SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD"
1 Corinthians 6:9††
Most people think that Christianity is no more than an outward service to God, the belief of a certain creed, the performance of certain rituals, ceremonies and duties. They look upon God as a great Being who is (perhaps) to be feared, and One whose wrath, by some means, must be propitiated, but not One who is to be loved and obeyed.
This was a major problem in the Church at Corinth. One member of the church was openly living in an incestuous relationship with his father's wife. Some were going before the courts, before pagan, unbelieving civil magistrates, to settle petty disputes over money and property.
The men and women at Corinth who professed to be believers in Christ, children of God and heirs of eternal life, were commonly found in association with ungodly, unbelieving people, who hated God and the gospel of his grace in Christ. Some of them even made the observance of the Lord's Supper an occasion for drunkenness and frivolity!
Charles Hodge wrote, "It is evident that among the members of the Corinthian church, there were some who retained their pagan notion of religion, and who professed Christianity as a system of doctrine and form of worship, but not as a rule of life."
Paul plainly warns all such religious professors of their fatal mistake. He assures us that no immoral man or woman, none who willingly follow a life of sin, can be saved. "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" Those who say, (by the way they live), "Let us sin that grace may abound", are lost.
This is the essence of Paul's doctrine in 1 Corinthians 6: That person, that man or woman, whose religion, whose profession of faith in Christ, does not involve real conversion, a real turning of heart and life to the living God, is lost. It does not matter how sound, how thoroughly orthodox, your creed is, if you are without repentance you are not regenerate, if you are not converted you do not know Christ. "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.Ē
You cannot earn salvation by doing that which is righteous. But you are not saved unless you are taught of God to "live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.Ē Godís people are godly people. Saints are sanctified men and women. There are no exceptions. The grace of God that brings salvation makes a difference in the hearts, minds, and lives of those who experience it. Salvation is not walking an aisle, kneeing at a mournerís bench, or saying a prayer. To be saved is to be born again, born of God, translated into the kingdom of God, and transformed into the image of Godís dear Son.
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #780
2734 Old Stanford Road - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor -Telephone 606-236-8235 - Email firstname.lastname@example.org