Together in Christ: 'Cleansed, Made Holy, and Passionate to Reach the Lost!' — 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Monday, November 4, 2024

Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people — none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
— 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT

Key Thought

Some of you were once like that. Ah, yes! Jesus came into the world to save sinners, [1] and we have all been one of those sinners. Thanks be to God for the grace given us in Jesus Christ that provided our salvation [2] and led both to our forgiveness of sins and also our cleansing. [3] As Paul told the Corinthians, we were "cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." While this is our initial cleansing and salvation, that same cleansing and forgiveness are ours through confession of our sins and depending upon our Father's love and grace. [4] Jesus is our mediator who paid the ransom price to redeem us from our sins. [5] He now presents us before the heavenly hosts as "holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault." [6]

This new relationship with God that has made a new creation that is holy in His sight [7] has several implications for our relationships that we should embrace:

  • Praise to God for His grace lavished upon us in Jesus and His personal indwelling inside us through the Holy Spirit. [8]
     
  • Fellowship with other believers in Christ who are part of God's redeemed and cleansed family. [9]
     
  • Reach out in love — not condemnation or avoidance — to those who do not yet know Jesus and God's saving grace that He longs extend to them and bring them into His family and our fellowship. [10]
     
[1] 1 Timothy 1:15.
[2] Ephesians 2:1-10.
[3] Our cleansing, or purifying as it is sometimes called, means we were made holy and new as if we had never sinned.
[4] 1 John 1:5-10.
[5] 1 Timothy 2:5.
[6] Colossians 1:22.
[7] 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
[8] Acts 2:38-47; Romans 8:9-16.
[9] 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 1:1-7.
[10] Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 10:45; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank You for Your loving grace provided by my redemption in the work of Jesus and made real in me through the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit. Draw me close to Your children, saved by grace, who are now my spiritual family. And, dear Father, keep my heart open and tender toward those who are lost and do not yet know Jesus.

All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen. *
* 1 Timothy 1:17.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
  • 1 John 1:5-2:2

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Illustration

Illustration of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT — Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people — none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.