“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. 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.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV)
We all can admit there is a whole lot of the above mentioned sins going on in our world. Maybe, if you cannot admit it, it is because of your guilt in those matters of sin. Paul the apostle says none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. That really includes the whole human race. So I am guilty. You are guilty.
We all need to know that no unrighteous person can enter the presence of holy God. None of us on our own merit can enter.
I love the apostle’s words, “… And such were some of you…” Don’t you just love that word “were“? It is in the past tense and means that they are no more.
O people, we humans can be so vile, and sometimes show such contradiction of goodness at the same time out of the same life, and heart. God is consistent in His mercy, love, and grace. He will not tolerate sin. He loves us so much that He gave His only Son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins, that we all might come into His presence, have eternal fellowship with Him and have inheritance in the kingdom.
There is nothing you or I can do to inherit the kingdom of God or eternal life. It has been done by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God, God the Son. Receiving His gift is all we do, believing He is the One who is powerful to save all who will believe.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7
And from the gospels…
“And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Matthew 9:11-13
Let none think that they can enter the kingdom of God and eternal life by their own efforts, works, and righteousness. None will. It is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-10).