Summary: To establish that all unrighteousness shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
1. The Unrighteous Shall Not Inherit
2. The Unrighteous Sins Not Imputed
3. The Righteous Saints Shall Inherit
1. In our lesson today we are going to be discussing the theme “they shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” The Apostle Paul directs his attention to the unrighteousness that was wide spread in the church at Corinth. He states in no uncertain terms such unrighteousness should not be a part of the church; and shall not have inheritance in the Kingdom of God – heaven.
2. First, the apostle states: “the unrighteous mention in this letter shall not be part of the kingdom of God." The sins Paul outlined are listed in three major areas: 1) sexual, i.e., fornication, adultery, effeminates and abusers of themselves with mankind; 2) social, i.e., thieves, revilers, extortions, and covetousness; and 3) spiritual, i.e., idolaters, spiritual fornicators or adulterers.
3. Next, he says: “their iniquities and sins have not been imputed” to their account. Paul says: “they are washed, they are sanctified, and they are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” In these phrases Paul was describing their redemption and reconciliation by the life and work of Christ. They responded to the grace of God and the gospel of Christ. He describes them also as being “new creatures, with old things are passed away, and all things are new.” He speaks here of regeneration and recreation – this was accomplished at their conversion to Christ.
4. Lastly, he affirms: “only the righteous saints shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul affirms all who have been “washed, sanctified and justified” shall have entrance first into the church of Christ now; and later into the heavenly kingdom of God. This warning and promise are directed to us in our walk in Christ. All of our sins have been “washed away”; we have been “justified and sanctified” in Christ Jesus by our obedience to the gospel of Christ. Paul states all the sin mentioned in these verses were forgiven when they became new creatures. Trusting God and believing this to be so – what is left behind and require our attention? Peter admonishes us to “add to our faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.” If we do this we can be confident that we shall have an “abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
BODY OF LESSON
I THE UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT INHERIT
A. The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. The unrighteous -- translated, "doers of wrong": referring to 1 Corinthians 6:8, 9-10 (compared to Galatians 5:19-21). Shall not inherit the kingdom of God--which is “the kingdom of righteousness; the kingdom of Christ and of God,” (Romans 14:17; Ephesians 5:5).
B. These are the unfruitful works of darkness and shameful as described in Ephesians 5:11-12. These are similar to the sins mentioned to the Galatians, “now the works of the flesh…are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanliness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, etc.,” Ephesians 5:3-4; Galatians 5:19-21.