Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Justified

1Co 6:9 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 mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.


And there is the greatest praise of all. Verse 11. such were some of you, (me actually), but I am washed, I am sanctified, I am justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Praise God.

I cannot undo my history. It is done. I am already condemned to die. I will die for stealing, for fornication, for covetousness, for drunkenness, for reviling. I am dead. Even if I could get away with the one sin, I have several others to seal my sentence. I am still walking, but my sentence is already passed. I am just like the man in prison, waiting for the death penalty to be carried out. There is no parole for good behavior. I am dead.

But then there is verse 11. Praise God, I am forgiven. Jesus died. Jesus went to the death penalty. I am washed clean. I am alive! I want to stay clean.

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1Co 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

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