Lives are changed through purifying powers of gospel

Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. - 1 Cor. 6:9-10.President Spencer W. Kimball noted that the next statement Paul made to the Corinthians is comforting as well as clarifying:

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. - 1 Cor. 6:11.

"This is the great secret," President Kimball wrote in The Miracle of Forgiveness. "Some of those who inherit the kingdom may have committed such grievous sins but are no longer in those categories. They are no longer unclean, having been washed, sanctified and justified. Paul's hearers had been in those despicable categories, but having now received the gospel with its purifying, transforming powers they were changed."

Articles on this page may be used in conjunction with the Sunday School course of study on the New Testament, lesson No. 32.

Information compiled by Gerry Avant

Sources: Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness; Neal A. Maxwell, Meek and Lowly; and Leaun G. Otten and C. Max Caldwell, Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants.

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