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The Holy Spirit in Salvation

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A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (ESV)

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Who is Jesus? Many say that Jesus was merely a good teacher. He was, indeed a teacher, the greatest teacher who has ever lived. But, He is more. Christ did not merely come to teach, for teaching cannot conquer sin. Law cannot change a man. Jesus came to change lives. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, that Christians “once were” something else, but they have been transformed. The Christian is a new man, no longer under the power and sway of the devil. The wicked one cannot touch him. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this is not achieved through Jesus’ gift of teaching, but it is achieved through Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit emancipates the new believer by giving him knowledge of, and a taste for, Christ. The believer has new affections and desires. Jesus, therefore, is seen in our weakness, in our failure, in our hopelessness, and in our despair. We must go to Him, just as we are, and find new life. We need more than His teaching; we need Him. Indeed, Jesus is more than a teacher. He is more than a law-giver. Jesus is the Savior who will never leave us nor forsake us. 


Additional Scripture Translations

1 Corinthians 6:9-11, New American Standard Bible

9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor those habitually drunk, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11Such 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 Corinthians 6:9-11, King James Version

9Know 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, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And 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.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.