Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stewards of our Bodies

In 1 Corinthians 6:19 Paul states, “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

What does the statement “you are not your own” mean? It means that the believers physical body is not created to be self-serving or self-sustaining, but that our bodies belong to the Lord and is a member of Christ.

This scripture calls for the members of Christ’s body to be good stewards over our own bodies. Verse 20 says, “For you are bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

For some first-century Greeks, the body was of secondary importance; what really mattered was the soul. With a libertine philosophy of sex, and surrounded by temple prostitutes, the subject of fornication was bound to arise. Paul had taught the truth of Christian liberty, and lest the Corinthians falsely misapply the fundamental freedoms of Christian liberty to include immorality, Paul presses this point. He emphasizes that God has an ordained purpose for the body apart from satisfying the base appetites for food and sex. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and were designed for the purpose of glorifying God.

Since Christ lives in us and He is one with our spirit it is unthinkable to involve him in immorality. Verse 17 says, “he who joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Verse 18 says, “ . .he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.”

Immoral conduct demeans the price paid to redeem sinners and diminishes the glory believers are to bring to Him who loved so purely and powerfully. As God’s stewards over our own bodies we do not give ourselves to immorality or to destructive habits that dishonor these body members that belong to Christ. “. .you were bought with a price!”

God purchased the believers body and spirit with the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ. Let us be diligent to remember that our bodies belong to the Lord – purchased by His Son and inhabited by His Spirit. “Oh, how He loves us so!”

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Culture of Freedom

The month of July begins with the 4th of July celebrating our freedom and independence as a sovereign nation. Everyone loves freedom and liberty from being repressed or controlled by arbitrary restrictions enacted by other people or nations. America gained her independence from the British control over her colonies in 1776. Up to this time we in this nation have enjoyed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which are unalienable rights endowed to us by the Creator.

The blessing of true liberty will remain only as long as our government honors and abides by the “Constitution” of this nation and it’s “Bill of Rights” written to prevent misconstruction or abuse of the constitution. Our freedom has endured for this length of time primarily because of our rights and protection afforded us in our constitution. Freedom will only be lost when government disregards or infringes on our constitutional rights.


It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” Galatians 5:1

I believe that the church has underestimated the depth and breadth of that freedom Jesus died to purchase for us. Yes, we have certainly been freed from the curse of going to hell when we die. And yes, we have been freed from sin’s yoke of guilt and shame in this life. But there are other dimensions of freedom that I believe are being overlooked.

Paul reminds us that freedom in Christ enables us to enjoy a lifestyle of freedom, but he also makes note that it is possible to fail to walk in all the freedom that belongs to us. In fact, he says in the second half of Galatians 5:1 to “not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Walking in freedom does require attention and vigilance against the enemy’s attempts to rip away your freedom through his lies and deceit. The perfection of God’s love and joy in our hearts is recorded in the words of Jesus in John 15:10. “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” Godly freedom includes three basic elements: “love, obedience, and unity.”
Just as our nation’s constitution provides our freedom as long as it remains observed, so does adopting God’s word as our standard, provide freedom as we regard its authority over our lives.

- Pastor Amundson