Thought for Thursday

And such were some of you. But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

Those of us brought up in Christian homes and saved in our adolescent years might have a difficult time understanding Paul’s words to the folks in Corinth. Today’s text follows a listing of the disreputable characters who have no claim on the Kingdom of God. Many of us were sheltered from most of that activity, and can’t really relate. But most of the people in the Corinthian Assembly were first-generation believers. They had been recently saved. So when Paul reminded them of what they used to be, they could understand. And they could appreciate what they had been brought into, in terms of a major change in lifestyle. But even those of us who were kept from running to the world’s excess of riot can appreciate what our salvation has brought us into.

We are washed. How wonderful to know that the Blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed us from all sin. This means that we have the responsibility to display to the world that we have been cleansed. We need to display that there is a difference between those washed in the blood of the Lamb and those wallowing in the cesspool of sin.

We are sanctified. This means we have been set apart for the Lord. We are purified vessels that the Lord can use for His purposes. So we ought to keep ourselves separate from the world’s filth, so the Lord can use us whenever He has need.

We are justified. In a world full of people over whom hangs the sword of God’s wrath against sin, there are saints who have been cleared of guilt and freed from condemnation. The joy of such deliverance should mark us as a happy people who rejoice in our salvation. Justification brings joy and peace, so foreign to the world’s unsaved citizens.

There is a difference between those of us who were living in sin, and those who still are. Paul reminds the Corinthians of what they used to be, followed by the word BUT. As we consider what we once were, and reflect on what we have entered into, we ought to be deeply humbled and exceedingly thankful. As the old chorus goes: ‘It’s a grand thing to be saved, and to know it too, and to show it too; it’s a grand thing to be saved.’ -Jim MacIntosh

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