Do You Not Know?, Part 2
Do You Not Know?
Text: 1 Cor. 6:9-20
A. "Saints" (cf. Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1; Eph. 1:1; Philip. 1:1; Col. 1:2)
B. "Sanctified" (OT: Ex. 28:4, 26; 40:9-10; Lev. 20:24-26; 23:19-20; NT: 1 Cor. 1:2 and 6:11; cf. Eph. 1:4; Col. 3:12; Acts 20:32; Heb. 10:10)
"Become who you are."
"In spite of the fact that the Corinthian church had become filled with immorality, strife, division, and immaturity, Paul begins both letters to this body by addressing them as “saints” (holy ones) and reintroduces the wonder of the gospel. Precisely because their status was defined by the gospel’s indicatives, the apostle could recall them to repentance as the only legitimate response. Where most people think that the goal of religion is to get people to become something that they are not, the Scriptures call believers to become more and more what they already are in Christ. Because they were definitively sanctified or set apart as holy to the Lord, the Corinthians must reestablish proper relationships, order, and behavior in the church. Their practice must be brought in line with their identity" (Michael Horton, The Christian Faith, p. 652).
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