Justified

Some people won’t like Paul’s words in 1 Cor 6 because they run so counter to the culture, but that doesn’t negate their truth.  Here’s a portion of the truth he shares:   1 Cor 6:9-10   Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

There was a time in my life that I was a part of this group described in verses 9-10.  However, when I trusted Christ with my life – the following words became true for me.

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 Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.   1 Cor. 6:11

I had no ability on my own to change my lifestyle and thus inherit the Kingdom of God.  However, when I put my faith and trust in Jesus – I was justified by and through Him.  Justified bascially means “just as if I never sinned”.  When I die and stand before God; I will stand before Him “just as if I never sinned” because of what Jesus Christ has done for me.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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