6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Bread of Sincerity and Truth
Before we think of the passage above, what is the significance of unleavened bread? Leavening for bread is used throughout the Bible as a representation of sin. As leaven is put in the flour, it grows and spreads throughout all of the dough, causing it to rise (or grow). Such is a little sin within our hearts, or within a church!
That is exactly what Paul is addressing in this passage to the Corinthian church. As Christians we need to be constantly examining our own lives to see if sin is taking root and growing. No Christian is too strong for this to happen. As a matter of fact, the closer we come to God, the more Satan will attack us. What a blessing when we reach the kingdom of heaven and no longer have to face the constant warring of our own sin within our lives!
The church of Corinth was not dealing with a man who had relations with his father's wife. What must Christ think of our churches today? What church is not polluted with the sins which have become so commonplace in our day that they are accepted, even in the church. Yes, the church is for sinners, but let us pray rather than criticize those caught up in such sins. Remember, except for the grace of God, that could be us.
God demands sincerity and truth, as well as obedience to His Holy Word. Pray, this day, that God would fill your life and the lives of those around you with the bread of sincerity and true found only in Christ, our Lord.
Amen, so let it be!
God Bless You,