24 September 2020 – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)

24 September 2020 – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)

Scripture

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.

Reflection

At first glance, this passage may seem to suggest that inheriting the kingdom of God is all about not doing bad things – that is, we can go to Heaven as long as we are not a “wrongdoer.” Many people go through life motivated by this view – consciously or not, they think that being a Christian and going to Heaven is something you earn based on bad behavior you avoid. For them, the goal is to not be a thief, drunkard, slanderer, swindler, etc. And as such, many of them, if asked, will likely say, “I’m a good person,” because they have successfully avoided those damning labels.
But the gospel message is not about being a good person. Paul, who wrote the letter to the Corinthians, also wrote in Romans 7 about how the purpose of the law is to reveal our sin, allowing us to humbly go to the cross to receive God’s forgiveness through Jesus. Outside of God’s grace through Christ, we are all wrongdoers. You may not be a thief, but sin is still in your heart and may manifest in the form of idolatry, selfish ambition, greed, rage, or simply pride. And those are not “lesser sins.” Indeed, the law shows us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but through the love of God and the grace enacted through Christ’s death on the cross, we can be reconciled to God and indeed inherit His kingdom.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Jesus, You still know the suffering and joy of Your people. Jesus, you know. Please let the displaced people of the world know that they are known. And help us to be known, to know You, and to know our brothers and sisters in this world.

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Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.