Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6
1 Corinthians 6:9-11—all God’s judgments are based on works
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Unrighteous—doers of wrong, wicked. Regardless of how popular these sins are, be not deceived. You have been washed from the old sins, and also now one who is no longer doing that gross stuff. They put off the old.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light
Becometh—suitable or proper for. Live like who you are, that’s what unbelievers do, and that’s what believers will do too. Filthiness—shameful, obscene things. Foolish talking—the empty talk of fools. Jesting—making everything, even sacred things, a joke. Not convenient—not fitting, out of character for a Christian.
Be not deceived—some will tell you these sins don’t matter for Judgment Day.
Children of disobedience—people who don’t listen, wrong doctrine leads to wrong morals.
Ways to dismiss these troublesome words
1) Paul reflects his culture; these are Paul’s scruples.
2) Redefine words: each sin we might be able to make it about something that doesn’t affect us. What is the “Kingdom of God”
3) Make justification theoretical
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Lasciviousness—unbridled lust, excess mostly for public show. Witchcraft—pharmakaia—use of drugs, particularly with sorcery. Variance—contentiousness, debate, wrangling. Strife—a partisan spirit, canvassing for office. Emulations—heated jealousy, envy, to emulate that which is better than you, here in a bad sense—wanting to be something you aren’t.
Tell you before—before these things are proved to be true on Judgment Day.
--born again people come out from that stuff and do this stuff:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness [kindness], goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Have crucified—old way of life with its affections is seen as dead, and now you are living new life in Christ. Affections—emotions or influence or passion, susceptibility to evil impressions. Word has to do with suffering—following the flesh leads to suffering—hangovers, etc.