No inheritance (Eph. 5:5)

“Be sure of this,

That no fornicator

Or impure person,

Or one who is greedy,

That is an idolater,

Has any inheritance

In the kingdom of Christ

And of God.”

τοῦτο γὰρ ἴστε γινώσκοντες, ὅτι πᾶς πόρνος ἢ ἀκάθαρτος ἢ πλεονέκτης, ὅ ἐστιν εἰδωλολάτρης, οὐκ ἔχει κληρονομίαν ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ Θεοῦ.

Paul said, “Be sure of this (τοῦτο γὰρ ἴστε γινώσκοντες), no fornicator (ὅτι πᾶς πόρνος), impure person (ἢ ἀκάθαρτος), or one who is greedy (ἢ πλεονέκτης), that is an idolater (ὅ ἐστιν εἰδωλολάτρης), has any inheritance (οὐκ ἔχει κληρονομίαν) in the kingdom (ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ) of Christ (τοῦ Χριστοῦ) and of God (καὶ Θεοῦ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word πόρνος, that means a fornicator or man who prostitutes himself, and the word πλεονέκτης, that means one desirous of having more, a covetous or avaricious person, as well as the word εἰδωλολάτρης, that means an image worshiper, a server of an image or idol.  Paul reminded the Christians at Ephesus that they could be sure that no fornicator, impure, or greedy person would inherit the kingdom of God.  There should be no doubt that certain actions disqualified people from the eternal inheritance promised by God through Jesus Christ.  These actions were those of a fornicator, or impure person.  Paul then added the actions of a greedy person were like an idolater.  Within the Hebrew tradition, idolatry was considered adultery because it was turning to another god instead of Yahweh.  If we loved the world and all its many desires more than God, we were idolaters.  Being greedy was like adultery, pretending to serve God but serving you own various desires.  Are you a greedy person?

No inheritance (Mic 2:5-2:5)


You will have no one

To cast the line

By lot

In the assembly

Of Yahweh.”

When the Israelites would be restored to their land, these evil wicked people would have no one to cast a lot for them in the redistribution of their land within the assembly of Yahweh.