1 Corinthians 6:12–20 (NKJV)
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.1 Corinthians 6:12-20
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 harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Paul moves from the admonition not to take a brother to court to this discussion of sexual sin. He revisits thoughts of liberty and reiterates his right to do or have many things, but determines not to be in bondage to any of those things. He then names food as a thing with which not to be bound, and then speaks of sexual immorality as another practice from which to be free. Paul’s further discussion revolves around the reasoning behind keeping one’s body and spirit free: they belong to Christ! Our bodies are his domain, therefore we should not give His property away. We have a choice: join our members to God in holiness, or join our bodies to a lover in sin. Be one spirit with God, not anyone else. If you will join with God as one, you will flee sexual immorality. Sexual immorality is the one sin that can affect one’s own body. If you would be whole, you will treat your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because your body has been purchased by the price of Jesus’ life. Therefore, we must glorify God in our body, and live in a way that shows our love and allegiance to Jesus Christ. Live in such a way that all know your appreciation and honor of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
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