Kingdom of God

I have often heard preachings that warned Christians that they would not be able to “inherit the kingdom of God” (ie . go to Heaven) if they are still living a sinful lifestyle.

Usually they will quote the following: (1 Cor 6: 9-10)

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Very well. Paul had made it very clear that all these people mentioned above would not make it to Heaven. But that is where people usually stop reading.

If we had bothered to read further, we would find this: (1 Cor 6: 11-12) 

11And 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.

Noticed the word “were” which is past tense, and the word “but” which negates whatever is written in the previous line. Meaning some of the Corinthians were once committing all the above sins and therefore unable to inherit, but there was a change in circumstances after the “but” by which they were NOW (at the point of the letter) all “washed”, “sanctified” and “justified”.*

So Paul also made it very clear that those who “would not inherit the kingdom of God” are referring only to those who have not yet believed in Jesus, and not Christians who have already believed!!!

So why are some of us still persist in telling Christians things that no longer apply to them??

Jesus welcome those who believes!!


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