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Inheriting God’s Kingdom – or Not

Don’t you know that the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom? Don’t be deceived! Neither immoral people, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor practising homosexuals of whichever sort, 10 nor thieves, nor greedy people, nor drunkards, nor abusive talkers, nor robbers will inherit God’s kingdom. 11 That, of course, is what some of you were! But you were washed clean; you were made holy; you were put back to rights – in the name of the Lord, King Jesus, and in the spirit of our God.

What Is the Body For?

12 ‘Everything is lawful for me’ – but not everything is helpful! ‘Everything is lawful for me’ – but I’m not going to let anything give me orders! 13 ‘Food for the stomach, and the stomach for food, and God will destroy the one and the other’ – but the body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 What’s more, God raised the Lord; and he will raise us, too, through his power.

15 Don’t you know that your bodies are members of the Messiah? Shall I then take the members of the Messiah and make them members of a prostitute? Of course not! 16 Or don’t you know that anyone who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? ‘The two shall become one flesh’ – that’s what it says. 17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

18 Run away from immorality. Every sin that it’s possible for someone to commit happens outside the body; but immorality involves sinning against your own body. 19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit within you, the spirit God gave you, so that you don’t belong to yourselves? 20 You were quite an expensive purchase! So glorify God in your body.

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