NO REVILER SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM (Video)
Not many people realize the verse that tells us that no reviler shall inherit the kingdom. The video above is based on a little-noticed word in the Bible that is extremely critical to our sanctification. As a matter of fact, Sha’ul (Paul) says if we do it we cannot enter the kingdom.
1Co 6:9 — 1Co 6:10
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of Elohim? 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 Elohim.
SAVED AND FREE TO SIN?
Some believers erroneously believe that once they “believe” in “Jesus'” they are forever saved. Even if they still live in sin, no worries, once saved, they are always saved.
That is understandable because it is a carnal doctrine that fits very nicely into our carnal, sinful nature.
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Imagine, I can continue living as I was before accepting the Messiah, no conversion needed, no sacrifice, no shunning of the world, no holiness required. Just “believe” in “Jesus” and just like that, you have booked your ticket for the kingdom.
Is that what the Bible says?
Today I look at one word, yes, one word.
10 SINS THAT WILL KEEP US OUT OF THE KINGDOM
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, the Apostle Sha’ul looks at ten (10) acts of sin that will keep us out of the kingdom. Each act of sin that he listed has deep implications.
So if one is saved and goes back to living as any of these, he cannot enter the kingdom. Once saved always saved?
NO REVILER SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM
The video above looks at just one of the ten barriers to the kingdom, a little known or understood word: REVILERS.
Ask people the meaning of revilers, most don’t even know. In fact, when I was first asked what it meant by a former pastor while I was in Churchianity, I confused it with reveler! But when I looked at the meaning, this sin took on a whole different meaning.
MEANING OF REVILE
Now here is the meaning of “reviler” from dictionary.com:
To revile is to criticize in an abusive or hostile way, or to spread negative information about.
(When you verbally attack someone and call him names and say mean things, this is an example of a time when you revile).
To attack (someone) with abusive language.
To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
REVILING IS NOT AN EASY SIN TO OVERCOME
As you can see from the meanings, being a reviler is no easy sin to overcome. It actually requires the full fruit of the Ruach (Spirit) to not revile in certain difficult circumstances.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Without the fruit of the Ruach, we are powerless to not respond to hurtful words.
Indeed, if someone abuses you, it means you will have to humbly take the abuse without responding if it means you will verbally attack the person in return. If you cannot say a passive or kind word, responding will land you into a transgression.
This shows the need to always be filled with Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).
THE MESSIAH IS OUR EXAMPLE: THE IMPORTANCE OF ABIDING IN HIM
1Co 4:11 — 1Co 4:13
Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: BEING REVILED, WE BLESS; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
1Pe 2:21 — 1Pe 2:23
For even hereunto were ye called: because the Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
Who, WHEN HE WAS REVILED, REVILED NOT AGAIN; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
So HaMashiach is our example; hence why he told us that we MUST ABIDE IN HIM:
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
What does it mean to abide in him?
1Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
And what if we do not abide in him?
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
BLESSING FOR BEING REVILED (AND TAKING IT PATIENTLY)
But it is not all bad. No reviler shall inherit the kingdom, but there is actually a blessing for being reviled!
Mat 5:11 — Mat 5:12
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Rejoice! Being reviled for righteousness’ sake is actually a blessing.
So next time someone says something hurtful and you want to hit back verbally at the person, just remember HaMashiach. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return. So instead of sinning by responding harshly, take the hurtful feeling, say something nice (not sarcastic), forgive and receive a blessing from above!
What about if I say in anger to a person that he is wicked for using filthy ways like saying another person over internet is a whore but actually he means me? Does this mean I revile while it is correct that he is wicked for that?
There are 3 main things to get from your question. First of all, speaking the truth is not reviling. When the Messiah likened the scribes and pharisees to whited sepulchres (Mat 23:27), he was not reviling.
Reviling speaks of damaging or mocking speech that has malicious intent. So if the Messiah had said the same thing with the intention of hurting or mocking the pharisees, he would have reviled. Instead he started the statement with “Woe unto you,” which means he was giving them a warning.
Secondly, you said the person called another a whore but he actually means you. How do you know he meant you? That is judging the person, possibly wrongfully, and acting on that judgment when you called the person wicked. You have become judge, jury and executioner. What does the bible say?:
Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith YHWH. And again, YHWH shall judge his people.
It gets even worse if that person is not a brother/sister in Messiah, in which case you have no right to judge that person according to 1 Cor 5:12-13.
Thirdly, your response was in anger. An angry response is very risky because:
Jas 1:19 – 20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of Elohim.
An angry response is therefore most likely to be an unrighteous (sinful response).
So therefore, in your case, your best response would be to abide in Messiah and conform to his image (Rom 8:29)…
1 Pe 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Hope that will lead you to answer your own question as I simply want the Ruach (Spirit), not me, to do its work.
Good article. It’s something I’ve been studying on my own for some time. I’ve seen it in pastors, lay people, and in families. People do not take verbal, emotional, psychological, spiritual abuse seriously. God cares when we are wounded or wound others. Even in the psalms many prayers say deliver me from evil men who kill my (nephesh), means body, soul,ambitions. God hates abuse, we can murder people’s souls w words not just if we physically harm them. People are precious in Gods sight & this is not ok.
I would like to know your thoughts on 1 Corinthians 5:11 in light of this. I feel most churches allow verbal, emotional and psychological abuse to continue, and minimize it’s damage. I’ve never heard any teachings on this, but as I read this, I take it seriously for my own life, as well as for the purification of the church. And I feel that verbal abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, warrants a type of church discipline, especially when it is unrepented of, and people are being terrorized by it in a home, or workplace, or church, when the perpetrator is a believer.
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one.
I will be frank in saying that the church of today is a false institution. It bears no resemblance whatsoever to the assembly of the Bible. In the true assembly, the sins of our brothers (who are those in the assembly) are not tolerated nor accepted. See also 2 Thess 3:14-15
Therefore, reviling brothers would be shunned so as to make them aware of their sins and repent. Unfortunately, this is not how it works today. We over-emphasize and misunderstand “judge not,” so that there is little or no shunning or rebuking in most of our assemblies.
The result? Most of the modern churches are packed with iniquity workers who are left to feel comfortable in their iniquities as they are still accepted in the “church” as sinners.