Day 61…1 Corinthians 6:9-11:

April 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM Leave a comment

I Corinthians 6:9-11: Pet sins

In these few verses Paul rhymes off a number of sins that will stop anyone from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Paul specifically wanted the believers at Corinth to clean up their act and change.

v.9-10, Paul gives a very strong exhortation about those who will not inherit God’s Kingdom. “Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people.” The Christians at Corinth (or modern day believers) could not call themselves followers of Jesus and allow any kind of evil to live permanently in their lives. By saying that “none of these [that commit these sins] will inherit the Kingdom of God” Paul was referring to those who continued to sin with no remorse or change…because we all know we are all sinners and continue to sin even as believers! However, if people persist to sin and walk in evil ways, and profess to believers, they need to re-evaluate their lives to see if they truly believe in Jesus.

All sin, not just homosexuals…I find it very funny that people get stuck on one sin, but the Bible, both here and many other passages, speak of all sins as being evil, yes even a white lie as society likes to call it. Some believe some sins are bigger than others but all sins are sins! It’s that simple. We, all of us sinners, stand guilty before God. So instead of spreading hatred, spread the word that there is hope for sinners of all kinds through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus! He is the one who sets ALL people free, regardless of the their sins.

v.11, the reason Paul’s list of sins above is so long and precise is because the Christians at Corinth had come from those sins and lifestyles. He says “some of you were once like that” meaning they had practiced these sins and lived with sexual immorality before they were believers, but unfortunately some of the believers in the church had gone back to those old lives. So he reminds them that “[they] were cleansed” referring to when Jesus died on the cross and washed away their sins through his blood. “[They] were made holy” or sanctified, meaning they were set apart by God to live holy lives, again because of what Jesus did on the cross for them. [They] were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” meaning they were made right with God again because of Jesus death and resurrection. Jesus was the only sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world because he was perfect and sinless. Because Jesus took our (sinners) place we (sinners) can come freely to God. The reason Paul mentions the “Spirit of God” is because he wants to remind us that the Holy Spirit has just as much apart in our salvation as God: the Father (who sent his Son to die) and Jesus: the Son died and rose again.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? All sins, not just the ones we think are REALLY bad, separates us from God and it is only through sincere belief in Jesus we are cleansed from those sins. And it is only through Jesus I am made holy and made right with God (John 14:6). There is nothing I can do and nothing I can say to save myself (Eph 2:8-9).

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Remember that my past life of sinfulness needs to constantly be put behind me or at the foot of the cross, and I need to live my life for God 100% of the time. I know I am a sinner but I am also a sinner saved by God’s grace and I need to stop going back to those sins that I am so easily entangled in (Hebrews 12:1) or as I like to call them my “pet sins.”

God help me to not go back to my pet sins and focus all my energy and time of getting to know you better. I love you and thank you for your grace and forgiveness when I go back to my pet sins.

Entry filed under: Journey Thru the Bible.

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