THURSDAY January 11, 2018
Living in Holiness
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. - 1 Corinthians 6:12-14
Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand that they had liberty to do whatever they wanted to do in life, but they also needed to understand that they should not be brought back into bondage. They should not become like a dog that goes back to his own vomit. Neither should they be like a pig. You can clean a pig but the moment you release him, what does he do? He goes right back to the mud! (2 Peter 2:22).
Paul preferred holiness. He wanted God to use his life. Paul, like an athlete, wanted to run the Christian race and become a winner. He did not want anything to keep him from being free. He wanted to live his life by the grace of God, but wanted nothing sinful to hold him down.
Paul went on to explain that we are the temple of the living God. The Lord lives in us and if we defile the temple of God we will not be effective Christians. We do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Therefore the body is not for sexual immorality. Sex is only for marriage.
Something is wrong with people who remain in sexual sin in the Church. Are they are not getting the message? How can they sit in a service teaching God’s Word without conviction? Understand that God’s blessings will only come through living in holiness as we submit to Him our lives. We need to die to self and walk with Him in newness of life.
Our chastity should be as dear to us as our lives, and we should be as much afraid of that which defiles the body as of that which destroys it.
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