Unrighteous Will Not Inherit the Kingdom

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

The consistent teaching of the Bible is that God has a standard of right and wrong, defined by His laws, beginning with His 10 Commandments. He hates sin, and sinners cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

Of course, the Bible also shows that we all have sinned (Romans 3:23). Thankfully, God provided a solution to this dilemma. Paul gives the solution in the next verse: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

Jesus Christ’s awesome sacrifice made it possible for us to be washed from our sins and made right with God through repentance and the process of conversion. The law and the definition of righteousness remains, but our past sins can be forgiven when we commit to changing and overcoming sins with God’s help.

For more about this process, see the sections on “Repentance” and “Christian Conversion.”

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