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by Stan L. Caldwell

First Corinthians six is a powerful passage written to the Corinthian brethren and teaches us several great spiritual lessons. Among these is the need we have to flee sin. Sin is the great divider between God and man. Adam and Eve were close to God until sin entered the picture. It was at that time that a redeemer was needed and for that purpose Jesus came into the world. He is our great redeemer. Our need has been to rid ourselves of sin and only through Christ's death on Calvary is this need met.

The Corinthians, as well as we, were guilty of sin. They had been fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers and extortioners as Paul informs us. These are sins such as we see in the world all around us. Our society is becoming one that promotes these sins rather than discouraging them, much as the society of Paul's day did. But the brethren at Corinth did flee these sins. In verse 11 Paul says, "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." It is possible to flee sin. Baptism is for the remission of sins and in being baptized one washes away his sins. Repentance, which precedes baptism, is a change of mind a determination no longer to sin and a determination to live according to God's will.

It is not enough to obey the gospel and then return to or continue in sin. In verse 18 Paul tells the Corinthians to, "Flee fornication." One must continue to flee sin! Our bodies are not made for sin but for the Lord. Any of the sins listed above that the Corinthians had been guilty of prior to their obedience to the gospel might be mentioned here. We must flee all sin. We cannot be drunkards nor revilers nor fornicators, etc. It surprises me that some brethren think that they can engage in such sins after obeying the gospel. Is it that they do not take sins seriously? Is it that they believe the Lord will overlook sin now that we are in Christ? Just what makes them think they can do these things and be saved in spite of their sinning.

The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God! What a fearful thought. We think of the many desires we have on earth and we determine to have them. It may be food, shelter and clothing or it may be things of pride, honor and power, things that men want on earth. But the cost of these things may indeed be our soul. If we sin in gaining these things or in gaining things that are sinful in themselves we shall not inherit the kingdom of God!Think seriously about what is really important to you. Is it things of this earth or is it life eternal with the Lord? Flee sin!

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