What does, “delivered them to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme” mean?

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What does, “delivered them to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme” mean?

Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.  1 Timothy 1:20

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. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  1 Corinthians 5:5-6

Delivering one over to Satan, is another name for disfellowship, or excommunication.

The purpose of turning one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh is just as Paul said—“that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1 Cor. 5:5). The hope is that the individual will make a proper decision so that only the flesh might be destroyed and not the spirit (i.e. they still get life).

For more information see the verse by verse study on 1st Timothy chapter 1 and 1st Corinthians chapter 5

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