Daily Bible Nugget #551, 1 Corinthians 6:11

The Nugget:

1 Corinthians 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 6:11 And these things some of you used to be! But you washed yourselves, but you were made holy, but you were made righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (LNT, Lavender New Testament)

My Comment:

There is much to be learned by comparing and contrasting the two English translations I have shared above. I have placed the explanatory notes from the Lavender New Testament in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury notes and cross references for this verse, 1 Corinthians 6:11. Do study these notes and references very carefully. They will help you determine the answer to the important question, “Do I have the real thing?”

From the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury:

1 Corinthians 6:11

such were some of you. or, some of you used to be (LNT). Gr. ēte. Used to be translates the force of the imperfect tense, representing action that went on in past time. Note that some of the Corinthians used to be fornicators, homosexuals, covetous, drunkards, etc. (1Co 6:9, 10, 11), but not any longer!

They had an experience with God in which they were made holy, made righteous.

The Christian life consists in a creative act of God which is transformational, regenerative, resulting in a new creation! (Cf. 2Co 5:17, 18; Gal 6:15 and notes).

And not an as if salvation or imputed righteousness where one is considered to be what one is not, or holiness on the other side of the grave (cf. Joh 17:17 and notes).

The urgency and burden of Paul’s point here is that if one is still what they used to be, they will not inherit the kingdom of God! (1Co 6:9, 10).

If one’s experience does not bring transformation and deliverance from sin, it is false to the Scriptures and not saving (cf. Mat 18:3; Rom 5:1; Rom 6:6, 7; Rom 6:14; Rom 6:22; Eph 4:24; Eph 5:3, 4, 5, 6, 7; Col 3:9, 10; Tit 2:14; Tit 3:5, 6, 7; Jas 1:26; 1Jn 3:7, 8, 9, 10).

Reader, mark it well, there is no salvation apart from transformation!

If you are what you have always been, you are not saved.

So Paul’s used to be statements (1Co 12:2; Rom 6:17; Rom 6:20; Rom 7:5; Eph 2:3; Eph 5:8) mean that the one having entered into the new life in Christ has left the sinful past behind—Done! Finished! Over!

Paul said in 1Co 12:2 : “…you used to be pagans…led to these mute idols…being led astray.” They used to be, but not any longer!

It is not possible to be a pagan and a Christian at the same time. Paul himself was (used to be) “…a blasphemer and persecutor and violent man…” (1Ti 1:13), but it was over when he met Jesus on the Damascus road (cf. 1Ti 1:15 and note).

It may be said of Jesus that He used to be in the tomb, but He is not now! (cf. 1Co 15:17 and note). And so anyone who is a Christian is able to say it used to be with reference to the sinful past.

It is not possible for one to go through the processes of godly sorrow and come out on the other side of repentance unto salvation, and defend the doctrine of sinning religion (2Co 7:10 and notes) [LNT, fn r]. 1Co 5:8; 1Co 12:2, Lev 6:7; =Lev 13:2; =Lev 13:3; Lev 14:3; Lev 14:48, Deut 10:19, Psa 68:13; Psa 68:18, +*Isa 29:24, Zec 3:4, Mat 9:13; Mat 21:29, Joh 5:4; Joh 20:23, Rom 6:17, 18, 19; Rom 11:30, *Eph 2:1, 2, 3; +*Eph 2:11, 12, 13; *Eph 2:19; Eph_4:17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22; Eph 4:28; Eph 5:8, Col 1:13; Col 1:21; *Col 3:5, 6, 7, *Tit 3:3, 4, 5, 6, 1Pe 4:2, 3, *2Pe 1:4.

but ye are washed. Gr. apolouō (S# G628), to wash thoroughly. or, But you washed yourselves (LNT). You washed yourselves, apelousasthe, correctly translates the force of the middle voice. By their own act they turned from sin in synergistic cooperation with God. Thus both God and man have a part in man’s salvation as expressed here by the middle voice, as well as the passive: you were made holy, hēgiasthēte, and you were made righteous, edikaiōthēte, are both aorist passive indicatives. The aorist shows punctiliar action, completed action, and the passive shows the subject as receiving the action, being acted upon by an outside force, i.e., God (LNT, fn s). =Exo 29:4; Exo 30:19, Lev 8:6; Lev 11:40; Lev 15:28; Lev 22:6, *2Ki 5:10, 2Ch 4:6, Psa 51:2; Psa 51:7, Pro 30:12, Isa 1:16, Jer 4:14, Eze 16:9; *Eze 36:25, 26, 27, Dan 12:10, Zec 13:1, Joh 13:5; Joh 13:8; Joh 13:10; Joh 19:34, +*Act 22:16 g. **Eph 5:26, **Tit 3:5, +*Heb 10:22, 1Pe 3:21, 1Jn 1:9, +*Rev 1:5; +*Rev 1:6; *Rev 7:14.

but ye are sanctified. Note: We have here an instance, as Dr. Whitby remarks, of the Figure called Hyperbaton (FS101, Deut 32:42), by which the words are transposed from their plain grammatical order; for we “are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus;” and “sanctified by the Spirit of our God,” as in Phm 1:5. *+1Co 1:2; *+1Co 1:30, Exo 19:10, *Psa 4:3, Zec 14:21, *Joh 17:17, +*Act 20:32; +*Act 26:18, *Rom 6:19; *Rom 6:22; Rom 15:16, 2Co 1:1; *2Co 6:17, *Gal 5:22; *Gal 5:23, *1Th 4:3; *1Th 5:22, 23, 24, *2Th 2:13, *2Ti 2:21; *2Ti 2:22, *Tit 2:12, *Heb 2:11; *Heb 10:9; *Heb 10:10; *Heb 13:12; *Heb 13:13, *1Pe 1:2; *1Pe 1:22, 1Jn 1:7.

but ye are justified. FS18, +Deut 28:4. Deut 27:9, *Job 25:4, Isa 40:2; Isa 45:25; *Isa 53:11, Luk 7:47; *Luk 18:14; Luk 19:9, +*Act 13:39; Act 18:10, *Rom 3:24; *Rom 3:26, 27, 28, 29, 30; Rom 4:5; *Rom 5:1; *Rom 5:9; *Rom 5:16; *Rom 5:20; +*Rom 8:30; +*Rom 8:33; Rom 9:30, *Gal 2:16; Gal 3:8; Gal 3:11; Gal 3:24, *Tit 3:7, Jas 2:21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26.

in the name. **+Joh 20:31, +Act 2:21.

Spirit. Gr. pneuma, +Mat 3:16, Joh 3:5, 1Ti 3:16.

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One Response to Daily Bible Nugget #551, 1 Corinthians 6:11

  1. ken sagely says:

    i have always been encouraged by 1 co 6.11 particularly the cross refs for this verse!

    under the word ” washed” rev 1.5 and from jesus christ, who is the
    the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings
    of the earth. unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood!!!!

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