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The Christian's Body (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
First Corinthians 6
We are taking up again First Corinthians 6, friends, and I hope you will remember the theme of this passage, God's purpose in giving us our bodies, the wonderful statement made by the Apostle Paul that the object of the human body is not to give itself as a base of operation FOR SIN, but as a base of operation FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, His headquarters, His instrument.
We have a parallel passage to this in Romans 6, where he says we are not to yield our bodies as weapons of unrighteousness to sin, but we are to yield them to God as weapons of righteousness. That means, we are to give our bodies to GOD. And if our bodies are given to God, God will use them for eternal blessings.
What a vast difference there is in the USAGE of the body. Here is a person who gives his body to sin, and it pollutes and infects others in sin and leads downward. Rottenness comes to himself and rottenness comes to others. Do not kid yourselves, friends. You can "dress it all up." You can take a skeleton and dress it up in beautiful furs and pretty things but it is still a skeleton. Sin is dressed up today, but it is still the old wicked business that destroys and damns. On the other hand, a person who uses his body for God, and that body is useful to elevate others, to lift them to a nobler walk with God, to greater happiness, for there cannot come any real happiness with SIN. Let's remember that. There can come only misery and wretchedness.
Verse 13, "Now the body is not for fornication (not for sin, not for lust, not for immorality) but FOR THE LORD." That would be a wonderful passage for us to keep in our mind. That would be a good passage to write down and put on your mirror, where you can see it every morning before you go out: "The body is for the Lord." My body today belongs to JESUS. It is for Him. He created it. He keeps it. He is giving me life today, not that I will use my body today for sinful p ...
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