1 Corinthians 5:4

4 1In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, 2with the power of our Lord Jesus,

1 Corinthians 5:4 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 5:4

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
These words contain an account of the several things and circumstances, that should attend the awful act of the apostle, in delivering this man to Satan; it would be done "in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"; by his command, power, and authority, and for his glory; in whose name all miraculous actions, as this was one, were performed:

when ye are gathered together;
as a church, in a public manner, in one place; not to do this business, for this was purely apostolical; but to be witness of this wonderful operation, to acknowledge the justice of God in it, and that they might fear and take warning by it:

and my spirit;
meaning that though he was absent in body, he should be present in spirit; and that the extraordinary gift of the Spirit of God bestowed on him would be visibly exercised upon this man before them all, as if he himself was in the midst of them; and this not by any power of his own, but

with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ;
to which all such miraculous effects, as this hereafter related, are to be ascribed.

1 Corinthians 5:4 In-Context

2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.
3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present.
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6
  • 2. John 20:23; 2 Corinthians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 13:3, 10

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Lit "my spirit, with the power"
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