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The Christian's Body (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
First Corinthians 6
If you have your Bibles now, turn with me to First Corinthians, chapter 6. We are studying a very important thing today. I hope it will be a blessing to your heart as it has been to mine. I am referring to THE HUMAN BODY, the proper function of the human body.
Some people think the Bible deals just in general principles. It does that, but I tell you it can get mighty specific. For instance, you take the idea of the body, what we are to do with our bodies, why God created these bodies, the function of the body, how we are to do in our bodies and act toward our bodies in relating our bodies to others. All of that is found in many passages in God's Word. None are more specific than the passage we have before us right now. The purpose God has in giving to us our bodies, and the proper function of the human body, are found in this passage.
Beginning with verse 12, "All things are lawful unto me," said Paul, "but all things are not expedient." That is, profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable for me. There are some things in the Christian life that are not downright sins, but it is not profitable to do them, so we had better leave the unprofitable things alone and give ourselves to profitable things.
Paul goes on. "All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any thing." I am not going to let any thing RULE my body and rule my mind and my life. I am going to sit on the throne in my life, and Jesus is going to control me. I am not going to let any little sin waggle its finger at me and have the power OVER me.
My, isn't that something? How many people let a little tiny thing about two and three-quarter inches long, called a cigarette, have power over them? They cannot give it up. Since the recent findings about tobacco and its relatedness to death and heart attacks there has been a mass of material, a mountain of material, collecte ...
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