Lesson Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Key Lesson Theme: “Sanctified”
Today's Lesson: Monday, March 23
1 Corinthians 6:9-20
9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males,
10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.
11 And some of you used to be like this. 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.
12 “Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything.
13 “Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will do away with both of them. However, the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14 God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
15 Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not!
16 Don’t you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh.
17 But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
18 Flee sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body.
19 Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
20 for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.
The Bible Meets Life
Holiness is a word people associate primarily with God or things they deem highly religious. Yet all Christians are called to a life of holiness—of being set apart. In our culture of self-improvement, many Christians fall into the trap of thinking that being holy—sanctified—is just another do-it-yourself effort. While we play a part in our sanctification, it is a work God does in our lives as we follow Him.
While First Corinthians includes some profound doctrinal discussion, it is a letter that responds to some alarming lifestyle issues. In the first eight verses of chapter 6, Paul dealt with a particular problem in the Corinthian church; that of fellow believers taking one another to court, and before pagan judges. Paul denounced the practice. Thus, he transitioned to remind his readers of the difference between those who were in right relationship with God and those who were not. God is holy. Believers are to live holy lives consistent with God’s holiness and character. Another major breach was seen in their illicit sexual behavior. That behavior is at the heart of the instruction Paul provided in the verses to be studied in this session.
Until tomorrow Saints... Every day is Sunday