Can a person be saved and not inherit the kingdom of God?


1 Corinthians 15:50

ESV - 50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Clarify Share Report Asked May 22 2018 Stringio Robert Stewart

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Paul speaks in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 of various actions that characterize those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. These include sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, thievery, greed, drunkenness, reviling [i.e, slandering], and robbery [swindling].

However, Paul also makes clear that this does not refer to anyone who has ever at any time engaged in those actions, since he immediately follows the list by saying to the Corinthians, "And such WERE [emphasis mine] some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."

Christians remain sinful (even after coming to Christ), and will be so as long as they are in this world. However, the difference is that Christians realize the wrongfulness of those actions. They will struggle against them (with the help and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit), and they will repent and seek God's forgiveness through Christ for those occasions when they fall. As they mature in Christ, sin should be progressively less present and evident in their lives. 

Christians are saved by grace through faith in Christ, and not as a result of their own works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Also, only God knows the true spiritual state of any individual. However, if professed Christians habitually, willfully, and unrepentantly engage in sinful behavior, I think Paul is saying that it gives others (as well as the Christians themselves) reason to question whether their profession of faith is genuine, and whether they will inherit eternal life in God's presence.

May 23 2018 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
What Paul is saying is that it Is not our flesh that is saved. When we trust Jesus as our savior we are given the Holy Spirit who seals us for eternal life. Our flesh, our old nature has to die.

When we receive the free gift of salvation by grace, our sin debt has been paid in full. John 3:18 We can no longer be condemned.

But we still reap what we sow. We have passed from death unto life. John 5:24. We have been born of the Spirit. Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; (First Corinthians 15:1-4) in whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed by that Holy Spirit of promise, Who is the earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.

So a born again believer will inherit the Kingdom of heaven. We are saved by faith alone. When we first believed we were given eternal life.

All of those sins named were paid in full for the believer, but not for the unbeliever. 

We are all born spiritually dead, until we believe the Gospel. Then we are made spiritually alive. We now have a new nature, but we still have the old one. A believer can still ruin his life on earth and suffer a loss of rewards in heaven, but he can no longer be condemned because it is our soul/spirit that is saved. The flesh has to die. We all die because of sin. 

Our flesh is from our earthly birth, and our new birth is spiritual. If we go at the rapture we will be changed then. This corruptible will put on incorruptible. Flesh and blood can not enter the Kingdom of God. No sin can enter heaven. So we have to be perfect to enter the kingdom, and since none of us are, our flesh has to die or be changed at the resurrection.

Only our soul/spirit is saved as it has been made white as snow. It is that part of us that is sinless. First John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doeth not commit sin; for His seed, (the Holy Spirit) remaineth in Him, and He (the Holy Spirit) can not sin, because He is born of God.

But we are still in the flesh and still sin. First John 1:8 If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 
God. 24 Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

May 25 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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