Is Your Body The Lord's?
- SCRIPTURE READING:
Corinthians 6:12-20 = "All things
are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient:
all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought
under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the
belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.
Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord;
and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised
up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?
shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them
the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye
not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?
for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is
joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication.
Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but
he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own
body.  What? know ye not that your body is the temple
of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of
God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought
with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and
in your spirit, which are God's."
THIS PASSAGE DEALS
WITH A PARTICULAR SIN, NAMELY FORNICATION.
- In plain terms the apostle rebukes
fornication "Flee fornication" (I
- However, the apostle lays down
an emphasis on the sacredness of body and how it should
IN THIS PARTICULAR
STUDY WE WILL CONCENTRATE ON VERSES
Corinthians 6:19-20. = "What? know
ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are
not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which
- YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE [I
Comment: This calls attention to two questions:
Who is bought?
What was the price?
- The ones purchased "Ye"
- Specifically the Corinthians
Christians to whom Paul was writing.
- Generally the Christians all
over the world.
- The purchased price "with
- A great price.
- God gave His Son.
3:16 = "For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life."
- The Son gave himself.
20:28 = "Take heed therefore
unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the
which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to
feed the church of God, which he hath purchased
with his own blood."
5:9 = "And they sung a new song,
saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to
open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and
hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every
kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;"
- In the price we see the Lord
- The ransom.
Timothy 2:6 = "Who gave himself
a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
- The ransomer.
2:14 = "Who gave himself for
us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and
purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of
- The great price reveals to us:
- Gods divine estimate
- The love of God for man.
5:6-8 = "For when we were yet
without strength, in due time Christ died for
the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man
will one die: yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die. But God commendeth
his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us."
- The awfulness of the sin or
transgression from God.
- THE RESULT OF THE PURCHASE: "YE
ARE NOT YOUR OWN" [I
14:7-9 = "For none of us liveth to
himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we
live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we
die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die,
we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died,
and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of
the dead and living."
The ones purchased belong to the purchaser, and
the divine ownership involves two things.
- Your body is not your own to
injure, to abuse, or waste in shameful living.
The prodigal son who wasted his substance with
- Your are not your own to hire
out to another master.
6:24 = "No man can serve two
masters: for either he will hate the one, and love
the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Corinthians 7:23 = "Ye are bought
with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
- You are not your own savior
Timothy 1:12 = "For the which
cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I
am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed,
and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which
I have committed unto him against that day."
- You are not your own provider
we are fed by the Shepherd..
23:1 = "The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want."
- You are not your own guide
We are led by the Word of God.
119:105 = "Thy word is a lamp
unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
8:12 = "Then spake Jesus again
unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life."
- You are not your own protector
46:1 = "God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble."
- You are not your own rewarder
6:23 = "For the wages of sin
is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord."
- CONCLUSION: "GLORIFY GOD IN
Note: We are
to pay honor, reverence and dignity to whom and how.
- THE OBJECT WE ARE TO GLORIFY
- The omnipotent God unlimited
power, ability and authority.
- The omnipresent God present
everywhere at once.
- The omniscient God universal
knowledge, and infinitely wise.
- The loving Father He gave
us His Son.
- THE INSTRUMENT TO BE USED TO GLORIFY
GOD "IN YOUR BODY"
- Glorify God in an obedient body.
3:17 = "And whatsoever ye do in
word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Peter 1:13-15 = "Wherefore gird
up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the
end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at
the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves according to the former
lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called
you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;"
- Glorify God in a working body.
2:12 = "Wherefore, my beloved,
as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only,
but now much more in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling."
Thessalonians 2:16-17 = "Now our
Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father,
which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting
consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your
hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work."
- Glorify God in a dedicated body.
12:1 = "I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service."
16:24 = "Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, If any man will come after me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."
- Glorify God in a well-controlled
(this is temperance) body.
- We are to add this to knowledge
according to 2
Peter 1:6 = "And to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
- This was discussed with Felix
by Paul in Acts
24:25 = "And as he reasoned of
righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come
Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this
time; when I have a convenient season, I will call
- THE BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE SPIRIT:
Corinthians 1:19 = "What? know ye
not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your
- For this reason we should keep
it clean and beautiful and ready for service.
- For this reason we should keep
it without spot, wrinkle or any blemish.
5:27 = "That he might present it
to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or
wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be
holy and without blemish"
- You cannot glory God in your
spirit without glorifying God in your body.
- You cannot glory God in your
body without glorifying God in your spirit.
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