Hello Sweet Cheer: Scripture Series Week 1: Who are we made to be?

11.14.2011

Scripture Series Week 1: Who are we made to be?

Last week we touched on three things the Bible says we are made to be. This week I’d like to dig a little deeper into each of those things.
If you recall, we talked about how we are created to…
1) Honor God
2) Do good works for the Lord
3) Be a new creation in Christ
Today let’s get more specific about what it means to honor God.
     “Run from sexual immorality! Every sin a person can commit is outside the body. On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” –1 Corinthians 6:18-20 HCSB Study Bible
Other translations use the words; “Therefore Honor God with your body.” (NIV & NLT)
As we look closely at what this verse is saying we find that First Corinthians was written by Paul. This was the second letter he wrote to the church at Corinth. He found out about some of the things that were going on at the church at Corinth so he wrote this letter to address those things. He also received a letter from them as he was writing this one so he addressed their questions and confusions as well. His purpose is writing this letter was to motivate the Corinthians to acknowledge the ownership the Lord has over them and over all believers and what that meant for their lives. The entire book of 1 Corinthians is a huge part of our understanding of the Christian life, ministry, and relationships. (HCSB)
With all that being said, this specific verse is talking about sexual immorality.
The way Paul describes this is that any believer who sins against their own body is assaulting the sanctity of their sacred oneness with Christ AND the oneness of holy matrimony. In lamen terms, sexual immorality before marriage affects not only your relationship with your future spouse but also your relationship with the Lord.
The version I quoted uses the word “run” from sexual sin, the NIV translation says to FLEE from sexual immorality. This means to turn around and escape as fast as you possibly can from this because you cannot conquer it. The Lord asks us to honor Him in many ways, and this is one of them. Your body is a temple, (1 Cor. 6:19) and the Lord requires that we treat it as such.
One thing I want to be sure to mention is forgiveness. As I’ve talked about sexual sin and that we are to flee from it I want to remind you that Jesus Christ covered for our sins. You can be made NEW, you can be washed white as snow if you ask for forgiveness and repent of your sin.
To conclude this post I would just like to remind you to strive to honor God in every aspect of your life, including the one we discussed today. Honor Him in your words, actions, thoughts, and desires.
Encouragement for the day…
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” -Song of Solomon 4:7      (go read the entire passage)
Laterz.

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