Such Were Some of You

As discussed in yesterday’s post most of us would have the title of liar, adulterer, and murder plus many, many more titles. 

That isn’t a good thing considering God’s Word says that such that are immoral, adulterers, thieves and greedy will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 

10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ESV 

So those who have divorced and remarried can’t inherit the Kingdom of God, right?  Only if you take those two verses and ignore the following verse.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 

10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ESV

Those who have been called by the Lord were such sinners.  We now though are washed (cleansed, purified), sanctified (set apart, holy), and justified (made right with God). 

By our establishing our own holiness and right actions?  NOPE!

By the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Commentary

“Such were some of you, but you are not what you were. You are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of Christ, and by the Spirit of our God. Note, The wickedness of men before conversion is no bar to their regeneration and reconciliation to God. The blood of Christ, and the washing of regeneration, can purge away all guilt and defilement. Here is a rhetorical change of the natural order: You are sanctified, you are justified. Sanctification is mentioned before justification: and yet the name of Christ, by which we are justified, is placed before the Spirit of God, by whom we are sanctified. Our justification is owing to the merit of Christ; our sanctification to the operation of the Spirit: but both go together. Note, None are cleansed from the guilt of sin, and reconciled to God through Christ, but those who are also sanctified by his Spirit.”

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

So we see clearly that an adulterer can be saved. 

Just as an idolater or a thief can be saved.



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