This passage has come up in recent talks and if you just read this passage:
1 Cor. 6:9-11 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.(NIV)
If you just read this with Ephesians 5:5-7 that says:
. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.”
WE all know that these verses can justify Christians pointing the finger at “those wretched outsiders!” and create a protest in us against sin and come off as judging and condemning others. BUT what does inheritance in the Kingdom mean?
If in the end in Revelation 21:7-8 the same idea of inheritance is mentioned(if it means the same in these three passages) and that inheritance is connected to a lustful list of not just choices but a way of life.
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[d] and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving,[e] abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
The idea of love being the most important thing in our lives has been the discussion of recent and I agree. However, a lack of love is not mentioned in these passages, rather how someone lives is connected to inheritance. When we say love is all that matters well yes, but its God’s Holy and Righteous perfect altogether-perfect-justice LOVE that we are talking about. It says because of lawlessness the love of many will grow cold. It doesn’t say a lack of love will be shown to the world and therefore any love that people once had will shrivel up and die in coldness. This may not make any sense, but it seems troublesome to think that all of these verses( and of course their are many more) are written to believers. Yes, love is all that matters, but so does living Holy. Have people in church history misinterpreted HOW to live Holy and thus made us almost think anything to do with Holiness=RELIGION? Yes, of course it has been misinterpreted but it sounds like inheritance has to do with eternal life which seems to then have to do with going to heaven when you die.