Such Were Some of You

by admin ~ August 31st, 2010. Filed under: Brandenburg.

Paul wrote the Corinthians in his first epistle, verses 9-11, “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, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 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.”  I want to draw your attention to five words—”such were some of you.”  The point I want us to see is that until we were washed, sanctified, and justified, we were as bad as anyone that we think are particularly bad.  We’re against sin.  But not because we are some kind of uniquely righteous people.  We are not “better than thou.”  We are “as bad as.”  “Such were some of you.”  All of us were in need of that washing, that justifying, provided freely by Christ.  That ought to fuel us to please the Lord out of a sense of debt, a sense of humility, and a sense of boughten-ness.  That last word isn’t a word, but we’ve been “bought with a price,” that later Paul writes in the same chapter.  And then He follows that we should therefore glorify God in our bodies, which are God’s.

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