Tag: 1st Corinthians 1-6
Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Corinthians 1-6
We all have a past sin history! We still have memories and our enemy the Devil likes to bring up our past and rub our noses in it. Many people have a difficult time believing that God can forgive some of the flagrant sins that we have been involved in. The statement that God forgives our sins and remembers them no more is hard to accept. We feel like we must pay for some of these sins. Paul deals with these issues in his letter to the Corinthians and they can help us today to be free from condemnation!
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of your were. But you were washed, your were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1st Corinthians 6:9-11)
All sinners have a sentence of death upon them. They are outside the kingdom of God. Many involved in sexual sins and idolatry claim to be Christians in line for heaven. They are deceived! This is a shocking statement that most people involved in these sins ignore. The worst state of a person is deception because that person actually thinks that they are in the kingdom of God when they are not. Active involvement with this list of sins is a dangerous place to be if you claim to be a Christian or are an unbeliever.
The good news is that although many have been involved in these common sins of the flesh, there is a way for them to be free from the sins and be included in the kingdom of God. They can be washed of these sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. They can be made clean and set apart by the Holy Spirit living in them and making them a new creation. They can be justified before God because of faith in Jesus Christ. A person who is truly saved will seek to please God by living a holy life, free from these obvious sins. Remember today that you are washed and your sin is remembered no more!
Scripture reading for November 23rd: 1st Corinthians 1-6
To educated people, Christ and the cross seems to be a foolish idea. It doesn’t make sense to the natural mind trained to trust senses, self, and science. It is not logical or even believable to many who have college degrees and have embraced modern secular humanism. To these people, religion is fine, but the cross is offensive! They are strong enough to handle life by themselves and want to live it up while they can. But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong! (1st Corinthians 1:27)
The message of the cross is a message of God’s wrath against sin. God has decreed that the soul that sins must die. (Romans 6:23) Jesus Christ took the wages of man’s sin upon Himself and was beaten, mocked, spit upon, ridiculed, and crucified as a common criminal. Isaiah says that we considered Him “stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4) The punishment that we deserved fell upon Him and by His stripes we are healed! (Isaiah 53:5) God’s wrath was directed against His own Son, that we might be free from that wrath! (2nd Corinthians 5:21)
The message of the cross tells of God’s love for us who are made in His image. God Himself being willing to send His only Son to earth just to die in our place tells the greatest love story ever told! “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) He demonstrated His love for us in that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners! (Romans 5:8) God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish, but have eternal life! (John 3:16)
The message of the cross demands repentance and faith. We must turn from our self-centered ways and look to Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sin. This message is the power of God for salvation to those who will believe! (Romans 1:16-17) “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1st Corinthians 1:30)
We must be humble to receive this message of the cross. It is foolishness to those who claim worldly wisdom. It is weakness to those who think themselves strong. It is an offense to our intellect and strength, but it is God’s wisdom for the humble! Oh how I love the cross and the One who gave His life for me! May this message of God’s wrath against sin and God’s amazing love flow from us who believe each and every day!