Shelby G. Floyd
In 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul wrote strong words to some Christian people who had come from very immoral backgrounds. They had done just about everything named in the Gentile world, but had been baptized into Christ. Paul told them to leave their former manner of life because now they were Christian people:
“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, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God. 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” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Such Were Some of You
I appeal to all who are Christian people. Maybe you have done things in the past mentioned above. If you have been baptized into Christ, you should do those things no longer. Paul said, “Such were some of you.” In other words, you did those things in times past, but can no longer do them and be consistent with the doctrine of Christ. Why? You have been washed in the waters of baptism; you have been sanctified and justified by the name of Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. Is it consistent for a washed, sanctified, and justified person to drink alcoholic beverages and engage in these other vile practices? No! It is not consistent to do any of the sinful things that might previously have characterized our previous life.
Avoid All Drugs and Sinful Behavior
I especially appeal to those in their teenage years. The Devil is trying to work on you and tempt you to drink alcoholic beverages and take other drugs—yes alcohol is a drug! He uses every avenue, every means and every media to try to get you away from serving God and to cause you to lose your spiritual influence. If somebody tries to get you to take a drink, cry out and say, “No, there is death in the pot” (2 Kings 4:40)! There is death in the bottle and I will not destroy my soul, my body and my influence.”
Your Body is a Temple
The Bible tells us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The Bible says that if we destroy our body that is the temple of the Holy Spirit, then God will destroy us. Let us not think of our bodies as receptacles for strong drink, cigarettes, drugs and things of that nature. Let us instead tell ourselves, “I will keep my body as healthy as I can. It is a gift from God and I will not mistreat it. I will not put poison into it. I will try to stay as healthy as I can so I will have good years and good influence to serve God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is the way we ought to think. How about you?
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