1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
When I read this passage this morning, another came to mind:
Romans 7:14 “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.”
“…sold under sin.”
The soul of man is a precious thing to God. Its price worth far more than gold, silver, and precious stones. God knew; long before we ever came to hear John tell us:
1 John 2:15-16 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Some of us made choices that placed us in the shackles of sin. Others were exposed long before we had the opportunity ever to know what was right or wrong. All who fall under the power of sin find that it is a cruel taskmaster and its tentacles can wrap and squeeze so very tightly around our life that we feel as if we will suffocate.
Many who have subjected themselves to addictive behavior find that the habit into which they immerse themselves becomes a dark vortex that, quite literally, drains them of their life force.
All of us have felt the tug of sin upon our soul.
Paul expounded on that struggle in Romans chapter 7.
Romans 7:18-20 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
In the throes of my own addiction, I felt that there was no way to break free of that which held me. Small successes only gave false confidence to think I was in control; only to return and be pulled deeper. Again – Sin is a cruel taskmaster.
“Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go; keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay.” – R. Zaccharias
Knowing our Bible and becoming subject to the whole counsel of God means that I do not have to stop at the punishment and penalty of sin. Satan uses trickery by not telling us the entire truth. He will accuse us of those things we so wrongly choose; but, we are blinded to the fact that my sins – though hideous, vile and hurtful to God; have all been forgiven and placed under the blood:
- Removed as far as the east is from the west – Psalms 103:12
- Put behind God’s back – Isaiah 38:17
- Placed them in the deepest sea – Micah 7:19
- Remembers them no more – Jeremiah 31:34
When we, as children of God, fully grasp the whole of forgiveness that we have received; we find that there is great freedom in knowing that I can never lose the relationship I have with my Heavenly Father, but, my actions and attitude affect the closeness of that relationship.
So, in our passage today, the very next verse ought to cause us to shout:
1 Corinthians 6:11 “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.”
For many of us, that transformation was so marked and different, others took notice and wondered just what had happened. Those who saw us were familiar with the ‘old man’ we used to be. But now, there’s been a great change since I’ve been born again!
Our enemy, the devil, will watch us see when we are at our weakest. It is then he launches an attack for our soul. It is then we sell ourselves cheaply to whatever it is our soul is lusting after. We do not see the chains. We do not know the devastation, division, and destruction that will follow.
We sell cheaply that for which Christ gave His very life!
God has gone to great lengths to prepare for us a way out of the predicament that our sinful choices place us. Once we are untangled, and unravel the bonds that hold us fast; we must clearly see the place God has for us – the center of His will.
It is there we can experience protection, provision, power, and promise.
Paul admonished the church at Galatia:
Galatians 4:9 “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
It is just as much for us today as it was for them back then.
Look ahead to the worst case scenario and think if what you are about to embark upon is worth the cost and price you will pay?
Remember: Our testimony is priceless.