Christianity 201

March 13, 2014

Such Were Some of You

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With discussions about same sex attraction, gay marriage and homosexuality in general often taking place in our churches, it’s common to hear these verses quoted from I Corinthians 6:

Don’t you know that people who are unjust won’t inherit God’s kingdom? Don’t be deceived. Those who are sexually immoral, those who worship false gods, adulterers, both participants in same-sex intercourse,10 thieves, the greedy, drunks, abusive people, and swindlers won’t inherit God’s kingdom. 11 That is what some of you used to be! But you were washed clean, you were made holy to God, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.  (CEV)

Without intending to minimize verses 9 and 10, a few days ago I was struck by verse 11:

  • Some of you used to be like that (CEV)
  • And such were some of you (KJV/ESV)
  • A number of you know from experience what I’m talking about (MSG)
  • And  some of you were guilty of these abominations! (Mounce)
  • Some of you used to live in these ways (Voice)
  • And ye were sometime these things (Wycliffe)

Matthew Henry writes,

The Greek word is tautasuch things were some of you, very monsters rather than men. Note, Some that are eminently good after their conversion have been as remarkably wicked before. Quantum mutatus ab illo!–How glorious a change does grace make! It changes the vilest of men into saints and the children of God. Such were some of you, but you are not what you were. You are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of Christ, and by the Spirit of our God. Note, The wickedness of men before conversion is no bar to their regeneration and reconciliation to God. The blood of Christ, and the washing of regeneration, can purge away all guilt and defilement.

There are however, people who will sometimes think their personal testimony (salvation story) just isn’t all that dramatic. Maybe you grew up in the church and had a definite moment where you ‘accepted’ Christ’s atonement for yourself at a very early age.

I heard someone speak on this and say, “For some people it’s what they were saved out of, for others it is what they were saved from.” You don’t know what your story might have been apart from Christ. You are therefore an “older brother” to those who come to faith at later stages, not to mention those “thieves on the cross” who come to Christ at the end of life. And all of us share together what we were saved to, regardless of our life narrative.

However, that said, everyone of us as a “before and after” story if we truly understand positionally what happened to us when we invited Christ to place us under the covering of his taking of our punishment for sin. You may not have a personal story that matches up with the old hymn, “I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,” but without Christ, you were sinking, deep in sin.

We have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved.

…As I prepared this, the Christian radio station in Australia that I was listening to started playing My Lighthouse by Rend Collective, which speaks of God leading us “safe to shore;” a kind of modern take on that old hymn.  Enjoy this as part of today’s meditation.

In my wrestling and in my doubts
In my failures You won’t walk out
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

In the silence, You won’t let go
In my questions, Your truth will hold
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

My Lighthouse, my lighthouse
Shining in the darkness, I will follow You
My Lighthouse, my Lighthouse
I will trust the promise,
You will carry me safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore

I won’t fear what tomorrow brings
With each morning I’ll rise and sing
My God’s love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

Fire before us, You’re the brightest
You will lead us safe to shore

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