1 Corinthians 6:18-20.. 18 Flee sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.
The Disciples body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore we are to “flee sexual immorality”. Then Paul turned from one cultural image [a temple or sanctuary] to another, slavery. Slaves were bought and sold in the ancient world. Such slaves did not belong to themselves. This was the meaning of Paul’s words, you are not your own. Believers now belong to Christ as their Master. We no longer have authority over our lives, for we belong to Him.
The apostle did not spell out the huge price paid so that believers now belong to Jesus. He had already written in the letter about the centrality of the cross of Jesus for salvation. A Paul wrote to the Romans that Disciples are no longer slaves to sin but are now slaves of God. B The Bible says that the death of Jesus was the way in which those who believe have been purchased: “you were redeemed … not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” C.
Paul began this paragraph with a warning; flee sexual immorality. He ended with an astonishing command; glorify God with your body. Far from our bodies still being the instruments of sin, we are now able to bring praise to Him by using our bodies in ways that compel others to observe that we are united to Christ.
How can I bring glory to God with my body? How can my body be used in a way that causes others to praise God?
Henry Luke 3/18/2018
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