That Was Then

7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9 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 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. 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 Corinthians 6:7-11

In essence Paul said, “Those are some of the things you were involved in, but you don’t have to be involved in them anymore. The Holy Spirit is now living in you. That was then. This is now.”

Many of us are far removed from the lives we once lived. Sin nature, however, has a habit of creeping up and pounding on our doors on a regular basis.

But as Paul said to the Corinthians: “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.”

That is a powerful message and reminder to us in this day and age.

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