Archive for November 25th, 2019

1 Corinthians 6:13-15

In 1 Corinthians 6:13-15 Paul continues his teaching to the church in Corinth about sexual immorality. The people there had a motto around food and giving their stomach whatever it wanted to eat. They had the same view around sex, but Paul quickly calls out that the two are very different and they can’t take an irrelevant thinking about food restrictions and apply it to sexual conduct. There is no relationship between the two.  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” – and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”

Some think that God made us sexual beings and it’s His fault that we have these struggles around sex. That isn’t how God created man – but Adam messed things up in the Garden of Eden and sin has had its fingers in this area of mankind ever since. God’s design was and is for sexual purity. Sex was never intended for our use any way we desire. There is a price that must be paid when we choose to use our body for sexual immorality. We will stand before God someday and give account for the choices we made regarding our sexual conduct. That result can be lifted into His presence or separated for eternity. But God will ask for us to address our sin, and sexual misconduct will be one of those areas. “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.” He’ll raise us to eternal life. The only question is where we’ll spend it.

The people at Corinth had separated their sexual conduct from their faith and relationship with Jesus. They had compartmentalized the two and made the distinction that there was no connection. That is a very wrong thought process. As Christ Followers, we are members of of His body – the church. When we choose to commit sexual immorality, we disgrace the entire body and link it to sin. This isn’t merely true of sexual sin, but any sin. Yet Paul calls out the issue of the Corinthian church around sex because it was blatant and widespread during that day. We should remember that God indeed is the creator and designer of sex. In itself, sex is a gift of God and part of His plan for mankind. “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 prostitute? Never!”

The problem comes when we don’t treat it the way God intended. In their sexual relationship, a husband and wife become “one flesh” in a way that is under God’s blessing. In sex outside of marriage, the partners become “one flesh” in a way that is under God’s curse. Since we belong to Jesus – body, soul, and spirit – we have no right to give any part of our self away to an “unauthorized” person. Wiersbe wrote ““Sex outside of marriage is like a man robbing a bank: he gets something, but it is not his and he will one day pay for it. Sex within marriage can be like a person putting money into a bank: there is safety, security, and he will collect dividends.”

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