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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 13:20:50 -0600
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Scriptures Speak

Such Were Some of You
by Jimmy Jividen

The city of Corinth was filled with immorality.
Paul preached there about Jesus. He told them that
their sins would damn their souls.

"Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers shall
inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6:9b,10).

The listeners did not try to excuse or justify
their sins. Instead, they repented. Paul described
their change, "such were some of you."  This
reflected two things:

First, the demands of repentance. They gave up
those sins which would have damned their soul. The
fornicators did not blame the culture. The
homosexuals did not blame their genes. The thieves
did not blame their environment, and the drunkards
did not say they had a disease. They simply
repented — quit practicing sin.

Second, the magnitude of grace. This catalog of
sin describes a pretty raunchy bunch of people.
The good news is that these sinners were washed,
sanctified, and justified in and by the blood of
Christ.

God's grace is sufficient to save the most de-
spicable sinner, if that sinner is willing to
repent. In this case, their change of heart in
repentance brought about a total change in their
life-style. This brought a change in their
relationship with God.

Hearing God's message and being moved by it to
obedience will do the same for us today as then —
it will save our souls.

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