Genuine or not?

The Contrast between: Believers and Unbelievers

Paul wrote his first letter to the church in Corinth to address some real problems that were happening at the time, from lawsuits against other believers to an affair a man had with his own stepmother. The Church was not addressing the issue but actually applauding it. And when Paul received news from a member of the church named Chloe he wrote in response. Paul makes a very startling and shocking statement.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do 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 offenders10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11 And 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.

Now if we are made righteous by the blood of Christ and are being on an ongoing basis sanctified how could the term “wicked” in verse 9 be talking about us?

Paul was not implying that a born again believer in Christ will lose his or her salvation, or fall out of grace, but rather he was calling the Christians in the church of Corinth to see if they had truly come to the knowledge of Christ to begin with and had been really born again.

It was more of a passionate plea to those in the church to examine their lives and see if indeed they really were Christians. Some us cheap grace” to continue in a sinful life. According to verse 11 many of the believers were saved from evil lifestyles of all sorts, and a real change to place in their hearts and lives. But Paul had his worries about some.

In 2 Corinthians 13:5 he says:
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?

How can we be sure we are truly in Christ?

1 John 2:3-6 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

We know if we have an on going love and desire to obey Christ! If we have the Spirit in us creating a desire to follow God and love others. It’s not perfection but rather where is one’s life truly going . When we obey God he works His love in and through us for Him and others!


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