I Corinthians 6:9 …Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
A. THESE INDIVIDUALS HAD BEEN GUILTY OF PARTAKING IN THESE WICKED DEEDS PRIOR TO THEIR CONVERSION…
Romans 1:24 …Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves: 25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.
B. WE CAN CHANGE THE WICKEDNESS OF OUR PAST LIFE AND THEN CHOOSE TO LIVE A RIGHTEOUS AND GODLY LIFE…
Colossians 3:5 …Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; 6 for which things’ sake cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience: 7 wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things; 8 but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth: 9 lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Ephesians 2:1 …And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins, 2 wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience; 3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest: 4 but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved)….6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:
I. THE UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
A. BE NOT DECEIVED….
nor abusers of themselves with men
nor extortioners… SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
B. THERE IS NO PLACE IN HEAVAEN FOR THOSE WHO PRACTICE THESE THINGS…
II. AND SUCH “WERE” SOME OF YOU! - - BUT….
A. YE WERE WASHED…
Acts 22:16 …And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.
Acts 2:37 …Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?
38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in
the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Mark 16:15 …And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.
Romans 6:1 …What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace
may abound? 2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein;
3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized
into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father,
so we also might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with
him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection;
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin
might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; 7 for
he that hath died is justified from sin.
B. YE WERE SANCTIFIED…
I Corinthians 1:1 …Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours:
John 17:14 …I have given them thy word; and the world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou didst send me into the world, even so sent I them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
C. YE WERE JUSTIFIED…
Romans 5:6 …For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath of God through him. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life; 11 and not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Galatians 2:16 …yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed on Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 3:23 …But before faith came, we were kept in ward under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 So that the law is become our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith is come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ. 28 There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise.
D. “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”
By Ron Lehde
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