I Corinthians 6:9-12

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. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Paul says, “Such were some of you, until you were justified, sanctified, and filled by the Spirit of God in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Until you were born again, you were a partaker of the first nature of sin, but when you were birthed into Christ, and became a new creature in Christ, you experienced a filling and sealing of the Holy Spirit into your soul. You were born again.

The Apostle then begins to explain in the rest of this chapter that as Christians we do not conduct ourselves on the whims of culture and society. What culture deems to be permissible may not be expedient or pleasing in the eyes of God. Therefore, we must be careful we are not brought under the power of any spirit or evil by our own submission.

Matthew Henry said of this passage of Scripture:

“Christians should not barely consider what is in itself lawful to be done, but what is fit for them to do, considering their profession, character, relations, and hopes: they should be very careful that by carrying this maxim too far they be not brought into bondage, either to a crafty deceiver or a carnal inclination.”

A genuine born again Believer should be led by the Spirit into all things that please the Lord. Simply because it may seem permissible does not mean it is in Christ’s will. We must learn to become more sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. Such were some of you, but now you are a new creature in Christ. Let the Spirit do the leading, not the culture.

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And that’s the way our love is to Christ, when we been borned again, we realize that we are sons and daughters of God; it ain’t me, “have to this” and “have to…”

Paul said, “All things to me are lawful, but not all expedient.” So, it isn’t some law, that I have to preach the Gospel; isn’t some law, that I have to do this; it’s because I love Him so much. I just love to do it.

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