Or 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, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 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. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)
One of the most convicting yet encouraging passages in the Bible. Paul asserts the lifestyle which Christians should avoid and further says those who live the lifestyle seen in verses 9-10 will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Those who claim to be true Christians will be evidenced by abiding in Christ (John 15) and a transformed lifestyle which is separated from the world and unto God. Jesus made it abundantly clear in Matthew 5 that His true disciples would be characterized by a pure heart, a thirst and hunger for righteousness, bankrupt in spirit, etc. The Corinthians had been living a lifestyle which was contrary to all of these things; they were corrupt and did not know God. However here is one of the most encouraging passages in the Bible; they have been transformed by God’s grace into something completely different. “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.” How encouraging are these words! Just as the Corinthians had been living in rebellion but were then saved by God’s grace and made to be righteous through Jesus Christ, so we as fellow Christians share in this same manner. We can rejoice in this: we were doomed to live apart from Christ and suffer the wrath of God forever, but we have been saved and transformed by God’s grace and made righteous through Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for God’s transforming grace and redeeming love which has saved me and transformed my life just as it did for the Christians at Corinth. What an Indescribable God we serve!!!