1 Cor.5:7,8 – 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. The leaven that was forfidden to be part of the meal is a picture of sin. 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.
Paul uses a very interesting illustration in dealing with sinful behavior in the church in Corinth. Paul’s point was that this sin effected the whole church, not just the immoral participants. He drives his point home by describing the sacred Passover feast. This feast is celebrated by a family sitting down together and feasting on the Passover lamb. Christ is our Passover Lamb. The leaven is a picture of sin and is forbidden in the Passover celebration. The point is quite obvious, it is offensive and forbidden to sit down with our “family” and feast on Christ with leaven (sin) in our midst. Paul is saying quite forcefully that we can not walk together in communion with those who live in a sinful lifestyle. Here is a quote from the Spirit Filled Life Bible about this.
“On the night of the first Passover in Egypt, the Hebrews removed all the leaven from their houses, a practice still carried on among Jewish people. Leaven has a fermenting action that illustrates the corrupting power of evil. Since Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed, the church ought to have an unleavened house; otherwise, the yeast of sin can spread if unchecked. Ignored discipline denies the purpose of Christ’s death.”
In this verse Dick Mills explains the word ‘sincerity’. If we are to follow Christ in our spiritual community we must walk in sincerity.
“eilikrineia – Literally “judged by sunlight.” The word alludes to Oriental bazaars where pottery was displayed in dimly lit rooms. Unscrupulous merchants would patch cracked pottery or cover defects with wax. Intelligent buyers would hold up the pottery to the sun and judge its quality by the sunlight. Eilikrineia is transparent honesty, genuine purity, manifested clarity, and unsullied innocence. It describes one who does not fear thorough examination of his motives and intents, because he has nothing to hide.”
Our lives as Christians are an open book. We are called to walk in purity together with others of precious faith. What is the outcome? Christ will be seen and glorified in the midst of His church.