1 Corinthians 6:9-11
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.
Apart from the reality that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, the Bible is clear about the uncompromising standards that will determine who inherits the kingdom. The idea some have that it does not matter if you live right or not because it is by grace that we are saved is totally unfounded. The Old Testament is full of God’s original, unchanging intentions. These do not and will never change, not even under the New Testament.
There is no direct repetition of some Old testament laws regarding how sin and sinful acts should be treated, like the fact that women caught in adultery should be stoned to death. Jesus’ response when they brought a woman caught in adultery gave what appears to be a different interpretation to that statement. It is clear that Jesus did not mean God now condones adultery and there is nothing wrong with it. He still hates it like every other sin, except He expects people who sin to be handled differently under the dispensation of grace. Remember what Jesus told the woman – Go and sin no more.
Today’s passage describes what will happen when the period to be saved by grace is over. People who did not take advantage of God’s grace to change and live better will experience the blunt treatment for their sins, reflecting the picture of the Old Testament. Only those who have set themselves apart will have access to the kingdom of heaven. Make sure you are in while grace lasts.
1. Thank God His grace is still available to man, so you can be saved and live your earthly life freed from corruption.
2. Ask God for help and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in your transformation as you wait for the Second Coming and the end of this present world.
3. Dear Father, please help me get closer to You to experience the change You promised through the work of the holy Spirit in my life.
I declare that I am the reason God’s grace is still in place today. I receive and walk in this grace and free myself of all sin and sinful behaviors that God hates. I declare that I am an overcomer. I receive grace to overcome all the works deployed by the enemy to circumvent my destiny in the name of Jesus.