1 Corinthians 5
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY CAN BE USED FOR THE good of a Brother or Sister.
This does not imply the condemnation of the Brother or Sister. It is a form of spiritual correction.
Here Paul says to deliver this Brother to Satan. This involves giving Satan authority over the persons flesh, by this he means things in the realm of the senses.
This is an apostolic authority!
The purpose of this is for an unrepentant, proudful Brother to be humbled, so they can find repentance and retrace their steps.
Notice that Paul used this method another time in the Scriptures in 1 Timothy 1:20 “Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. ”
Notice also that Paul points out that the purpose of delivering this person to Satan is so that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus. This is very vital.
The reason for this apostolic authority is not to witch hunt a Brother or Sister; the reason for this is not to show that the leader has spiritual authority. The reason for this is the salvation of the person involved.
This is because if they continue, they will get to the place where they can even renounce the Lord Jesus.
The thing really is to never allow yourself to get to the point were the only way to rescue you is to deliver the person to Satan to torture the flesh (things in the senses). The teaching of God’s word and your spiritual Leader’s instructions should be enough to stay you.
Paul believes that if all efforts to salvage a Believer fail, when he or she is delivered to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, somehow, they will retrace their steps and walk with the Lord.
That was the case with this Brother. In 2 Corinthians we see that the Brother had so turned around that Paul had to write to instruct the church to receive him immediately back into the fold.
There is no reason for fear here. The major thing in this is to simply walk safely with the Lord and submit yourself to your spiritual authority. It will keep you safe and blossoming in the house of our God!
And you will live a life of an unending stream of miracles, victories and successes.
God bless you richly!