Archive for October 17th, 2017

1 Corinthians 6

1 Corinthians 6 has Paul dealing with misunderstandings in the church.  People were suing one another and Paul challenges them to stop and consider the impact it was having on others around them.  Our witness as a Christ Follower is an important thing to think about.  Paul says “To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you”.  When we act selfishly with one another, it tarnishes the name of Christ and His church.  We need to realize that our witness is one of the most important things we have to protect and live out transparently.

When we came to know Christ, our life was changed forever.  “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”.  Coming to Jesus changes everything.  We need to realize that through His shed blood, we have been freed from sin.  And as such, Paul reminds us that “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything”.  There was a four question test as to whether an activity or action would be right to do:

  1. Is it helpful? (1 Cor 6:12)
  2. Will it enslave me? (1 Cor 6:12)
  3. Could it cause another to stumble? (1 Cor 8:13)
  4. Does it glorify God? (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Four great questions we can ask ourselves before making a decision.

Paul ends by reminding us that as Christ Followers, our body is not our own.  “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and  the Lord for the body”.  We were bought with a price and belong to Jesus.  But it goes further.  Paul says “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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”.  How do we do that?  By living in obedience to His commandments and obeying His Word.  God owns us, and we need to walk in submission to Him!

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