I’m guessing that when you think of your body, it’s not common that the first thing that comes to your mind is God’s glory? I know that’s not how I typically think. Yet, the later half of
1 Corinthians 6 points us to that very truth. Paul is highlighting for the church that we can use our bodies to bring God glory. In short: We use our bodies to reflect the glory and supremacy of Jesus.
1. We Recognize the Limitations of “Freedom”: v.12
In this first verse, Paul is attempting to help the Corinthians to see clearly about their thinking. A common quote of their day, “All things are lawful for me,” Paul uses to highlight a couple of truths around their misconception of freedom. He points out that freedom isn’t always helpful and that it will lead to slavery. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean that we should. Further, the freedom that the Corinthians found so precious held the possibility of dominating or enslaving them. We are all ruled or driven by something. That will be Christ, or it will be something in us. There are limitations in our freedom, and that extends to our bodies and how we use them.
2. We Know Our Body is for the Lord: v.13-17
Paul continues along this argument by bringing up the notion that our body is actually for the Lord. He talks about the fact that our body has a specific purpose or function, and that function is to glorify God in the use of our bodies. He does this by highlighting the fact that we are members with Christ and we are one with Christ. He is saying that for us to use our bodies in sexually immoral ways, joins or “unions” us with a prostitute and not Christ. He’s pressing them (and us) to consider who it is that rules us: is Jesus our ruler and am I joined to Him, or is immorality my ruler and I’m joined to that? When we understand that our body is for the Lord, it enables us to use it in a way that brings glory to Him!
3. We Know Our Body Belongs to the Lord: v.18-20
Not only is our body for the Lord, but our body belongs to the Lord. Paul is very clear about this at the end of chapter 6. He tells us that we are not our own, we’ve been bought with a price. Because our bodies belong to God, it’s His right and prerogative to tell us how to use them. Given that, God tells us to flee from immorality. In short, our bodies aren’t meant for immorality and they certainly don’t bring glory to God in immorality, therefore we should flee from it. Additionally, we are to glorify God in our body. It may be helpful to consider that when thinking about our bodies and the fact that they don’t belong to us, that we are stewards of our body. In the same way that we will account for how we managed God’s time, money and resources that He has entrusted to us, we will do the same with our bodies.
As we closed our time together, we wanted to give some specific handles to help us think through sexuality in a healthy, gospel-oriented way. Below are the five items that we laid out. Additionally, we were blessed to have Chris and Cindy Kinney share their story in the service. I would strongly encourage you to listen to the sermon audio if you didn’t get to hear them.
Seeing Sexuality through a Biblical Lens:
- God is the Author of sex and sexuality.
- We find our identity in Jesus, not our sexuality.
- Sex is a good gift in its proper context.
- Sexual distortion can be redeemed.
- Healthy sexuality requires honesty.
In closing our time out, we identified some people who would be great individuals to be honest with. I want to include their names and emails in this, so you can reach out to them if God is leading you to bring this issue into the light. Of course, I would be happy to speak with you; but let me give you their info as well, if they would be a better fit for you.