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, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 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. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV
An inheritance is property received from an ancestor, i.e., something of value passed on and received by another. As a Testator, when Jesus died on the Cross, He left those who believe an inheritance—the kingdom of God. Anything or anyone that unlawfully circumvents or uproots your right to receive and enjoy your inheritance is an inheritance cheater. The apostle Paul taught the Corinthians (Text) and the Galatians (Galatians 5:19-21) that people who are living—characteristically—an unrighteous life will not inherit the kingdom of God because they have been cheated. Sin, Satan, and false religious indoctrination will cheat you out of your inheritance.
It is important to rightly divide the Word of God in light of Paul’s teaching. Please notice that in the text above that Paul used the conjunction “neither” to single out two groups of people. “Neither” means “not the one and not the other of the two” (Webster). So, he is referring to two groups that characteristically practice sin—the unrighteous and some believers in the church who continuously practice the sinful vices enumerated in the text above.
So, what does it mean that they will not inherit the kingdom of God? Does it mean they will not go to heaven? “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt 7:1). But rather consider Mark 1:15; Luke 17:21; John 3:3, 5, 12. In each of these passages of Scripture, Jesus says that the kingdom of God is at hand; the kingdom is within you; and, the kingdom can be seen and entered into here on earth (John 3:12). Thus, to inherit the kingdom of God is to receive the blessings of God’s Spirit, His righteousness, and the fruit of the Spirit (Rom. 14:17). Paul confirmed this truth when he wrote to the Galatians, “Now the works of the flesh are evident . . . they which do [practice] such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is . . .” (Gal. 5:19, 21-23). The fruit of the Spirit was directly connected to inheriting the kingdom of God.
The unrighteous who have never accepted Christ and any believer who is practicing sin—living continuously a un-Christ-like life are the ones being cheated out of their inheritance. They are cheated in not being able to enter and enjoy this kingdom of righteous, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17). So, for those cheated out of their inheritance, the question is not whether Christians who practice sin are lost, but rather, are people who practice sin even a Christian? (1 John 3:5-8). Stay woke. Watch and pray. Don’t get cheated!