27 Apr But You Were – 4/27/21
1 Corinthians 6:11 – “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.“
The Apostle Paul is the author of this first letter to the church in Corinth. These are writings to a church people who had already been saved, yet continued to struggle with deep sin in their walk with the Lord. It is a letter that is written, in love by Paul, to a people that he was shepherding and whose failings created agony in his heart. Paul reminds them, “But you were washed (by the atoning sacrifice of Christ), you were sanctified (set apart for God and made holy) and you were justified (declared free of guilt) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit.” In other words, Paul reminds them of the power of the Gospel. A gospel that was not given to us halfhearted or half-paid. There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. The Lord is not surprised by the areas of compromise in our lives. Paul calls us to surrender our lukewarmness and grow in maturity as we continue to pursue our greatest calling, to love Christ with wholehearted devotion and obedience.
Holy Spirit, I ask you to give us eyes to see and ears to hear your voice. We surrender areas of our lives where we have been living in compromise. We remember that you paid the full price for our sins. You are calling us to live and walk a life worthy of you, Lord. We want to grow in the knowledge of who you are and love what you love. We thank you that you call us your sons and daughters. Our weakness moves your heart. Jesus, reveal yourself to us as the great intercessor. Be a lamp unto our feet. Amen.