When the Apostle Paul wrote the letters to the Corinthians, who was he writing to? To the church of God that is in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2). They must be saints then. How is this church of God like the churches now? Do we see division in the church of God? Do we see immaturity and self-deception? Do we see lack of discipline? Do we see lawsuits? Do we see sexual immorality? The church of Corinth even bragged about their sin (1 Corinthians 5:2, 5:6). This last point might be the one place the church at Corinth has us beat. Typically the church of God today hides their sin pretending to be pure and holy on our own. (There is also redefining sin in the church but that will have to be for another day.) Is there a place in between bragging about sin and hiding sin?
Both bragging about and hiding sin cheapens God’s grace. And cheap grace does not attract people to Christ. Only full blown, unqualified grace attracts the sinner to Christ. And all we want is more people coming to Christ.
There is so much more but I cannot bring myself to write it all.