Almost every culture around the world is affected by trends that openly flaunt sin as defined by God. Even those in the Church make allowances, circumvent and oppose the Word of God as being ‘old fashioned and out of date.’ Standing by the Word of God may be rare, but it is a must.
Paul dealt with the same conditions in the Early Church as we do today. He was not afraid to list sins that were current and which “some” of the believers had practiced. After naming the sins, he says, “such were some of you.” At the same time, He is quick to point out what the gospel of grace had accomplished in them. When they received the gospel, the work of Jesus at the cross immediately became effective IN THEM; “you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified.” The blood of Jesus removed the filth of sin, began a life-long work of making them holy like Jesus, and presented them righteous before God.
“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” (1 Corinthians 6:9–10).
“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 6:11).
How do you see sin in your life, marriage, family and church? Is the Word of God applied to them in love and truth so you and others can say “we were…BUT NOW WE ARE”? The greatest blessing for any comes through openly using God’s Word in view of repentance, reconciliation and restoration, and may I add, joyful fellowship.
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