You may not be all you would hope to be, but you are not who you used to be…Deceived!
Deceived people thinking they were on their way to Heaven, and God shone His Word into your heart and this promise,” … Will not…inherit the kingdom of God.” Read and note the word ” nor,” this refers to those who would not inherit the kingdom … Barred from Heaven!
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. “( 1 Cor 6:9). And that is a fact! A promise!
But note a change happened and acknowledged of changed lived when Paul writes,”… And that is what some of you were.” Past tense. “You were,” characterized by these sinful damning Heaven barring traits! “BUT GOD…” Note what comes next. “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.”- (1 Cor 6:9-11)
Note ” you were… You were ” is mentioned twice. “You were,” characterized by a lifestyle, then “YOU WERE” touched and transformed by God! Contact by God changed you and is changing you! Their sinful past is undeniable and he does not want them to be “deceived,” that continuing on in such a lifestyle bars them from entrance Into the Kingdom. And with such a note of the mighty work of God in the life it should cause us to be grateful, compassionate, hopeful, that no person is so far gone that they too cannot by God’s doing be part of the “… and such were some of you,”.., ” you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified…” What glorious hope to pray on… share on!
Share, knowing His hand is not so short He cannot reach down and Into a life and snatch them from the horror of sins bondage and make them part of the new brigade …washed sanctified justified. A change in character, a change in standing with God. New creations!
* Note how Paul finishes it…“in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” It takes a work of God to take us from who we “were” to who we are now! To Him be the Glory for your rescue and inspire hope in Him He still saves and breaks the chains of bondage !! You once were deceived, dead in sins “BUT GOD…” has made you alive to walk in newness of Life.
People are deceived, you once were.
Never look down on a sinner, you have no reason to!
Offer hope to Others
Pray On In Hope To The GOD of Hope!