1ST CORINTHIANS 6:11 (11 OF 28)

by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 6:11 (11 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

11 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.

After explaining that in practicing such acts of wickedness toward each other the Corinthians must realize that they were acting in a fashion as those who would not inherit the kingdom of God, he reminded them that these sins listed were the very sins that some of them were involved in, in their lost, pre-Christian state. To carry on in this fashion would be that which is contrary to what they were in Christ.

Notice carefully what Paul wrote here. He said clearly; "and such WERE some of you". He did not say, such ARE some of you. That's very important. The word, but, in this passage is important in that it forms a transition to the prime subject, and he uses it three times in this verse. But, Paul wrote, ye are:

1. Washed. This word means exactly what it says, washed. This is what happened to you when you were saved. You were literally cleaned up inwardly, as we will see, through the work of the Holy Spirit. That's a statement of fact-It happened and that's what happens when one is truly a believer. Paul is not talking about washing in the waters of baptism. He is talking about our sins being washed away by the blood of Christ.

2. Sanctified. You are holy. Not just positional holiness, but practical holiness, which is clearly what Paul is addressing about the behavior of the Corinthians. That's also a statement of fact-It happened and that's what happens when one is truly a believer. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration and conversion. It is to separate something, or in this case, someone from profane things and dedicate or consecrate it or them to God. Practical Sanctification differs from Positional Sanctification in that Positional Sanctification is solely the will and work ...

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