Lesson Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Key Lesson Theme: “Sanctified”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, March 24
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males,
10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.
11 And some of you used to be like this. 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.
Don’t be tricked into thinking that unbelieving judges can render true justice or make wise decisions (vv. 1-8). Don’t be led astray by the wicked practices that prevailed in the culture around them.
The first three items in the list (fornicators, … idolaters, … adulterers) deal with sexual sin between persons who are not spouses. The next one - males who have sex with males - refer to homosexual practices, either in the context of pagan worship or as a general lifestyle.
The items in verse 10 identify social sins that showed disregard for others or their property. We understand who thieves are. The greedy were those who eager to have more, especially more of what belongs to others. Drunkards denotes those persons who were constantly intoxicated. Verbally abusive people were those who railed against others. Swindlers were similar to thieves, but suggests those who use any kind of deceptive or pressure tactics to get what they want from someone. Along with those identified in verse 9, no one who adopted any of these practices as his or her lifestyle shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And some of you used to be like this was intended to remind the Corinthians that at one time they were guilty of these sins, though he is not necessarily saying that everyone practiced everything in the list. But all that was in their past, for they had been washed…sanctified…justified.
The change that took them from what they were to what they had become was accomplished in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
What are some lasting truths from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11?
>In Christ, we are set free from our past lives of sin.
>The lifestyle of believers in Christ will differ greatly from those who are not in right relationship with Him.
>In Christ and by His Spirit we are able to live as those who have been washed, sanctified, and justified; therefore, made fit for the kingdom of God.
Until tomorrow Saints... Every day is Sunday