Share of the blessings
"Don't you know that evil people won't have a share in the blessings of God's kingdom? Don't fool yourselves?
! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual will share in God's kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others."
Okay this makes me want to ask then who will share in the blessings. If God hates all sin, and does not differentiate between one sin and the next, then how is this text relevant? It's a really scary passage because I think if we are honest, we can look at ourselves and see us in something mentioned here. We may not bow to a statue, but today's idols can be our own two hands, our money, our children, our house - anything that we put above God. I had never thought I was a greedy person, but I struggle with it and with pride. All sins and of course some of them mentioned here. But you say wait I am washed by the blood of Jesus how can this be? What is Paul saying? Since Paul is talking to the church at Corinth, and we know from previous chapters that they have a problem with allowing immorality in their midst, and being proud, I feel like Paul is saying that we don't act like the rest of the world. When Jesus washes us, we don't wallow in the sins like before. The way we live SHOULD set us apart from others. If we are calling ourselves Christian or followers of Jesus, then our behavior should reflect that we belong to him. It's not that we don't sin, or will never sin again, but willful sinning is a different matter. When you know that Jesus blood covers you and you CHOOSE to sin because you know you are covered. I like to think of it as driving the nails in harder into the hands and feet of Jesus. That is intentionally mocking the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. IF we are true followers, our sin should pain us as much as it does the Father. If it doesn't bother you, then it's time for a little knee mail.
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