1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20 (ESV)
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
TRUTH IN FOCUS
Christ paid ever so dearly to deliver His people from the penalty of sin. In light of God’s matchless grace demonstrated to His elect in Christ, believers should celebrate the freedom to cultivate acceptable works by faith while striving against sin, detesting it, longing for the day when sin shall be no more! By God’s grace, we must be reminded: “we are not our own. We’ve been bought with a price. Therefore, let us glorify God with our bodies.”
Many in the Corinthian fellowship believed it was acceptable to simply excuse sinful behavior. Others openly and wantonly celebrated their sinfulness for all to see. Rather than dealing honestly with themselves and their sin, they chose to ignore the plain Gospel truth: atonement for sin is why our Lord Christ had to die for His elect people on the cross! Sin is something to be confessed and a scourge that should be fought against at every occasion. It is not to be celebrated as a good thing!
The Corinthians had twisted Christ’s atonement into a license to sin. In celebrating open sin, they sought to use their freedom in Christ to entangle themselves in self-destructive activities. Paul cautioned the Corinthian church against this. He encouraged them to seek to glorify God in their daily walk.
Beloved, we’ve been bought with a price! We are not our own. And this is great news! We are free to cultivate acceptable works as our faith works in love toward God and toward one another.
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Jason K. Boothe serves as Pastor of Horizons Baptist Church of Piketon, Ohio. For more information concerning the ministries of the church, please visit http://www.HorizonsBaptist.org.