Day 62…1 Corinthians 6:12-20:

May 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM 2 comments

I Corinthians 6:12-20: NOT everything is permissible!

Unfortunately Paul had to write to the Corinthian believers because they had misinterpreted what Paul said to them back when he founded the church. So they were using the phrase “everything is permissible”  to prove they had license to live any way they please. Paul uses these verses to set them straight.

v.12, Paul starts this verse with a catchphrase the Corinthian’s had been using to live their life anyway they wanted to: “everything is permissible for me.” But Paul says “but not everything is beneficial” or “good for you.”  And even though we are “allowed to do anything” we must “not become a slave to anything.” Now that’s a mouthful, but Paul simply is saying just because Jesus took away your sins, you can’t live anyway you please. And just because the sin you are committing is not strictly forbidden in Scripture doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. Not every single sin we can commit is recorded in Scripture, but that doesn’t mean we can commit those that aren’t.

Doing drugs in Scripture. There is no where that says “thou shalt not do drugs” but we know doing drugs is wrong and very harmful–that’s just common sense. But if we go along with what the Corinthians were saying and doing we could do drugs as much as we want because there is no where in Scripture it says we can’t. That’s just non-sensical.

v.13-14, Christian freedom had been greatly distorted by the Corinthian believers as they would say “food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” They believed that because the physical activity of eating and digesting food had no effect on their Christian life, neither would other physical activities such as “sexual immorality.”  Paul states it is “true”  the act of eat doesn’t have an effect on your Christian life but “someday God will do away with both” meaning the physical realm will eventually pass away. However, you can’t compare eating to sexual immorality! You can’t commit a sexual sin with your physical body without damaging you soul–they are connected. Then Paul states “God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead” to make the point that God who controls all things, both raised his Son from the dead and will do the same for us placing great value on the physical body God has given us. Paul made this point to prepare for the following discussion as to why the Corinthian believers should not use their bodies for sexual immorality.

v.15-17, Paul touches on a topic that was very near to the Corinthian believers when he mentions joining their bodies to a prostitute in sexual sin, because in Corinth there was a temple to the love-goddess Aphrodite with thousands of prostitutes employed there. And sex was a part of the worship ritual. Paul mentions this to say even if the culture around you accepts such a practice we as believers should not take part in it. WHY? Because our “bodies are actually part of Christ.” Paul wanted the Corinthian believers to see the perversion of using their God-given bodies to sexual sin with a prostitute. Then Paul reminds them that when you commit sexual sins with a prostitute “[you] become one body with her.” Then Paul quotes Genesis 2:24 “the two are united into one” to make his point even stronger because it refers to when a man leaves his family and joins to his wife in marriage, they become one. But the contrast Paul also states is “the person who is joined with the Lord is one spirit with him.” So don’t use your physical body for sexual immorality.

v.18-20, Paul says “run…” , don’t walk, “…from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” Paul says as believers we need to be alert and aware of places where temptation is strong and to use strong evasive action if we find ourselves in a place where we are tempted. So RUN away from sexual sin and any temptation that leads to it! When Paul refers to the body he is not just the speaking of the physical body, he is referring to the whole body–our personality, flesh and whole being. Sexual sin has disastrous effects on our body. There are tons of other sins that effect our body like gluttony, drunkenness but no other sin effects the memory, personality or soul of a person as sexual sin. When you are having intercourse you are united in body with the other person and your spirit is also united with that person. Sexual sin is like not other. Paul even says in v.19 that our “body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God…you don’t belong to yourself. For God bought you with a price. So you must honour God with your body.” In sexual sin we remove ourselves from the control of God and unite ourselves with someone not in HIS PLAN. And by doing so we and that person violate God purpose for our bodies. God bought us with a price, his Son’s death on the cross.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? It is easy for Christians to overlook or tolerate some immoral behaviour (greed, gossip, gluttony, etc) while remaining outraged at others (homosexuality, murder, etc). We must not commit or condone any sin or any kind! And we shouldn’t be selective about what we condemn or excuse. Staying away from ALL SIN should be our standard of living, even if the Bible doesn’t mention that sin in particular. Verse 19 encompasses all sins because it talks about our bodies (as believers) being the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that means we should treat our bodies as if it was his. We should not use our bodies for sin because they belong to God.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Stay away from any form of sexual sin. And if I have a temptation toward such a sin to not allow myself in a situation where that temptation can lead to such a sin. Example, staying away from late night TV and inappropriate site on the internet.

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