explains the small box in the lower right hand corner of Chart #2
All of our
service to God is to be in sincerity and in truth. Josh. 24:14
says, “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth.”
B. All of our teaching and
preaching is to be in sincerity and truth
II Cor. 1:12 - "For our rejoicing is
this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly
sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God,
we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
II Cor. 2:17 - "For we
are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of
sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in
C. We cannot keep the feast with insincerity and
untruth! Such needs to be PURGED OUT!
VI. False Doctrine Is A Leaven
following is an explanation of Chart #3
A. The Bible plainly declares false
doctrine as a leaven
Mt. 16:6-12 - “6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed
and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have
taken no bread. 8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto
them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have
brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither
remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took
up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many
baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I
spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of
the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of
bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
- “And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of
the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.”
B. It only takes "a little
I Cor. 5:6 - “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little
leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Gal. 5:7-9 - “7Ye did run well; who did hinder you
that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh
not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the
C. False doctrine cannot be
tolerated and must be "PURGED OUT"
16:17-18 - " 17Now I
beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and
offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and
avoid them. 18For they that are such serve not our Lord
Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches
deceive the hearts of the simple.
2. Gal. 1:6-9 - "
6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which
is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an
angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As
we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other
gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
VII. All Leaven Is To Be Purged
The following is an
explanation of Chart #4
like I Cor. 5, the context of II Thess. 3,
is all inclusive.
Additionally, II Thess. 3 includes additional individuals to be
purged, other than just those specifically mentioned
in v. 11 (i.e. busy bodies who wouldn’t work).
According to verse 14, we are to identify and avoid
all who do not obey the entire epistle of II Thessalonians,
which commands us to obey every word of all the
apostles in all of their epistles (II Thess. 2:15; 3:4).