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Sermon #5535

The Unrighteous Shall not Inherit

A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11


1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV KJV
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 …

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Sermon Description

Many today believe that society has progressed beyond their need for the Bible. Through education, culture, art, and sophistication, they believe that humanity has found hope beyond the brokenness. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9–11 titled “The Unrighteous Shall not Inherit,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that the Bible deals with real life. The sins of today are no different than the sins of ancient Corinth. Today, sin has been normalized. What the Bible calls wicked, the modern world justifies. Fornication is excused. Adultery is condoned in some situations. Homosexuality has been declared right. Lying is tolerated. Everything is considered relative. Some believe moral teaching is the hope. Jesus did not merely come to give exhortations. Others believe training is the hope. No amount of education can correct the human heart. Human hope is not in ability, cleverness, or wealth. Studying 1 Corinthians 6:9–11, Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines the problem of sin and its remedy. Humans are unrighteous by nature and what matters is righteousness. Do not be deceived. The need for humanity is to be washed, sanctified, and justified. This is the timeless message of Christianity. Jesus has come to save humanity from sin so they can inherit the kingdom of God. He died for their transgressions and was raised for their justification.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The Bible warns us against the danger of being deceived.
  2. The Bible teaches us that nothing matters to God except righteousness.
  3. We are all unrighteous by nature. There is none righteous, no, not one.
  4. The gospel message is not merely denouncing sin or making moral appeals. It is a message of salvation and hope.
  5. The gospel message is that we can be saved through Jesus Christ. We can be washed, sanctified and justified through Him.
  6. Jesus came to reconcile us to God and save us, not just teach us or condemn us.
  7. When we believe in Jesus, we are delivered from sin. We are washed, sanctified and justified.
  8. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live a new life in Christ.
  9. We should examine ourselves and see our own need for cleansing before pointing fingers at others.
  10. Only those who have been cleansed themselves can help others find cleansing.
  11. There is hope - the gospel of Jesus Christ. He died for our sins and was raised for our justification.

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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.