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1 Corinthians
Chapter 6

Theme: Lawsuits among members

Chapter 6 deals with the subject of the Christian and his relationship to the state. The Christian really has a twofold citizenship. I think this is often misunderstood by outsiders as well as by believers.
Phil. 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
Our citizenship in Heaven, in no way relieves the Christian from his responsibility to the state. The Christian has a responsibility to God, as well as in our life here on Earth.
Matthew 22:17-20  Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. (KJV)

The apostle Paul defines some very specific responsibilities of Christians to the state. There are certain guidelines which cannot be misunderstood. Paul writes:
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (KJV)

Our obligation to the state is to try to have a peaceful, law-abiding society and recognize and obey authority. This is very important for the Christian. Paul discusses the same subject in Romans.  Romans 13:1-4  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (KJV)

Paul wrote the above when the Roman government was very oppressive. The emperors of that era were dictators, and many of them persecuted the church. If anyone tried to oppose the Roman government, he was in big trouble because there was no place to which one could hide where the government could not find and arrest him. But, even in that government, there was a freedom to preach the Word of God. That is the thing that Christians should remember.

The church and the state were to be kept separate. The church was not to dominate the state, not to dictate to it. The state was not to control the church nor to take the place of God. In a worldly society, secularism always takes the place of God. That is modern idolatry today. Many people are putting the world in the place of God today!  Too many of our statesmen today think they stand in the place of God and that they speak in the place of God. The Great White Throne will tell them differently!

We are still in the part of the Letter which deals with scandals in the Corinthian church. The first here was concerned with lawsuits among members.

1 Cor. 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? (KJV)

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints . . . the Christian Church at Corinth was in very sad state of imperfection, even though there were very many well-known people there. Divided as they were among themselves, there was no one person who had public authority to settle differences between man and man, so they were forced to take their arguments before heathen judges. These divisions were most likely subjects of trials arising out of their church divisions. The thing, and this issue of it, the apostle strongly condemns. Paul asks them: Why do you take these problems the unjust judges, and not before the saints?
The apostle Paul had already sharply warned this church for their pride, contentions and divisions, and for their slandering him who was their spiritual father, and glorifying their worldly instructors above him, and their being slack in their church discipline. Paul now comes into this chapter with yet another complaint against the Corinthians; another evil that Paul tries to correct . . . taking lawsuits to heathen judges. Roman laws allowed the Jews to settle their disputes about property by arbitration among themselves, and it seemed that the early Christians no doubt had the same privilege. Paul wanted these civil suits to be settled without the disgraceful spectacle of Christian suing Christian before heathen judges.

The Capability of the Believers (1 Cor. 6:2-11)

1 Cor. 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (KJV)

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world . . . the context and spirit of this Passage require that it must be understood of the future and final judgment. The saints shall judge the world . . . Paul tells them that when the Son of Man shall sit on the throne of His glory, then shall ye sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Mt.19:28). My friend, if you are a believer in Christ, you will have a part with the Lord Jesus in ruling the Earth someday. This is not talking about the judgment at the Great White Throne, which will be the judgment when the lost appear before Christ. This has to do with the settling the affairs of the universe down through eternity.
#1. Saints will judge the world. . . . I believe this has to do with what Paul wrote to Timothy.
2 Tim. 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: (KJV)

1 Cor. 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (KJV)

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? . . . Paul will use a series of "know ye nots" (verses 3,9,15,16,19). When Paul said, "Know ye not," you can be sure that they did not know. This was a nice way of saying they were ignorant of these things.
#2. Saints will judge angels. I think this has to refer to bad angels, those who decided to go with Satan when he fell. I know of no place in the Holy Scriptures that say that holy angels will go through a trial. The sense here is, Christians will be qualified to see the verdict which is pronounced on fallen angels. They will be able so to embrace and comprehend the nature of law, and the interests of justice, as to see the correctness of their condemnation.
And if they can enter into these important and eternal decisions, they certainly should be considered as qualified to determine the justice among men, and to settle the unimportant differences which may arise in the church.
Some think that this means that the saints shall in the future world be raised to a rank more elevated than even the angels in Heaven. I will not agree or disagree, because I simply do not know. In what respect that the saints will be elevated, can be only a matter of guessing. What I do know is, our eternal future will be something wonderful.

1 Cor. 6:4  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. (KJV)

If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life . . . things relating to this life, they could examine these cases among themselves, which they were allowed to decide without any interference from the heathen governments under which they lived.
Set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church . . . those who were in the lowest order of judges. It could be possible that Paul may refer here to the order in the Jewish benches, as some think, of which there were five: 
#1. The great Sanhedrin, consisting of seventy-two elders, which presided in Jerusalem.
#2. The little Sanhedrin of twenty-five, in large cities, out of Jerusalem.
#3. The Bench of Three in every synagogue.
#4. The Authorized, or Authentic Bench.
#5. The Bench not authorized, this bench was so called because it did not receive its authority directly from the Sanhedrin, but was chosen by the parties between whom the controversy depended.
Paul certainly does NOT mean by least esteemed, to bepersons with bad reputations, but that these arbitrators were chosen for the purpose of settling private differences, and preventing them from going before the heathen magistrates. The following verse makes it pretty clear that Paul refers to this lower kind of tribunal; and hence he says . . .

1 Cor. 6:5  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? (KJV)

I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren . . . Paul says: You mean to tell me that there is not a wise man here who could be an arbitrator, and settle the differences that come up? Instead, you go to the heathen tribunals! How shameful!

1 Cor. 6:6  But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. (KJV)

But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers . . . one Christian sues another, in a court of unbelievers! Paul said this is about as great a scandal as can exist in a Christian society.

1 Cor. 6:7  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? (KJV)

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another . . . there is absolutely a wrong among you; a most obvious shortcoming, that being you are far from peace, of lacking brotherly love, of lacking mutual assurance and lacking reverence for God, with no concern for His honor. The legal disputes among yourselves shows that you have failed completely.
Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded . . .
Wouldn’t it have been better for you to be wronged? Wouldn’t it have been better if you had been cheated and deceived?
We all must remember that is far better to suffer an injury than take a road that would harm our peace, and worse, greatly dishonor the cause of our blessed Saviour.

1 Cor. 6:8  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. (KJV)

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren . . . it is shameful that you wrong one another, and rob one another . . . other believers! Paul expresses grief that there were lawsuits among the Corinthian church members. NO secular judge or jury is equipped to make spiritual decisions because they do not understand spiritual values. That is why court cases that relate to churches and Christians are complete chaos the minute they hit the worldly courts. A secular judge may know what is in the law books, but he knows NOTHING about spiritual decisions. He has no spiritual discernment.

The Unrighteous shall NOT Inherit
the Kingdom of God (1 Cor.6:9-11)

1 Cor. 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (KJV)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? . . . here is another of the “know ye nots”. The apostle Paul presents the statement in this verse to show the evil of the Corinthian’s progress, and specifically the injustice that they did to one another, and their trying to settle the lawsuits by appealing to the heathen courts. He assures them here, that the unjust could not be saved. The unrighteous . . . are the unjust, those who did injustice to others, and attempted to do it under the sanction of the heathen courts. Shall not inherit . . . shall not possess, shall not enter into Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven is often represented as an inheritance (Mat.25:34; Mk.10:17; Lk.10:25; 18:18; Jn.14:2-3; 1 Cor.15:50; Eph.1:11,14; 5:5; 1 Pet.1:3-5).
The kingdom of God . . . the unrighteous cannot be saved; cannot enter into Heaven (Mat.3:2).
#3. Unrighteousness is NOT in the Kingdom. NONE at all!
Be not deceived, (said the apostle), either by any false teachers, or by the many unkind examples of such sinners that you have each day, nor by judges' involvement at these sins.
Neither fornicators . . . meaning single persons who commit immoral, sexual uncleanness with others. Paul distinguishes these sinners from adulterers, whom he mentions afterward.
Nor idolaters . . . this is worship of the creature instead of God, or worship of the true God before images.
Nor adulterers . . . this is married persons, breaking their marriage agreement, and commit sexual uncleanness with someone who is not their yokefellow.
Nor effeminate persons . . . this covers quite a bit: effeminate refers to men who have feminine traits to an incorrect degree; it is a catamite, a young man who submits his body to unnatural lewdness (Joel 3:3); it is also abusers of themselves with mankind; those guilty of unnatural offenses; a sodomite; homosexual; a sexual pervert of any kind; it is those that give themselves up to lasciviousness, burning continually in their immoral lusts (Gen.19:5; Lev.18:22; 20:13; Mk.7:21-22; Rom.1:26-27; 1 Cor.6:9-10; Gal.5:19-21; Eph.5:3-6; 1 Tim.1:10; Heb.13:4; Jude 1:7).  
Nor abusers of themselves with mankind . . . nor such as are guilty of the sin of Sodom, which sin should NOT be named among Christians.

1 Cor. 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (KJV)

Nor thieves . . . those who steal from their neighbors secretly, or by violence, without their consent or any just authority.
Nor covetous . . . those who have an excessive love (a lust) for money and wealth, that they will do just about anything to get it into their hands: by oppression, cheating or defrauding others.
Nor drunkards . . . people that drink to excess, and use it excessively, with no control of self, without regard to the law and rules of temperance and sobriety.
Nor revilers . . . people that use their tongues excessively, railing and reviling persons with reproachful and scornful names.
Nor extortioners . . . people who use violence to wring out of people's hands what is not their due. None of the above sinners, not repenting of these sinful ways, and turning from them into a contrary way of life, shall ever come get to Heaven.

Ten classes of sinners NOT to be saved:  
1. Fornicators, the immoral, the impure (1 Cor.6:9)
2. Idolaters, false worshipers (1 Cor.6:9)
3. Adulterers, the unfaithful (1 Cor.6:9)
4. Effeminate, catamites (1 Cor.6:9)
 5. Abusers of themselves with mankind (sodomites, homosexuals, pederasts, lesbians (1 Cor.6:9)
6. Thieve, robbers, (1 Cor.6:10) 
7. Covetous, greed, lust for riches (1 Cor.6:10)
8. Drunkards, drug addicts (1 Cor.6:10)
9. Revilers, abusers of others (1 Cor.6:10)
10. Extortioners, those who obtain by violence or threats (1 Cor.6:10)

1 Cor. 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (KJV)

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God . . . in verses 9 and 10, Paul had pronounced a terrible sentence on the wicked Corinthians, who, having been heathens before, had wallowed in a lot of sin. Paul here tells them to humble themselves, and not to be puffed up, as he had before accused them. He reminded them, that some of them had been guilty of some of those horrible sins, some of them of one kind, others of other sin.
Here he tells them not to despair, for they were washed, not only with the baptism of water, but with the Blood of Christ (Rev.1:5; 7:14), and baptized with the Holy Ghost ((1 Cor.12:13; Tit.3:5), born again of water and of the Spirit (Jn.3:5), and not only washed, but sanctified being renewed by the Holy Ghost. Sanctified: (Jn.17:17; Acts 20:32; 26:18; Rom.15:16; 1 Cor.1:2; 6:11; Eph.5:6; 1Thes.5:23; 1 Tim.4:5; 2 Tim.2:21; Heb.2:11; 10:10,14; 13:12; Jude 1:1)
The washing, mentioned in this verse, is to be understood as justification (Rom.5:1), remission of sin (Mat.26:28; Rom.3:25), deliverance from the guilt of sin; and also regeneration and sanctification, which is the powerful effect of the Spirit of grace, creating in the soul new habits and dispositions, by which it is enabled and motivated. The soul dies unto sin, and lives unto God. Paul does NOT say of them all, he says some of you . . . are washed. It is very likely there were some in this church who were hypocrites, as there are in ALL churches. BUT. . . some of them had been washed. This is why I always stress TRUE believers, TRUE Christians and TRUE children of God, because NOT everyone who say they are “Christians” are indeed Christians, but instead they are hypocrites. Puffed up: (1 Cor.4:6,18,19; 5:2; 13:4; Col.2:18)

Ten proofs that people are justified:  
1. When they are washed and sanctified (1 Cor.6:11; 2 Cor.5:17-18)
2. When they repent (Lk.18:13-14)  
3. When they believe (Acts 13:38-39; Rom.3:24-25; 4:5; 5:1)
4. When redeemed (Rom.3:24; 5:9; Rev.5:9)
5. When they partake of God’s grace (Rom.3:24-25; 5:1-2; Tit.2:11-14; 3:4-7)
6. When they accept God's call (Rom.8:28,30; 9:23-24)
7. When born again (Jn.1:12-13. 3:3-8; Tit.3:4-7; 1 Jn.2:29; 3:9; 5:1-4,18)
8. When brought to Christ (Gal.3:24; 2 Cor.5:17-18; Gal.3:27)
9. When reconciled to God (Rom.5:9-11; 2 Cor.5:17-21; Col.1:20-23)
10. When all sins are blotted out (Isa.43:25; Acts 13:38-39; 1 Cor.6:11)

God cannot declare a person not guilty unless he is cleansed from all sin and made holy by the Blood of Christ. Sanctification sets apart the person for God; justification declares him not guilty. Thank You Jesus!

The Believer's Body Is the Temple of the Holy Spirit
(1 Cor. 6:12-20)

1 Cor. 6:12  All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (KJV)

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient . . . it is very likely that some of the Corinthians had pleaded that the wrongdoing of the man who took his father's wife (1 Cor.5:1), as well as the eating the things offered to idols (1 Cor.8:1-10), was not contrary to the law, as it then stood. To this, the apostle Paul answers: Although eating the things offered to idols was lawful, the sin of fornication is NOT expedient, (is NOT agreeable to correctness, decency, order and purity). It opposes the Word of God, and should NOT be tolerated in the Christian church.
All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any . . . the words of this text are not so difficult in themselves, when we see the connection and dependence they have with, what was said before and what follows after, kept in context.
An action that is in itself lawful, may by circumstances be made sinful and unlawful; and that was the case as to the Christians taking their disagreements before worldly judges. There are some think that Paul starts a new discourse here, to advise against the sin of fornication, and from the uncontrolled use of meat and drink, as to motivating lust, and setting them up to that sin.
Now, if they should say, Is it not lawful then to eat and drink liberally, must we eat and drink for bare necessity? Paul tells them: All things are lawful for me . . . meaning all things that are NOT forbidden by the law of God may be used, may be done, under reasonable circumstances. But . . . circumstances can change the case . . . all things may NOT be expedient to be used or done by all persons, or at all times. There are many things that a believer can do, but they are not expedient (helpful or beneficial) to do.

1 Cor. 6:13  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. (KJV)

Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats . . . the word belly here means the stomach; and as God had created a natural appetite for food, and had created food, it was right to indulge in eating and drinking to any extent which the appetite demanded. The word meats here does not mean meat alone, but any kind of food (Mat. 9:10; Mk.2:15-16; 1 Tim.4:3-5).  
But God shall destroy both it and them . . . Paul states that both the belly and the meats will one day be destroyed, and that they were unworthy of the care which was bestowed on them, and that attention should be directed to better things. It is unworthy for the Christian to spend all his time and thought in making provision for the body which is soon to perish. A man should be willing to put away desires of the flesh when they tend to harm the mind, and destroy the soul. It is unworthy for a mind that is to live for ever, to be anxious about that which is so soon to be destroyed in the grave.
Now the body is not for fornication . . . although God made an appetite for food, and provided food for that appetite, He did NOT make the body for any uncleanness, nor indulgence in immoral impurity. God has made the body for Christ; and Christ was provided by Him, to be a Sacrifice for this body as well as for the soul. Jesus took upon Himself our nature; so that now, we as human beings, have a close relationship to the Lord Jesus; and our bodies are made NOT only for His service, but also to be His temples, in which He lives.
Let us all remember that there really is Christian liberty in what we eat and drink, but we must not be gluttons in either food or drink. In contrast, our bodies are NOT to be used for fornication. Our bodies belong to the Lord. He bought us at Calvary!

1 Cor. 6:14  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. (KJV)

And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power . . . this is another argument against indulgences in this sin. It is this: Phil. 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)
We are united to Christ. God has raised Jesus from the dead, and has glorified His Body. Our bodies will one day be like his! And since our body is to be raised up by the power of God, and since it is to be perfect, pure and holy; and since this is to be done by His agency, it is SO wrong that it should be devoted to purposes of pollution and lust.

1 Cor. 6:15  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. (KJV)

Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? . . . because Christ has taken your nature upon Him, and so, as believers in Him, you are the members of Christ.
Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid . . . Paul puts it to them straight! IF you say you are members of his body, HOW can you connect yourselves to harlots? To do so is to dishonor and pollute the bodies which are members of Christ! God forbid!

1 Cor. 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (KJV)

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh . . . he that is joined to a harlot is one body . . . he makes himself a harlot! Whoever joins himself with another man's wife, renounces (refuses to follow and obey) the Almighty and holy God. Don't you know that your bodies are members of Christ? This is an accepted and familiar point of Christian doctrine, one with which the Corinthians were supposed to be acquainted; and which proved all that the apostle had said of the relationship between the church and Christ.

1 Cor. 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (KJV)

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. . . anyone who is united to God, by faith in Christ Jesus, receives His Spirit, and becomes a partaker in the Divine nature. Anyone who trades such a holy relationship, for a lustful, sexual relationship with a harlot, for sensual gratification is a fool. Who can do this must be far and deeply fallen!

1 Cor. 6:18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (KJV)

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body . . . TRUE Christians are to flee fornication . . . run away FAST!They are to abominate (to hate or loathe intensely), detest and run away from every kind of uncleanness. Some sins, or temptations to sin, may be reasoned with; but if you mess with fornication, you are undone. FLEE! Fast! Fornication is a sin against your own body. Although ALL sin has a tendency to destroy life, none are as immoral as those to which the apostle refers. By the just judgment of God, all these irregular and sinful connections are married to death. No prostitutes, whoremongers or unclean persons of any kind, shall be admitted to Heaven (verses 9-10). These people declare their sin just as Sodom did (Gen.19), they do not even try to hide it. Woe unto their soul, for they bring destruction unto themselves.

1 Cor. 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (KJV)

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you . . . know ye not (verses 15-16), your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor.3:16; 2 Cor.6:16; Eph.2:21-22; 1 Pet.2:5). How amazing this is! Just as the living God dwelt in the Mosaic tabernacle, and in the Temple of Solomon, so too, does the Holy Ghost truly dwell in the souls of genuine Christians . . . and just as the Jewish Temple and all its utensils were holy, separated from all common and profane uses, and dedicated only to the service of God, so too, are the bodies of TRUE Christians holy, and all their members should be used in the service of God alone.
Which ye have of God, and ye are not your own . . . Romans 14:7-9 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. (KJV) . . . You are bound to God, and to Him you are accountable!

1 Cor. 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (KJV)

For ye are bought with a price . . . just as the slave who is purchased by his master for a sum of money is the sole property of that master, so too are TRUE Christians bought with the price . . . a BIG price! Jesus paid for our salvation with His life! He is our Master! The Blood of Christ paid for us, we are His property. Just as the slave is bound to use all his skill and diligence for his master, so should we employ body, soul and spirit in the service of our Lord; promoting, by every means in our power, the honor and glory of our God, whom we also must consider as our Lord and Master.

Many people say that they have the right to do whatever they want with their own bodies. They really do think that this is freedom . . . but, they are in reality enslaved to their own lust. When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. Therefore, we no longer own our bodies. Because your body belongs to God, you must NOT violate His standards for living.

Ten proofs that people are justified:  
1. When they are washed and sanctified (1 Cor.6:11; 2 Cor.5:17-18)
2. When they repent (Lk.18:13-14)  
3. When they believe (Acts 13:38-39; Rom.3:24-25; 4:5; 5:1)
4. When redeemed (Rom.3:24; 5:9; Rev.5:9)
5. When they partake of grace (Rom.3:24-25; 5:1-2; Tit.2:11-14; 3:4-7)
6. When they accept God's call (Rom.8:28,30; 9:23-24)
7. When born again (Jn.1:12-13. 3:3-8; Tit.3:4-7; 1 Jn.2:29; 3:9; 5:1-4,18)
8. When brought to Christ (Gal.3:24; 2 Cor.5:17-18; Gal.3:27)
9. When reconciled to God (Rom.5:9-11; 2 Cor.5:17-21; Col.1:20-23)
10. When all sins are blotted out (Isa.43:25; Acts 13:38-39; 1 Cor.6:11)

God cannot declare one not guilty before he is cleansed from all sin and made holy by the Blood of Christ. Sanctification makes the sinner not guilty; justification declares him not guilty.

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