Eternal Consequences – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:17-21
Key Verse: Galatians 5:19
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures
When we read this sentence in the Bible—“anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the kingdom of God”—we should find out what “sort of life” is being talked about. This sentence is describing our eternal destiny; where we will exist forever and ever. Surely we will all take anything with such eternal consequence seriously. Jesus reminded us, “and what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
The Spirit of Jesus spoke to the Thyatira church about their participation in acts of immorality. Jesus told them that they must repent and turn away from these evil deeds. If anyone did not respond to this warning, Jesus said they would get what they deserved (Revelation 2:23).
Who will not inherit the kingdom of God?: Those who follow the desires of their sinful nature, which leads them into sexual immorality, impurity and lustful pleasure (Galatians 5:19). In our day and age this is an important message to the church. The unfortunate truth is that there are not a lot of differences in the moral behavior of those who attend church and those who don’t. Couples choose to live together before marriage, even as they testify to their faith in God. Without blushing or one moment of hesitation, couples speak, in the foyers of their churches, of living together.
Has God changed His standards of holy living in light of our modern thinking? Of course the answer is no—God never changes.
Father, grant me courage to live out your standards and to speak of your standards with a loving attitude. In Jesus’ name, amen.