The source of new life and changed behaviour

 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; [i]neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor [j]those who participate in homosexuality,  nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God. And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior]. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

So, washed by Christ: Good. I’m not those things any more. I shouldn’t want to be those things. I am changed through the blessing of receiving the Holy Spirit from when I decided to follow Christ. – Sav Mcfarland

If the body is a house for the Holy Spirit it should only be used for the very best purposes. We should not allow anything or anyone to spoil it or misuse it. We should keep it in good condition. The Christian is to have a certain “pride” in his or her body. It is a sacred house, a dwelling place for God. To glorify God is to acknowledge God, to bring Him honor, to get others to see how glorious He is. – Keith Krell

Paul is offering three different descriptions of the same reality: “you were washed” — implies cleansing from sin; “you were sanctified” — God has claimed them as His own and made them His people; “you were justified” — implies declaration of legal right standing. All of this takes place in the “name of … Christ,” referring to the saving authority of Christ on behalf of the believer and “by the Spirit of our God”. Together, then, the two prepositions refer to what God has done for His people in Christ, which He has effected in them by the Spirit.” – Dan Crabtree

This dethroning of the old nature, this cleansing, this setting apart, places upon the believer the scriptural demand to “mortify the deeds of the body” through the Spirit.

This initial moral change is the first stage in sanctification. In this sense, there is some overlap between regeneration and sanctification, for this moral change is actually a part of regeneration. But when we view it from the standpoint of moral change within us, we can also see it as the first stage in sanctification. Paul looks back on a completed event. Similarly, in Acts 20:32 Paul can refer to Christians as “all those who are sanctified.”The Greek expression is τοι̂ς ἡγιασμένοις, from ἁγιάζω (G39), a substantival perfect passive participle that expresses both a completed past activity (they were sanctified) and a continuing result (they continue to experience the sanctifying influence of that past action). – Wayne Grudem


Your New Power Source – God’s Spirit



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