“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
God loves us, but He hates our sin. Sin is an affront to God’s holiness. Unrepentant sinners will not inherit the kingdom of God. In other words, unrepentant sinners, will remain spiritually and physically separated from God for eternity. To be unrighteous means to remain clothed in our unrepentant sin. But, through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, whose Incarnation we will be celebrating in just a few days, God has provided a way that each of us can be reconciled with Him, regardless of what sins we have committed. If we repent from our sins and ask the Lord for forgiveness, by believing and trusting in Him, He will forgive us and we can experience being in God’s presence physically and spiritually for eternity. Apart from blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, there is no sin too great for Him to forgive. Through Christ–by his birth, life, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection–you and I can be clothed in His righteousness and have everlasting life, in the presence of God. You can let that make you angry if you want. As for me, I’d rather rejoice in the hope I have because of the mercy He has chosen to shower upon me.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”