Reading: 1st Corinthians 6: 12-20
Verse Fifteen: “Do you know know that your bodies are members of Christ Himself”?
The believers in Corinth were not quite living a 24/7 faith. They were living a faith that at times was disconnected from daily life. Paul begins today with a statement that sums up this attitude: “Everything is permissible for me”. The Corinthian believers were living however they wanted to, falsely thinking that they body and soul could be separate. They were involved with prostitutes and were trying to say that this just involves the body – the soul is disconnected from this immoral act and therefore remains faithful to God. But Paul reminds them that when one unites with another they become “one flesh”. He reminds them that they are part of the body of Christ and then asks if we should unite Christ with a prostitute. “Never!” is Paul’s answer.
Prostitution is the apparent issue in the church in Corinth, but it is not the only struggle we wrestle with today. The battle to keep our bodies and minds pure includes pornography, alcohol and drug addictions, verbal and physical abuse, gluttony, gossip, judging, and many, many more. Just as Paul asked the church in Corinth, “Do you know know that your bodies are members of Christ Himself?”, so too must we ask ourselves this question today. We cannot allow these sins to enter our bodies or minds without facing negative consequences both to our physical as well as spiritual being. What we do with our bodies and minds is connected to our hearts and therefore to our relationship with God.
Paul goes on to write, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”. As such, we should be careful how we treat our bodies and minds. Paul reminds us, “You are not your own, you were bought with a price”. Christ gave all for us. This is another way of reminding us that since Christ dwells in us, we need to guard against sin entering our bodies and minds and hearts. Just as Christ is pure and holy, so too are we called to live pure and holy lives. As we seek to do this daily, we will bring all of the glory and honor to God in all we do, say, and think. May it be so.