The Corinthians

Sexual sin was so prevalent in the ancient city of Corinth that a new Greek verb was invented, corinthiadzomai. That meant to “act like a Corinthian,” which meant “to be sexually immoral.” When they invent a verb to describe your sexual sin, you know it’s bad! Yet, the Apostle Paul preached the message of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection for even the Corinthians. He once wrote, “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Jesus’ saving work made the Corinthians holy brothers in the faith, despite the label of their past.
You, too, may have a label for yourself. Unclean. Sick. Twisted. Dirty. Depraved. Pathetic. Godless. Shameful. Corinthian. But your sin doesn’t get the last word. Jesus came to “seek and to save what was lost” and if your label says “lost” that means Jesus came into this world for you. His blood washes away the ink on your nametag and he himself writes a new name on you, a name that only he can give: Saint. Holy. Perfect. Blameless. Pure. Clean. Loved. Saved.