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When God Changes You

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1 Corinthians 6:9-11

In through eleven versus I read lastweek and we'll focus a little more on this week, First Corinthians chaptersix versus nine through eleven here, the Apostle the Lord Jesus Christwrites to the Corinthians and also by the will of God. He also writes to ushe intends for us to hear and to treasure these words. So let's hearthem now with ears of faith. Or do you not know that the unrighteouswill not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither thesexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers, nor men who practisehomosexuality, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor revilers, moreswindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God and such were some of you. But you were washed. You weresanctified. You were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and bythe spirit of our God, praise God, a man you may be seated a postle Paul by the Holy Spirit of God, speaks to usthis morning about inheritance in particularly talks about who or whogets to do the inheriting and what has happened to us that we might inherit.But let's talk a little bit just first about what we inherit. You know,hopefully what it means to inherit for those who are littler among us.Imagine this imagine that you have a very old grandfather who has acollection of ten thousand spoons a lot of spoons right. I know maybe too manyspoons, but he has this collection, ten thousand spoons, and he only he sayswhen I die. I want all my spoons to be divided equally among my ten childrenand grandchildren. Will that would mean that your inheritance from yourgrandfather would be a thousand spoons you and all the other grandchildren andchildren would get a thousand spoons now I wouldn't because I'm not hisgrandchild, I'm not his child, but you would receive that now. That wouldn'tbe a really big deal to me, because I don't want a thousand spoons, butperhaps it would be if you told me that...

...each spoon could easily sell for athousand dollars. If you told me that this collection of a thousand spoonswas actually worth a million bucks. Well, maybe now I'm a little bitinterested in Grandpa Spoon Collection. All of a sudden, its inheritance, nowthat I know how valuable it is becomes important to me, but, as you know, as Nice, as a millionbucks might sound, there's no guarantee that any amount of money can bring ushappiness. We know this from experience, and we know this from the scriptures all the things that you can buy withthat money, whether it's more than that amount or less than that amount. Jesustells us it can get lost, it can get stolen. It can get destroyed. Our passage in First Corinthian, sixtalks about a different kind of inheritance. An inheritance that cannever be lost can never be destroyed and can never bestolen. Also, it's an inheritance that is ofinestimable value. It is impossible to calculate how valuable this inheritanceis, because it's not just money orabundance of material possessions. It is that in the Kingdom of God that wehave inherent, we inherit everything you could possibly ever need or want, but it's more than that. The inheritance that we receive in theKingdom of God is a place new heavens and a new earth, and thatplace is a place not just with abundance. But it's a place describedin the scriptures as a place of great beauty as a place of great safety or perfectsafety of protection of joy of communion andfellowship both with the fellow citizens and family members of thatkingdom, and with the ruler and head of that kingdom itself, our God, ourTriune God. If you want an earthly picture of the Kingdom of God, youcould think of the garden of Eden Writ this beautiful abundant, a place, anfilled with the presence of God, where a man and woman dwell together inharmony with one another and with God and the animals, and all of that, for you could think of the Kingdom ofIsrael as it was called to be, as it was promised to be blessed if thepeople obeyed again a place of beauty and community of joy and love andabundance of safety and protection. These the scriptures tell us were, infact, earthly pictures. Little shadowy sketches of what the Kingdom of Godthat we are looking forward to, I would...

...indeed be, but, as we know, both Eden and Israelnever really grew up into that perfect kingdom ofGod, because of sin, Adam and Eve were castout of Eden, write an angel of the Lord Barring, the way, keeping them from thetree of life, keeping them from that place of joy andabundance and instead putting them under God's righteous judgment. He saidif you eat, if you disobey this command, you will surely die and they were separated from the treeof life and they were a put under a state of sin or a state of misery andthe curse of death. Similarly, in Israel, they failed to bring about theblessings that were promised through their obedience, naturally, so becausethey were people that were now broke and people that were held in their sin,the Kingdom of God, was never able to become that great thing. There were times right under Davidunder salmon, where it looks really good where there was a lot of abundanceand people came from far away places to marvel at it. But, as we know, even from thosebeginning accounts of those of the reign of David and Solomon, it wasn't always good. There was a lot of blood shed and andpolitical intrigue and usurpations of the throne and all kinds of varioustrials. The Kingdom of God, however, that Paulis talking about in First Corinthians, the kingdom that these former thingspointed forward to, but never realized because of sin. He is talking now aboutinheriting that perfect kingdom and sinners, inheriting it not unrighteous sinners people who arestill in their sin, but people who will wants these things, but now I've beenwashed and justified and sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by thespirit and now have that inheritance. The question then, before us, is thisglorious Kingdom of God that thing to which there are so many so many false, starts and copy cats inthis world that wonderful glorious kingdom who will inherit it who can belong in it? How can we bethere or more particularly? Why will the Christians in the Corinthian Church,some of whom were really rotty people? Why will they inherit that kingdom read verse, nine and ten again with me pulses, or do you not know that theunrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God...

...need do not be deceived, neither thesexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers, nor many practice.Homosexuality, nor thieves nor greedy, nor drunkards nor revilers norswindlers, will inherit the Kingdom of God. The CORINTHIAN church was it's full of these people. The CORINTHIAN church had people whowere adulterous people who were greedy people who werehomosexuals, people who were idolaters people who were swindlers people whowere thieves, and these people were now said toinherit the Kingdom of God. Such were some of you, but then something changed. Something happened, something in which the Corinthiansshould be able to see yeah. I see myself in that description and I'm notthat any more. Why is it that these people is Paul, describes them here andthere are other lists in the New Testament that are similar. Someinclude other things. Why is it that these people can'tinherit the Kingdom of God? Why is it that this, the glorious, whollybeautiful joyful Kingdom of God, is barred to people like this Paul says? Don't you know that the on rites willnot inherit the Kingdom of God? Why is it that they know that? Well, anyone who has ever sinned senses,just as we all know it's because holy things and unholythings don't go together. Imagine you had a glass of milk, delicious,wonderful, cold milk and then someone came along and poured just a little bitof rotten milk into it, just just a little bit right. Would you say thatyour milk is good anymore? Do d? You say that you would. Would you drinkyour milk or we just say? Well now I can't drink this. That's what I would say it saying now.I can't drink this. This is bad milk. It has been. It has been ruined by corruption. Similarly, you don't put sinful peoplein a sinless place. You'll, take a perfect beautiful, glorious HolyKingdom of God and then put a bunch of immoral people into it. It's not aplace of lawlessness, it's a place of righteousness of love and holiness asHebrews twelve fourteen reminds us without holiness. No one will see theLord, and just as we know, heaven won't receive. People like this...

...hell is what they deserve. Sin Doesn't just bar us from heaven. Itsends us from Hell. The Sin of Adam and E, for example, didn't just keep themfrom the tree of life. It put them into an estate of of sin and misery of Wrathand curse. That's what they deserved. If you eat of this tree, you willsurely die, there are penalties, there are consequences for our disobedienceor, as Paul puts it in economic terms. He says the wages of sin is death.That's what you learn for your sinning. You don't earn reward. You don't hearyou you sin in some great and terrible way, or even in some small and what youmight consider in minor way and then get a reward of heaven. Itdoesn't work like that. You cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. You cannothave a rightful place as a citizen as a part of that family, as a son of God,and receive that inheritance of somebody who is sexually immoral, someone who is a thief of someone whopractices. Homosexuality is someone who is greedy or a drunkard or a reviler,and so on. Unrighteous people do not inherit arighteous kingdom ruled by a righteous God. So that's the first thing that they'resupposed to remember this. Do you not know this obvious truth? Of course theyknow it. It's a rhetorical question, but then Paul says this wonderful thing. He says, and suchwere some of you. You used to be characterized by this.This is how people would describe you. This is how you would describe yourself,but no longer a great change has happened in your life right. We have minor changes like thisto happen on our lives. You know I might say once I was a public school teacher right once I owned this kind of car or had this kindof dog or something like that. But something has changed right. Somethingabout me has changed something about my way of life. You were formally known asa thief and a drunkard or what not and now you're not. Let me deal with one quick question:Why only some of them right, perhaps you're thinking well, aren't all of uscondemned under the law. Why weren't all of these people under this? Whydoes Paul say and such were some of you? I think, there's a possible a fewpossible good reasons for this. One is Paul, does not intend to be exhaustivein this list. Just because your particular sin might not be listed heredoesn't mean that you get to inherit the Kingdom of God. Perhaps such weresome of you and we could describe other...

...things for others of you. So that's onepossible answer here: Paul's list is not exhaustive. Of all the things whichborrow us from the Kingdom is point is not to condemn every person under thelaw. As he does elsewhere and as we are, but his point here is to talk about thehuge change that happens in people's lives and he makes that point anotherpossibility is that perhaps not all of the believers here were characterizedby this, and this is a great grace of God, some of them, perhaps, as some ofyou have grown up under the Lord's graceand protection, that your life has never been characterized by one ofthese things, not that you've never done these things or that you wouldn'tbe guilty in some way, but that this is not your way of life,but this was, you could not say yeah. I was this. Perhaps there are some thingsin this list. You can really identify with and say yeah. That was definitelyme totally guilty. That was me and then other things you'd say not me right soagain, Paul's not trying to be exhaustive in this list, and Paul perhaps has in his mind that there arepeople that the Lord o raises up even from their youth. That are nevercharacterized by these things to the praise of his glorious grace, and wealso have to remember that perhaps some people in the church who were hearingthese things were still characterized by these things. Perhaps some of thosein the Corinthian church had under undergone that change, but then othershad not yet that there were people there sitting and listening to him andthe word preach who were still cad, who could still be classified under thesethings? Perhaps there are some of you to dayWHO, in hearing this list, know that there has not been a change in yourlife. You know that you are still one of these things, one of them ormultiples of them jump out at you, and you say I still have a problem and Idon't have an inheritance to the Kingdom of God, and so we will think about how we mightrespond to that, but notice. Paul's particular point here he's sayingnotice, though, that some of you here have gone through a great change now. Why does he mention this before we talk about the change thathappens? Paul mentions this, as we've beenseeing because the printhead had something of a pride problem: They weren't boasters. They were peoplewho thought very much of themselves, and here they were in the new churchand they were happy for the things that were going on and they were boasting inPaul or a police and various others, and they had become part of the societyin this new community and unfortunately,...

...many of them instead of seeing thedistinctiveness of the church and the way is the new ways in which theKingdom of God operated different from the world. Instead, they were bringing all thoseworldly things into this life and they were priding themselves on them pridingthemselves to be there, but the no room for pride here Paul says: Yes, you have inherited theKingdom of God. Nothing better could happen to a person. Nothing that youcould imagine would be better than this, but remember how you got here. You are these things and you were washed and sanctified andjustified. That's how you're here you're, not here because of your ownstrength, you're, not here, because you're super eloquent you're, not here,because you're super rich you're, not here, because you have a bunch of fancyfriends, you are here and you remain here only because of the grace of God. Such were some of you, let's just takea moment and remember that, as you deal with your relationships with otherpeople, as you think about being boastful as you think, about puttingother people down, as you think about ignoring newcomers and visitors, as youthink about keeping things for yourself and not willing to be hurt or defraudedor those things that we've considered before just take a moment and remember whereyou came from Christian McArthur is preaching hererecently about the prodigal son. You know this is like saying to theprodigal son you who imagine. Let's continue the story and imagine that hecame into the father's house and then he starts boasting to all the guestsabout well yeah. I am a pretty awesome guy. The father goes on is. Let me justremind you for a moment that moments before you were in a pink pin eatingpig food. This is who you are. This is who youwere rather enjoy the party my son, be here, enjoy these things, but remember how you got here through the love of God and the Work ofGod. Don't post don't be proud, but instead give all Clare all praise andhonor to him, and so those of you who perhaps aren't changed Paul, says tothe Corinthians implicitly and the word the Holy Spirit says to you to day aswell. Here is promise here is hope for those of you who feel like you arestill entrapped and bound by your sins. Those of you who are stillcharacterized by these habitual things going on in your life know that thereis freedom for you, a change in life, a new way...

...and that's what Paul describes next andthat's what we'll finish with what happened to these people. What isthe equivalent of that father pulling up his his clothes and running to hisson out of love for him and receiving him into his household? Well, here it's described inindifferent terms, Paul says, and such were some of you,but you were washed, you were sanctified.You were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the spirit ofGod. It's look at the first word. The wordyou were washed on this could perhaps be translated alittle better because it doesn't just describewashing, but it describes the washing away of something which is kind of thesame thing, but Paul uses a particular word here that has that me that has thefocus of putting things away of not just getting in water but taking thingsaway by by means of that water. The second thing that is interestingabout this word is it's not entirely passive in the way that the followingwords come so, but I mean is this that you notice this parallel in verse?Eleven you were washed were sanctified were justified in the Greek. It's alittle different washed is different than sanctified and justified wash has what's called a the middlevoice, which usually focuses on the activity or the interest of the personinvolved. So it's not entirely passive. There's this sense in which he's likesaying you went and got baptized. It would be something similar to this. Youwent and watched yourselves or you went and watched so that you could bechanged so that you could be cleansed. The focus is not so much on someoneelse doing it, but one's personal interest in it, and you can imagine whyPaul would say this. He said a change happened. You were involved in us. Thisis similar to the way at two thousand and won. Six team speaks we read and now why do you wait rise,be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name make the change. Take the action don'tstay in this place any longer, that's the call and act twenty two and that'sthe t, the way that the Corinthians responded and Paul's calling attentionto that you wash away your sins you're. No longer this former thing so as Paul reminds them of what hashappened in this cleansing that they've undergone. He also reminds them of whatundergirds that why that happened, how that happened,and here we get into the more what is...

...called a passive tense of these verbs. He says you were sanctified and youwere justified. Yes, they might have gone and gottenwashed. Yes, they might have gone and gotten baptized and these things werewere removed. But how did that happen? It happened because of the work of Godin them. The first word sanctified. It refers to being made holy in Ephesians chapter five. Let's turnthere actually and read what with Paul Rights there in Ephesians chapter five verse, TwentyFive, we read Christ loved the Church andgave himself up for her that he might sanctify her having cleansed her by thewashing of water with the word so that he might present the church to himselfin splendor without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing that she might be whollyand without blemish e. What he saying, then, as you are,who you are because of what Christ is done, this washing that you have have haveinterest in this washing that you have have gone through. That was because of what Christ hasdone for you. Indeed, he washed you M, he purified you, he sanctified you. Hemade you holy in the Old Testament. The priests werecalled not only to offer pure and holy sacrifices, but be pure themselves. Similarly, God, when he changes ourhearts, when he washes US and makes us clean, he not only wants us to producethe works of holiness but produce them from a holy place. Well, how does that happen? It happensbecause of what Christ has done for us. There's this amazing thing that happensin our being holy, fied or sanctified are being set apart from God. He takes sinners who are condemned todeath, who are under the curse of God, and he says now you're mine. Now you belong to me now. You are setapart for a different purpose and to a different end, any God does that in some differentways, and he focuses on two specific things here. He says at the end of this verse andthis you were sanctified and we'll get to justification. In a moment he saysyou were sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the HolySpirit of our God. As one of the church fathers says,these are the two hands by which the...

...father works to be just or to be sanctified. In thename of the Lord Jesus, Christ means that, because of the work of Christ onthe cross because of his blood sprinkled on us,we now have a new state, a sate that we might call sanctification to say astate that we might call holiness Paul addresses the church. He addressesUS sometimes as Saints Holy People. This doesn't mean that we are entirelyperfected, but it means that God sees us in a new way. He doesn't see us as unrighteous unholypeople. He sees us as new creatures, people who have been washed people whohave been made new, who are using the image from Ephesians, five cleansed andpure and spotless. This happens because of the work ofJesus Christ on the Cross, but this relationship that we have withJesus is not just a long distance relationship, because our Lord and Saviour sends hisHoly Spirit to do in our hearts what he did on theCross to personally apply in our own livesand in our own persons, body and soul, the work of Jesus Christ, so he we are cleansed by the blood of Christ on the cross, which happened two thousand years ago and then here in your life, some timeover the last swimming. All of you are less than a hundred years old sometimein the last hundred years. The Holy Spirit applied that work of Christ toyour life. He applied that holiness in such a waythat he changed your heart. He gave you in your life during your life span,somewhere a new heart, a new life, a new principle out ofwhich holy things come now. We all know that the flash remainsin US. There is still corruption, but guess who's in you as well, the HolySpirit of God working and applying that redemption in your lives. Changingthings out, bringing things out in such a way that your works, your holy worksthat you do will be presented before God and you will be amazed at what theylook like, because all the draws and all the filthand all the garbage that's currently attached to them will be removed and what God has produced in you, whichis good, will be shown before him, and you willbe amazed. I produced that that work came from me. Yes, it didbecause of the work of the Holy Spirit...

...in you, Hol ifing, you sanctifying youproducing good works to works that are acceptable and pleasing to God. God is at work in you and through youproducing a creature of his own workmanship that he is proud of. He does that, through the work of JesusChrist, on the Cross objectively, accomplished in time and space and thenapplied in your own lives and your own hearts by the spirit of our God. This is really amazing. Sometimes we wonder as reformed Christians. Whatdo I have to do with the spirit of God? Here's one of those things as he works in you. As he changes you,we have communion with him and one of the things that we do as a result ofthat as we worship him, we give praise and honour and glory to the spirit, to God, the spirit and to God, the son and also to God,the father are Triune God who is at work in us that which is pleasing to asight he makes us holy. He also justifies us. This is amazing. He takesunrighteous people who are barred from heaven and he gives to them his ownrighteousness. If I could go back to the hymn we sang earlier, the first five says this now. Myconscience is at peace. Why? Why would anybody's conscience beat peace, especially people who could be, who were formerly described as sexuallya moral idolators, thieves and so on? How can a person who has done thosethings or things like them? How can their conscience be at is the hymncontinues now my conscience is at peace from the law. I stand acquitted again. How could that be? How could a person so guilty of thosethings stand acquitted? The hymn continues. Christ haspurchased my release and every sin remitted were forgiven. Not Nothing remains my soul to grave Jesus sinners doth receive if you have, let's say an unpaid ticket and someone pays the ticket. The government can't come to you andsay you need to pay us the ticket. Why it's been paid? You can't paysomething. That's already been paid. I it's a similar way. The law can't bebrought against us, because the law and...

...all of its demands has been fulfilled.CALOTINS describes it as being nailed the cross right all of the things thatGod demanded. All of the sins which you have committed have been nailed to thecross. God isn't, when God considers your sins,he doesn't stand there and say: Hmm, I don't know he says I know and they're right overthere paid for completely. So then thequestion the hymn brings up or points out, as I have nothing to grieve about nothing. My sins have been forgiven. My soul isat rest now. Why does that happen? Because Christ has forgiven them on thecross and because the spirit confirms that in our hearts and so because of that, because Jesussinners doth receive we are saved because Jesus dies on a cross toforgive us our sins, because the Holy Spirit applies that work in our lives.We are saved, we can say YEP. That was me and not any more. Not only have Ibeen justified, not only have I been sanctified, butthis new principle of life has been brought about in me by thevery work of God in such that these things, which habitually used tocharacterize me, that's no longer true. Now I have a principle of grace that isin me a principle of life and godliness. Instead of constantly desiring andrunning after these things, which only led me to destruction. Now I love thethings of the Lord. Of course. This isn't perfect in ourlives and won''t, be until the end, but guess who is doing that work in you, the holy spirit of god, guess who issanctifying you and guess who has accomplished all of these thingsperfectly for you, so that you know they will be completed. Of course jesus himself because of what god has done through the sun and through the spirit. We can look back at our lives and wecan say once i was lost, but now i am found once i was blind, but now i see once i was enslaved, but now i havefreedom and on and on and on i, as a son as a daughter am a rightfulheir because of the work of jesus christ by the power o holy spirit, inheritorand heir of the kingdom of god.

So as we look around us and enjoy thebenefits of this party, and the benefits of this rejoicing is thebenefits of this family of the benefits of this kingdom brother sisters, let'snot be proud, let's not be boastful people inourselves. Let's not push each other out of the way elbow one another on theway to the kingdom. Instead, let's hold hands, come arm in arm and call out to those who do not yetknow the word, and if you do not know that, no do notyet know the lord receive him as he has offered you inthe gospel. Let's pray, our heavenly father, we pray to you and we askedthat you would continue to impress the.

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