1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Or 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.
Paul is concluding this section to tell the Corinthians gospel truths as to why to avoid sexual immorality. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, Jesus was raised up by the Father and as believers we will be raised in Christ and united as one with Him. The Father paid full price for my soul with the blood of Jesus and this is the greatest sacrifice of all and for that we should be grateful and live in response. The union to Christ, with the Holy Spirit indwelling, gives us power to overcome temptation throughout our walk.
The popular statement in our society, “It is my body, I can do what I want – I’m not hurting anyone” is directly opposed to the gospel truth that Paul is sharing with the church at Corinth. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior, our bodies are united with Christ. Our bodies are a new creation in Christ and we are to live a life for Christ. Sexual sin is not only sin against our own body but sin against Christ. Our bodies, temples with the Holy Spirit in us, should be used in self-sacrifice rather than self-gratification to give the glory to God in all we do.
Thank you for paying for my soul so I am united with you in Christ. Let the power of the Holy Spirit within me guide me to be grateful for your grace and live a life to glorify you.