Righteous people do their utmost to not fall into sin, to not stumble but to be utterly righteous, pure and holy. Sinners don’t care about sin and about righteousness. Many professing Christians are sinners but the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.
We read the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:9 “ 9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
If we REPENT and turn away from our wicked ways and commit to follow and obey Jesus Christ then He forgives our past sins and He justifies us but then we have to live as Jesus Christ commanded. it must be our WAY OF LIVING, righteousness, holiness and obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ, His words as also recorded in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus Christ is the LIGHT of the world and if we accept Him as our Lord and Master and we obey His words He gives the Holy Spirit in us to guide us into all truth. The Holy Spirit lights our way and we walk in the LIGHT of the Spirit of God.
The apostle John wrote in 1 John 1:7 “but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
Once we have repented we cease from sinning, we obey Jesus Christ and we SIN NO MORE. We stay away from unholiness, unrighteousness and we walk in the LIGHT. If we walk in the LIGHT of Jesus Christ, then we will be pure and holy. I read the words of Jesus Christ in John 3:19
“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
Those who love darkness who love sin, they hate the LIGHT, they do not come to the LIGHT. They walk in darkness and that is why they SIN. That is why they are unrighteous.
If we walk in the LIGHT then we will be disciplined and corrected and we will accept the discipline and correction, we will mend our ways so that we can be suitable for the kingdom of God. If we reject the discipline and correction then we will perish. we will get CUT OFF and BURNED.
I read the words of Jesus in 1 John 15:1
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.”
Many believers were once saved, they once followed Jesus Christ but then they turned away and they went back to sin, they are not bearing fruit and if they do not repent of their evil ways and live righteously and holy they will get cut off and burned.
Righteous men may stumble and that is why Jesus prunes them, He corrects them, He disciplines them and they accept that discipline and correction. They mend their ways so that they can be pure and holy and acceptable to Him. Jesus Christ is coming for a pure bride. If we are unrighteous and we do not submit ourselves to Him so that He can cleanse us, purify us, so that we can be PERFECT, pleasing to Him, then we will get cut off and burned. We will be rejected, we will not be suitable for the kingdom of God.
Are we RIGHTEOUS and holy, living in obedience to Jesus Christ or are we SINNERS?
May Jesus bless you.