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. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV
While traveling to Florida, we stopped at the Busy Bee gas station near Live Oak. After using the restroom and buying some boiled peanuts, I found Pam and my daughter Katy talking with a couple of guys selling crafts for a local non-profit who help people overcome addictions. We talked for a few minutes with a young man who had been in the program for 4 months. What was his life like 5 months earlier? Today, he was receiving prayer from us and thankful for renewed hope that life could be different.
The devil has a very detailed list of your failures. He reminds you of them often. Broken marriages, estranged relationships with children over broken promises, loss of carrier and family because of uncontrolled addictions, or loss of a good name because you stole, cheated, or were found out to be a liar. His assessment of your past shouts that you are disqualified.
This would be a true statement except for the love and work of Jesus in your life. Paul clearly states a list of sinful actions that identified you as IN YOUR PAST. This is WHAT YOU WERE.
Paul points to a specific time in which you were changed…you were washed. The implication was that their baptism commensurated the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to wash away the sins of their past. They went under the water as identified with their sinful past, but come up reflecting a newness of life found in Jesus. The baptismal experience declares that you are now holy (sanctified or set apart to God) and justified (a declared righteous standing before God”.
Have you been baptized since you believed? It’s one of the actions that we can use to silence the accusations by the devil about our past. We voluntarily are baptized and the Spirit performs the work of making us holy and righteous. From the founding of the church until present day, baptism is the signifying demarcations of a person confessing saving faith in Jesus.
This is what you tell the devil, “I went into the waters like that old person you are talking about, but I come out changed because of the blood and sacrifice of Jesus. You want to talk about my past? Come with me to the cross of Jesus. Devil, you ask Jesus what He thinks about me? I’ll stay here at the foot of the cross for as long as you want you to see that the old me died with Jesus. Then let’s walk over into the baptismal pool of resurrection Sunday.”
You can embrace your designated holiness and justification without denying your past. You are NOT like that anymore. Walk daily in the freedom of being a washed and clean person.
Blessings Love y’all