1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters…
Reformation is an object most earnestly pursued by all who are alive to the wrongs of life. Some, however, are of questionable utility, and none of much value but that of the text. This reformation is —
I. OF THE MORAL CHARACTER OF MANKIND. Sin which may be defined as self-gratification is here presented in a variety of forms. The principle of sin, like holiness, is one and simple, but the forms are multifarious. These morally corrupt Corinthians were changed in the very root and fountain of their character.
II. INDISPENSABLE TO A HAPPY DESTINY. "The kingdom of God" — the reign of truth, purity, love. To inherit that empire, to be in it, not as occasional visitors, but as permanent citizens, is our high destiny. For this we were made. Hence Christ urges us to seek it first. There is no getting into it without this moral reformation.
III. EFFECTED BY THE REDEMPTIVE AGENCY OF CHRIST. They had been cleansed from their moral foulness, "washed"; consecrated to holiness, "sanctified"; made right in their being and relationships, "justified." And this "in the name," &c. Nothing on earth will effect this moral change but the gospel; not legislative enactments, or scientific systems.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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,