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