What does "delivered unto Satan" mean?
1 Cor. 5:4-5 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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.

These verses may inspire strange pictures of the "one" mentioned being wrapped in a box and bow and presented to Satan personally. What is really going on here? Contextual study, with the help of Witherington's Corinthians commentary (158), provides some likely answers.

Like many Biblical passages, this one takes on greater and clearer meaning when set in the context of the world it was written in. The technique described would not work as well in our individualistic society and thoughtful consideration would need to be given before applying it elsewhere.

-JPH