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 6:11
Paul had just listed of a long list of what the Corinthians were like at one point: sexually immoral, idolaters, homo-sexual, thieves, greedy, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers. All of these were listed as ones who would not inherit heaven. He states that they were those types of people, but were now different, washed, sanctified, and justified by Jesus Christ.
The people of this world are like they are because they don’t know any different. That is the way they were brought up. They will live lives that are cheating, lying, immoral, drunk, and many other bad ways of living.
Without God in the picture, there is no list of rules or absolutes on how to live life. It is ‘anything goes’ mentality. Everyone is out for their own good, no matter what it takes.
There are many in the church who claim to be Christian, yet never change their way of living. They continue to live as the world lives, in open, purposeful sinful lifestyles, believing that they will still get into heaven because of God’s great love and mercy. Some churches claim that is acceptable to live in sinful lifestyles and still be a believer in Jesus and can expect to get into heaven.
Believers are to be different. They are to be changed by God to a new creation. Paul said that the Corinthians were like the world, but are no longer like that. They are no longer immoral, or thieves, or any other sinful lifestyle that the bible talks against.
Being washed, is being cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus. Being sanctified is being made clean from past sin and made holy to God. Being justified is being made clean as though one had never sinned in the first place. This is all done by the work of Jesus on the cross and the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
As you look at your life, are you holding onto any past sinful lifestyles? Have you allowed God to change you and make you into a new person, clean before God?
As a believer, you must be different from those of the world. You were that way, to not live or act like the world anymore.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will allow God to change you; that you will know the cleansing God has done in you; and that you will live like Jesus.
“Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because the righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11
There were some people in the churches of Galatia that were going back to the Mosaic Law to serve and worship God. They were attempting to show themselves righteous by how well they kept the Law. Paul clearly points out that they are being foolish in doing this. The Law only brought about death. It did not provide for removal of a sin in a person’s life. A believer in Jesus is to believe by faith in the salvation that Jesus is providing.
Although people today do not talk so much about following the Law of Moses, they still attempt to follow the Law. Often it is a person who is trying to make himself right with God. People like to be of value and to accomplish something on their own. They want to be successful.
When people mess up in their walk with God, often they will do things to make it right and try to earn God’s grace and forgiveness. They will give more in the offering, volunteer more in ministries, start reading the Bible more, or something else. All of these things are good, if done to be a service to God and others, but often they are done to look good to God.
No matter how good you are at following the law, at some point you have broken it and only deserve death. You have become of no value at all. You cannot earn life again, the price is too high.
This is where faith steps in. Jesus died for you and rose again to take away your sins. Can you trust Him to take away your sins? Can you trust that He loves you enough to do so? This is where faith comes in.
There is nothing to be earned. The works you do should be done out of gratitude for what Jesus had done for you, not to earn God’s favor. Following Jesus and believing in Him will give you God’s favor.
Don’t rely on what you can or cannot do, rely on what Jesus has done and can do.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus; that you will trust Jesus to make you righteous before God; and that you will live your life by faith in Jesus.