“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
God does three things for us at the moment of salvation: wash, sanctify, and justify.
And such were some of you.
The Corinthian church was full of the ex-immoral, ex-extortioners, ex-adulterers. Not all were guilty of all of these things, but “some” were. The saint’s past is automatically the sinner’s present. A proof of Christianity is its power to change lives.
There is supernatural, radiant power in Christianity.
Some of us have a sense of despair when we think of the evil forces dominating the world of our day. We need to remember that, when Paul moved into the Roman world with his light and heavy gospel artillery, the world of his day was deeper in sin than even our day. Yet the gospel changed lives radically in the face of overwhelming odds. Men cannot change themselves, but Christ can change them. The power of the gospel and the power of Christ is still the same today.
Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.