1 Corinthians 6:11

And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
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Ambrosiaster

AD 400
The Corinthians had received all the benefits of purity in their baptism, which is the foundation of the truth of the gospel. In baptism the believer is washed clean from all sins and is made righteous in the name of the Lord, and through the Spirit of God he is adopted as God’s child. With these words, Paul is reminding them how great and how special is the grace which they have received in the true tradition. But afterward, by thinking which is contrary to this baptismal rule of faith, they had stripped themselves of these benefits. For this reason he is trying to bring them back to their original way of thinking, so that they can recover what they had once received. Commentary on Paul’s Epistles. ...

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Paul says that they have been changed for the better, not so as to lose concupiscence altogether, a condition never realized in this life, but so as to not obey the desire to sin.

Clement Of Alexandria

AD 215
"And such were some of you"-such manifestly as those still are whom you do not forgive; "but ye are washed"

Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
But ye are washed . . . by the Spirit of our God. Ye were justified in baptism by the Holy Spirit. So Chrysostom, Theophylact, Å’cumenius. S. Cyprian gives a beautiful example of this washing and change of character, produced in his own case by being baptized into Christianity, in Ephesians 2 , to Donatus, in which he candidly confesses what sort of man he was before his baptism, what a sudden change passed over him through the grace of baptism, and what benefits Christianity conferred upon him, which, as he says, "is the death of vices, the life of virtues." Nazianzen (Orat. Funebr. in Laudem S. Cypr.) says the same, and relates his wonderful conversion, and the change of heart and life which baptism wrought in him. ...

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
And again: "But ye are washed, but ye are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

Irenaeus of Lyons

AD 202
And such were some of you; but ye have been washed, but ye have been sanctified in the name of our Lord."

John Chrysostom

AD 407
In a way to abash them exceedingly, he adds this: as if he said, Consider from what evils God delivered us; how great an experiment and demonstration of loving-kindness He afforded us! He did not limit His redemption to mere deliverance, but greatly extended the benefit: for He also made you clean. Was this then all? Nay: but He also sanctified. Nor even is this all: He also justified. Yet even bare deliverance from our sins were a great gift: but now He also filled you with countless blessing. And this He has done, In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; not in this name or in that: yea also, In the Spirit of our God. Knowing therefore these things, beloved, and bearing in mind the greatness of the blessing which has been wrought, let us both continue to live soberly, being pure from all things that have been enumerated; and let us avoid the tribunals which are in the forums of the Gentiles; and the noble birth which God has freely given us, the same let us preserve to the end. For t...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Paul says this to make the Corinthians feel ashamed of themselves. He asks them to think about the great evils from which God had delivered them. But God did not limit his salvation to mere deliverance. He greatly extended the benefit by making them clean, by going on to make them holy and finally by making them righteous in his sight. Even bare deliverance from our sins would have been a great gift, but God has gone on from that to fill us with countless blessings. ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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