1 Corinthians 6:12-20
When we have a broken bone, we are in a sense handicapped.
When we have a stroke, we don’t feel complete.
When lose a limb, we know we are not whole.
All of these physical problems are signs of what life is like when we are not all in to what God has for us. When our desires break faith with God, then we are not all in the Body of Christ. When our mind flits after something attractive, then we are not able to feel the full presence of the Holy Spirit. When we have removed ourselves from the Body of Christ, then the Body of Christ suffers.
Once we have experienced the light that is Jesus, we realize two major points. First, we realize that the Holy Spirit is all in our being. The Holy Spirit of God is moving in us so we shine as the light of the world. The second point is that we are all in the Body of Christ once we are in the light that is Jesus. All we do affects all that is the Body of Christ.
A. For what are we meant? (6:12-17)
1. Not all things are beneficial
2. We need not be dominated by anything
3. Food & our bodies – destroyed, in time
4. Our bodies are meant for the Lord
5. Members of Christ are united with Christ
6. Fornication, sexual immorality (for example, being with a prostitute) is not for members of the body of Christ
a. It is not beneficial
b. It can dominate the believer
c. Being joined to another can divide our loyalty
7. We are meant to be with the Lord. What we do with our bodies affects how we are with Christ. What we do with our bodies affects how we are with the rest of the Body of Christ. Our loyalty, our life, our love is found in Jesus Christ. Anything that distracts our loyalty, our life, or our love keeps us from fully living in the Body of Christ. Why does this matter to us?
B. We are not our own (6:18-20)
1. Shun fornication!
2. Fornication – a sin against the body – yours and the Body of Christ!
3. Your body is a temple of the Lord
4. Glorify God in your body
5. “Devote and employ all ye have, and all ye are, entirely, unreservedly, and forever, to his glory.” – John Wesley (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/wesley/notes.i.viii.vii.html )
6. Since we are not our own, we cannot pursue any thoughts or actions that would hamper our body. We cannot pursue any thoughts or actions that would hamper the Body of Christ. What we do pursue are thoughts and actions that bring glory to God. For it is in our bodies that God the Holy Spirit resides. It is in the Body of Christ that God the Holy Spirit resides.
We cannot be whole if we are pursuing someone who is not filled with the Spirit of Christ.
We cannot be complete if we are tempted to veer away from God.
We handicap ourselves when we think we are alone in this world.
For we are not our own. We do not belong to ourselves. We belong to God. Jesus is the price that was paid for us. It is through Jesus that we belong to God.
Keeping faith with the rest of the Body of Christ is what we do to bring glory to God. It is by being in Christ that we are able to give God the glory he deserves. It is when we are in the light that is Christ that God is glorified.
We hurt the Body of Christ when we pursue fornication. We live as part of the Body of Christ when we shun fornication. God desires us to be all in the Body of Christ. It is for our good that we are in Christ. Be strengthened by the Holy Spirit of God to live all in the Body of Christ. Let us give God glory through our bodies as we lively fully in the Body of Christ.