1ST CORINTHIANS 6:15-17 (14 OF 28)

by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 6:15-17 (14 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

Not only are you all together the members of Christ, but each and every one of your bodies are the members of CHRIST. Oftentimes when the expression is used, the body of Christ, too much emphasis is made on the people and not enough on the fact that we as a body we are connected to CHRIST and being controlled by the Head-Christ. This is the emphasis that I believe Paul is making here. The proof of that will be seen in the next few verses. Their wayward behavior called into question whether they even were aware that they were the body of Christ. That truth alone should have had a tremendous impact on their lives. Then in utter shock Paul by asking this question actually addressed an issue, which plagued this church; some of them were committing fornication with harlots and Paul asked the question with one answer in mind-God forbid! May it never be! May the thought never come to mind!

The very thought of this was unthinkable to Paul since we are members of Christ' body. This should always be at the forefront of our thinking-we are members of Christ and members of one another. And that truth is to dominate our minds towards what we do period.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

Could a Christian practice immorality without involving Christ? Never! The union of two people involves more than physical contact. In sexual relations, the bodies are described as becoming one. In fact the Greek word for "joined" is translated, to join fast together, to glue, or cement.

If the soul be united to Christ by faith, the whole man is become a member of His body. The body is in unio ...

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