Keeping Company

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Don`t be deceived! "Bad company corrupts good character."

When the Bible says ‘don’t be deceived’  it’s a good time to sit up and listen – because the chances are that WE (yes even us) could be tricked in this area!

There are four places in the NT where the phrase ‘don’t be deceived’ is used:
*The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9)
*Bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33)
*Whatever a man sows, that he reaps (Galatians 6:7)
*Temptation leads to lust which leads to sin and brings forth death (James 1:15-16).

Interesting isn’t it?

The word company here is different to that of fellowship. It comes from a root word meaning ‘a crowd’ or ‘multitude’. As Christians we are called to walk according to the narrow way – it’s a lonely and difficult walk.  The word ‘corrupt’ means to be destroyed or spoiled. 2 Corinthians 11:3 shows that the serpent achieved his end – which was that their minds were ‘corrupted from the simplicity that is toward Christ’. 

The word good character – refers actually to good customs – moral habits and manners.  How often have we found that when we start to hang out among a crowd of people who act a particular way, then we start to act that way too?

So simply put, this verse says, if you hang out with a depraved and evil crowd of people, the good customs and habits that you possess will be ruined.  It’s BECAUSE we think that we’ll be OK – we think we’re the exception – that’s why Paul puts such great emphasis on this!  Don’t be deceived!  Watch your companionships!

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