Lesson Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Key Lesson Theme: “Sanctified”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, March 25
1 Corinthians 6:12-17
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.
“Paul reminded these Christians that when Christ enters a life, He claims title deed to the spirit, soul, and body.” 1 His instruction is relevant for our twenty-first century world and its lax view toward sexual practice. We also can see in his message some general principles for how believers are to live as those set aside in Christ no matter the situation. Thus, we can apply the instruction in these verses at several levels.
“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything.
What a convicting statement that is, with broad application to contemporary thinking that tends to approve doing whatever makes us happy or fulfills a personal desire. The major flaw behind the proverb for believers is thinking that our fleshly appetites and desires have no relationship or effect on our spiritual being. Freedom in Christ is not license to do what we want, but is being set free from Satan, sin, and self to do the will of God. We cannot do God’s will, fulfill His purpose as long as we are enslaved by sin.
The food we eat and our physical being will not last forever. “The fact that God will one day destroy the natural order as it is now known proves that biological functions do not ultimately determine man’s moral obligations. God is the ultimate authority for determining how humans must behave…[H]is Word must regulate how humans live.”
Even though Paul speaks of the body, his overall view of humans is holistic. We are spiritual beings as well. Who we are in our spirit is manifested by what we do in our flesh. We do not have grounds to excuse what we do in our flesh because we see our spiritual being as totally separate. We are designed to bring glory and honor to the Lord in our flesh and in our spirit.
What are some lasting truths from 1 Corinthians 6:12-17?
>Liberty from the demands of the law does not give one license to do whatever he or she desires.
>Believers are not to be driven by physical appetites alone.
>By the cross and the resurrection, believers become part of His body; thus, we are to live according to His will and act as He would act.
Until tomorrow Saints... Every day is Sunday