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Read Introduction to Galatians

 

“…envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past,

The Boy Scout motto is, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” Paul forewarned the Galatians that the inevitable consequence of those who practice this list of sins is that they would not inherit the kingdom of God. They still had not caught the idea.

Principle:

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Application:

Sexual promiscuity in our day is less shocking than it once was. Homosexual sins are less outrageous. This is because sexual looseness has become pandemic through television, social media, and other forms of communication. Most everyone in our culture grows immune to this deterioration of standards because of the sheer weight of non-Christian information and communication in our society.

Some Christians “practice” some of these sins, at least mentally, every day. They will be shocked at the judgment seat of Christ when Jesus hands out very few rewards to them because they allowed themselves to fall prey to moral deterioration. We can hardly distinguish between the standards of believers and non-believers today.

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