9 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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 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.
God has prepared an inheritance to give away and it his kingdom – the whole universe and heaven and even God himself is the inheritance that he is prepared to give away. But he does not just give it to anyone. He doesn’t give it to the unrighteous – that is to those who practice sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, nor to thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers. These will not find themselves among the recipients of God’s gracious gift. But when I look at the list, and let’s be honest Paul was not trying to be exhaustive here otherwise it would be much longer, but when I look at the list I can only conclude that I am out. In myself there is nothing but evil. I am a sinner who struggles with sin and rebellion against God and since I find myself to be unrighteous than it would appear that I am doomed to never taste the heavenly gifts of God’s inheritance. But then Christ and the gospel change everything for Paul tells us, that is those who have come to faith in Christ, that “such were some of you;” as in past tense, as in no longer are you like this, as in your condition has changed. In what way? We were washed – there was a cleansing of our sin because we have been forgiven by the grace and mercy of God. We were sanctified – God has made us holy, set apart for him. He has transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. We were justified – that is we were declared righteous and have been given the righteousness of Christ as if it were our own. This is a glorious passage here that points us to the work of Christ for us in our salvation and points us to his saving grace given to us that we might inherit all things. Halleluiah! What a savior.