Lesson Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Key Lesson Theme: “Sanctified”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, March 26
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
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.
“Flee from sexual immorality” (NIV, ESV, similarly CSB). Don’t try to be brave; don’t be overconfident; don’t challenge it. Rather, just run away from it. Perhaps Paul, the scholar he was, had in mind the example of young Joseph when tempted by Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:12). Subsequently, Paul would give similar advice to his young protégé Timothy in what would be the last letter the apostle would write (2 Tim. 2:22). The exhortation is still valid. You can’t fall into a hole you don’t go near.
Illicit sexual behavior is not appropriate behavior for a believer since the believer is united with Christ. As believers, our bodies are not our own; they belong to Christ; they are one with Christ. Therefore, sexual immorality not only defiles the individual’s body, it also defiles the body of Christ. When a person is saved, God gives His Holy Spirit, who takes up residence, dwells in the person, making them a new creature and sanctifying, or setting them aside, for godly service. That is what we mean when we speak of the believer as being holy unto the Lord.
What began as a negative discussion about sexual immorality turned into a positive exhortation. Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. We have been set aside for that purpose. Use your body and your spirit, which belong to God, to bring honor to Him. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism states, our chief end in life is “to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.”
What are some lasting truths from 1 Corinthians 6:18-20?
>One way to avoid falling into sin is to stay away from it.
>The body of each believer serves as a sanctuary for God’s presence by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.
>By confessing faith in Christ Jesus, we acknowledge that our lives—mind, body, and spirit—belong to Him.
>God has redeemed us by paying an unthinkable price— His Son to death on the cross.
>Our lives are to be directed toward pleasing God, not satisfying our sensual desires or selfish wants.
Until tomorrow Saints... Every day is Sunday