• Turning from Our Ungrateful Ways Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:9–11

    Paul’s teaching in today’s passage actually leads us to expect that there should be former adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, blasphemers, alcoholics, and others in our congregations. The church of Jesus Christ must not close its door to any sinner who repents and rests in the Savior, for the kingdom of God is open to all who truly repent and believe. Let us proclaim that all who repent and believe are welcome in the kingdom of heaven. View Resource

  • Washed, Sanctified, and Justified Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:11b

    God conveys grace to us through the preaching of the Word and the sacraments, so we must never think of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as empty rites. We cannot understand everything that happens in baptism, for who understands every facet of any of God’s works? But we can expect the Spirit to bless us in a special way that helps us in our Christian growth. If you are a Christian, the Spirit works in you when you witness the baptisms of others. View Resource

  • The Lordship of Christ Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:15–20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, stating that “we are not at our own disposal, that we should live according to our own pleasure.” Unregenerate people are determined to live by their own rules, to seek self-fulfillment at the expense of God’s law. Christians, however, are determined to live by what God has revealed, and they repent when they fail to do so. If Jesus is our Lord, we must actually live under His lordship. View Resource

  • United to Christ and His Body Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:17

    In the comments Calvin made on today’s passage, the great Reformer noted the importance of maintaining our union with Christ with “the utmost chastity and fidelity.” We must not cheat on our husband, the Lord Jesus Christ, by following after other gods or engaging in impenitent sin. In so doing, we strain our union with Him and, thus, our union with other believers. Let us never do anything to impair the communion we have with Christ and others. View Resource

  • Bought with a Price Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:19–20

    We belong to Christ because He owns us, because He bought us out from under the wrath of God and its manifestation in our slavery to sin and Satan. In so doing, He restored the blessed state of ownership that we once experienced when we willingly served the Lord in the garden. As we will see over the course of this year, the Lord’s ownership of us is the determining factor in what we may rightly do, feel, and believe. View Resource