LETTER: Consider content, context and purpose
To the Editor:
The Bible verses that Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson quoted, and so many have since misinterpreted, are from 1st Corinthians 6:9-10: “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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” The most important conclusion to these verses was left out, and is found in the verse that follows: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” ...
The first epistle of Corinthians was written by the Apostle Paul to these new believers who had been converted by the power of the Gospel, which Paul had earlier brought to the spiritually dark and sinful city of Corinth. Though new believers, their old nature was still controlling their behavior in this evil culture. Paul said they were still carnal or fleshly in nature. They needed to grow up in Christ and allow God’s Holy Spirit which they had received to assume control of their souls. Their minds needed to be transformed by the Word of God, and their lives changed in godly sanctification.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are —1 Cor. 3:16-17. Paul admonishes that immorality must be judged and encourages them to glorify God in body and spirit. But the heart of his letter is found in Chapter 13: agape love — the desired motivation for their every word, thought and deed.
1st Corinthians — all of God’s Word — is alive; it accomplishes what God desires. Consider content, context and purpose as you study God’s Word for a true, unbiased understanding of God. Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God — 1 Corinthians 2:9-10.
Robert A. Watson