Motives and Attitudes about Behavior

Observations about the behavior of various early Christians:

  • The letters of the New Testament were written to Christians, not the general population.
  • The verb tenses and logic surrounding the lists of bad behaviors suggest that
    • The faithful had not overcome these behaviors completely
      • 1 Corinthians 3:3
      • 1 Corinthians 5:1
      • 1 Corinthians 6:1
      • 2 Corinthians 7:1
      • Galatians 5:16
      • Ephesians 4:17
      • Ephesians 5:6
      • Colossians 3:5 – 9
      • James 4:1 – 6
      • James 5:1 – 6
    • Some were rationalizing that bad behavior as inevitable or excusable
      • 1 Corinthians 3:16 – 23
      • 1 Corinthians 5:2
      • 1 Corinthians 10:13
      • Philippians 4:18
      • 1 Thessalonians 4:6
      • 2 Timothy 3:1 – 7
      • James 1:13 – 22
      • 2 Peter 2:18 – 22
  • The rationale for good behavior was not to avoid punishment but
    • Romans 3:19 – 26
    • Romans 6:11 – 18
    • Romans 12:1 – 2
    • Romans 13:1 – 7
    • 1 Corinthians 5:6 – 8
    • 1 Corinthians 6:11 – 20
    • 1 Corinthians 9:27
    • Galatians 5:22
    • Galatians 6:8
    • Ephesians 4:20 – 24
    • Ephesians 5:11 – 17
    • Colossians 3:1 – 2
    • 1 Thessalonians 1 – 8
    • Titus 3:1 – 8
    • Hebrews 2:14 – 15
    • James 1:21
    • James 3:13 – 18
    • 1 Peter 1:13 – 19
    • 1 Peter 2:1 – 5
    • 1 Peter 2:11 – 12
    • 2 Peter 2:9