1Cor. 6:9-11 Things God expects us to know Part 2



A)  When a jeweler wants to show the brilliance of a diamond

          he will place that diamond on a black velvet background

          1)  The blackness of the background is contrasted by the

                    brightness of the Diamond!


B) Paul often did the same things in his writings - He would contrast the blackness of our sin w/ the Brilliance of God’s grace!


C) Such a place is Eph. Ch. 2 Paul writes

2:1  And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

3  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.     ( THERE IS OUR DARKNESS )


4  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.



Note the description : We were dead - meandering about trying to fulfill our lust & evil desires of the flesh and mind !!

A) BUT GOD !!!!!


B) Another such passage is the one we are looking at tonight 1Cor.6:9-11

9  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,

10  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

11  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.


Here Paul gives a pretty pointed description of what we once were and what we are becoming in the Lord.


A) We were Unrighteous - and on our way to Hell !

1)  The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God !


B) Then Paul mentions several Characteristics of the unrighteous and

    although this is not an exhaustive list -

1)  but those sins represent all the major types of moral sin, the types of

     sin that have always characterized ungodly societies


Paul gives a similar list in Gal. 5 :19-25 Works of the flesh -turn

19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


C) Lets briefly look at this list


1st Fornicators has to do with sexual immorality in general

A) The Word fornication in the Greek is   porneia, from which is derived the

    English pornography.


B) The term has a broad meaning, referring to all illicit sexual activity-especially, but not limited to, adultery,

1)  In fact the word that Paul uses here is pornos which describes a man  who indulges in  immorality     (KJV, "whoremonger") 


C) Fornication is also  used to describe sex between 2 people who are not married - no matter how much they love each other

1)  How committed they are to each other / or if they are planning on getting married - God’s eyes it is Sexual immorality-  condemns


D)  The sin is characteristic of our own western society today.

1)  It is portrayed and exalted in books, magazines, movies, and television as the norm of human living.  THE RESULT


A recent survey in Mademoiselle, titled "Generation Sex," where they surveyed "2,400 18 and 30,  found that Half of the respondents had had six or more sexual partners; only six percent had never had sex; only 144 and more than half the men couldn't remember the first and last names of everyone they'd had sex with. Forty-eight percent of the men and 36 percent of the women said they had sex outside of a relationship that was supposed to be monogamous.


A few yrs. ago ABC's Primetime Live, did a feature on sexually active teenage girls

A) Findings were very disturbing

Sawyer cited statistics that by the end of the ninth grade 33% of American girls have had sexual intercourse and 70% by the end of high school. She supported this contention with interviews of several sexually active teenage girls, some as young as the eighth grade and claiming as many as 10 different partners



2nd Idolaters: Now when we hear that word we immediately picture people  bowing down to images.

A) Now we really don’t see much of that in our country - but the word idolatry also  refers to those who worship any false gods and or false religious systems,


B) Our society has never been so engulfed by and enamored w/  false religions and cults as in our day.

1)  So many different religions - People worship - the Planet - people worship - technology - people worship - money .


C) People worship People -  Church in Portland OR. Worshippers of Curt Kobain - singer of Nirvana who killed Himself!


D) An idol is really anything that is your number one passion and pursuit above God !

1)  Some people worship their Possessions - always  working on their car

    washing waxing / homes / toys


E) Some worship their bodies - Idolatry has many forms


3rd Adulterers refers specifically to married persons who indulge in sexual acts outside the marriage partnership.

A) Because marriage is sacred, that is a sin that is especially heinous in God’s sight. In fact in The Old Testament required the death penalty for it.


B) In addition to corrupting the participants themselves it also corrupts the family.

1)  It defiles the unique, God–established relationship between husband and wife - destroys the lives of Children !



4th homosexuals, nor sodomites, both refer to those who exchange and corrupt normal male–female sexual roles and relations.

A) Transvestites /  sex change, and other gender perversions are included.


B) God’s unique creation, those created in His own image, were created “male and female” (Gen. 1:27),

1)  and the Lord strictly forbids the two roles to be blurred, much less



C) Homosexuality is condemned throughout Scripture. It was so characteristic of Sodom that the term sodomy is a synonym for that sin.

1)  Part of the reason the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed was because of their indulgence in this sin!


D) Now in our day - People try to ignore that portion of scripture & others that clearly reveal that men & women choose this lifestyle.

1)  Instead they say - no they are born w/ these tendencies


E) One powerful passage that refutes that believe is Rom. 1 26  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error;


In  Paul’s day homosexuality had been rampant in Greece and Rome for centuries. reports that Socrates was a homosexual and Plato probably was.

A) Plato’s Sym/ posium on Love is a treatise glorifying homosexuality.


B) It is likely that fourteen of the first fifteen Roman emperors were homosexuals.

1)  Not a new thing - God’s views on it have not Changed !


Well How you doing so far - any of these a description of who you used to be - ( Actually all of us nailed by idolatry ) CONTINUE


5TH Thieves and covetous relate to the same basic sin of greed.

A) The covetous person desires that which belongs to others;

        the thief actually takes it.

B) Greed is a manifestation of selfishness and, like all selfishness, is never satisfied. The greedy demand more and more.


6th Drunkards is self–explanatory. Today alcoholism is spreading even to the elementary ages.

A) Preteen and young teen alcoholics are becoming more and more common,

      Of all alcoholics, 28% are under 18.


7th Revilers are those who destroy with their tongues & wound with words. God does not consider their sin to be mild,

A) because it comes from hearts full of hate and causes misery, pain, and

     despair in the lives of those it attacks.


8th Extortioners or Swindlers are thieves who steal indirectly. They take unfair advantage of others to promote their own financial gain.



This is a pretty incredible list that - really nails all of us in this room

Now when you add to this list the ones mentioned in Gal. 5 it gets even more interesting - let’s turn there !   Gal. 5 :19

19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Impurity & Sensuality both have to do w/ sexual sin but also refer to

any excess or lack of restraint especially  sexual excess.


A) It is unrestrained sexual indulgence,   It refers to uninhibited sexual indulgence without shame and without concern for what others think or how they may be affected (or infected).

B) See story about the guy w/ aids who has infected several women - taken to court - actually went to jail - now has to get “partners” sign a release form



Another one mentioned here is Sorcery translates from which we get pharmacy and pharmaceutical.

A) It was originally used of medicines in general but came to be used primarily of mood-and mind-altering drugs similar to those that create so much havoc in our own day.


B) Many ancient religious ceremonies involved occultic practices in which drugs were used to induce supposed communication with deities,

1)  and thereby came to be closely related to witchcraft and magic.


C) Aristotle and other ancient Greek writers used the word as a synonym for witchcraft and black magic,

1)  because drugs were so commonly used in their practice.


Now this next group is really interesting hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions,


A) if we had any hope of standing on our own - it is shattered after reading this group -


B) REALIZE God’s word is true - all have sinned and fallen short !





So there is our black background - Now let's see the Diamond - back to Cor


11  And such were some of you  OUCH PAUL DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO HONEST


 But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.


Take in order of occurrence !!!


Justified speaks of new standing before God. New Position

A) In Christ we are clothed in His righteousness and God now sees in us His Son’s righteousness instead of our sin.


B) Christ’s righteousness is credited to our account !!


Washed speaks of new life, of regeneration.

A) Regeneration is God’s work of re–creation. “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17


Many years ago in St. Louis, a lawyer visited a Christian to transact some business.  Before the two parted, his client said to him, "I've often wanted to ask you a question, but I've been afraid to do so."

   "What do you want to know?" asked the lawyer.


The man replied, "I've wondered why you're not a Christian."

The lawyer hung his head.  "I know enough about the Bible to realize that it says no drunkard can enter the kingdom of God; & you know my weakness!"


 "You're avoiding my question," continued the believer.

   "Well, truthfully, I can't recall anyone every explaining how to become a Christian."


Picked up His Bible & shared the gospel - redemption that is in Christ - asked him if he wanted to pray!

   The lawyer agreed, "O Jesus, I am a slave to drink.  One of Your servants has shown me how to be saved.  O God, forgive my sins and help me overcome the power of this terrible habit in my life."


Who was that Lawyer? How many of you have a Scofield Bible?

That lawyer was C.I. Scofield, who later edited the reference


 So Justified speaks of a new standing /  Washed speaks of a new life


Sanctified speaks of new behavior.

A) To be sanctified is to be made holy inwardly and to be able, in the Spirit’s power, to live a righteous life outwardly.


B) Before a person is saved he has no holy nature and no capacity for holy living.

1)  But in Christ we are given a new nature and can live out the new kind

     of life.


In a 3rd-century debate on Christianity, Celsus said to Origen, "When most teachers go forth to teach, they cry, 'Come to me, you who are clean and worthy,' and they are followed by the highest caliber of people available. 


But your silly master cries, 'Come to me, you who are down and beaten by life,' and so he accumulates around him the rag, tag & lowlifes  of humanity."


 And Origen replied:  "Yes, they are the rag, tag & low lifes  of humanity.  But Jesus does not leave them that way.  Out of material you would have thrown away as useless, he fashions men, enabling them to stand on their feet and look God in the eyes.  They who were black, bound & broken the Son has set them free. And made them New “ 


A transformed life should produce transformed living

We were unrighteous and now we have been made righteous by Jesus Christ - 



Prov.4:18  But the path of the righteous is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.


A) Guys we are like the moon - no light in & of ourselves the light that we have is merely a reflection of the sun.


B) The closer we get to the Lord the brighter our glow gets


C) By contrast the way of the unrighteous gets darker & darker