Such Were Some Of You                                                                                                                Andy Hollifield 11-22-16

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 list 10 different types of people who won’t be in heaven. Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers ,and extortioners. In some regard, we have all been guilty of probably a couple of those at least. James 2:10 says “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” The good news comes in the next verse in 1 Corinthians chapter 6 “And such were (past tense) 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.” What a blessing to know that I am not what I would have been had the Lord not saved me! The word “but” is a contraction that usually indicates a change coming. The songwriter said it best when he said “I once was (past tense) lost, BUT now (present tense) I’m found, was (past tense) blind BUT now (present tense) I see.” I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was 8 years old. I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to commit a lot of the sins listed above BUT God knew I would if he didn’t save me. I did enough anyway BUT I am thankful that the Holy Ghost didn’t leave me alone BUT brought conviction to my soul in the midst of my sin.

It seems that now in a lot of our churches we have forgotten that we are merely sinners saved by the grace of God. We have a tendency to forget what we are capable of apart from God’s grace. The problem with that attitude is that we become judgmental rather than compassionate. John 8:7 gives a great example of this with the story of the woman caught in the “very act of adultery”. There was no doubt whatsoever that she was guilty. She didn’t deny it or defend herself and neither did the Lord. He simply made a statement requiring her accusers to judge themselves; “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” There was no doubt that the penalty under Mosaic law for her sin certainly was death by stoning. Jesus, however, came not to “condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved” John 3:17. Her accusers “being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last:” John 8:9. In verse 11, after all her accusers had left, he did acknowledge her guilt and sin BUT also his mercy when he said “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more”.

We would do well to remember that we have sinned and are fully capable of it. Sin will always be sin but a drunk don’t need to be told he is a drunk, he knows that already. He just needs compassion and to be told how to not continue being a drunk. He needs us to point him to the one that can make the change in his life that he needs: Jesus Christ! Sinners of all kinds are looking for a way out of their sin. We were, and someone showed us the way and led us to Jesus! Remember, “SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU”. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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