This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
1Co 6:11 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.
Many Christians still struggle today with the idea of what sin or sins the gospel can forgive.
Paul lists 10 things in verses 9 & 10 that highlight a life and lifestyle apart from the gospel. In verse 11 we see that our past sinful identities do not have to be a life sentence. Paul says, “and such were some of you.” Some in the church were defined by these things, but something happened. Paul lists 3 truths of the gospel that helped change their lives.
First this idea of washing implies something we do. The other two, “sanctified” and “justified” they could only receive. Like picking up the bar of soap and using it, Paul speaks about the power of Jesus’ blood to wash away our sin. Jesus’ blood is powerful enough to remove the stain of sin, but we must pick it up and wash ourselves with it for it to be effective.
The next point about being sanctified implies a change of purpose. I have been saved from my sin, but I am also saved for the work of the gospel. Jesus doesn’t just cleanse us, but He gives us a new purpose and power to live for Him.
Lastly Paul says we are “justified”, we could say “not guilty” but it is even more than that. The Bible says our sin was placed on Jesus; and His righteousness was also placed on me. As a Christian when God looks at you, He sees Jesus!
Like the Corinthians may our lives reflect the radical change that applying the Gospel can bring!