12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power……. 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor 6:12-20
It is imperative for God’s elect born of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness to know what God says about our physical body.
I have listened to thousands of sermons on what God has to say about our souls, minds, wills and our emotions but not much on our bodies. While our culture is obsessed with physical beauty and sexy bodies, God’s elect seem to ignore their bodies as if they don’t matter.
The Bible talks quite extensively on our physical body. For the sake of brevity, let me show just one passage of the Bible taken from 1 Cor 6:12-20. The passage is definitely a no-holds barred description of what God considers to the right and wrong use of our bodies. We learn five radical truths about our bodies as God’s elect that run counter culturally to everything we hear today.
God’s Property 1 Cor 6:13
The physical body of God’s elect belong to God. It is God’s property and not ours. We don’t own it, God does. God created our body and He expects us to use it the way He intended for it to be used. We naturally rebel against this idea. Our culture teaches us that our bodies belongs to us and we can do whatever we want with it. In contrary, God says our bodies were created by Him and loaned to us. He expects it to bring glory to Him. As such, we should not compartmentalize our lives and think that we can divorce our bodies and live as if only our spirit matters. God owns our body!
Purchased Possession 1 Cor 6:20
Jesus paid for our bodies when He received the baptism of righteousness from John the Baptist at the River Jordan and died for us on the cross. Owners often think something they own as more valuable than it really is. The reality is, something is usually valued with whatever someone is willing to pay for it. If we want to know how valuable our life is to God, just contemplate on the willingness of Jesus to be baptized and die on the cross. His arms outstretched and nailed to the cross. Jesus was showing this is how valuable we are to Him.
We are priceless to Jesus. If we are worth dying for, don’t we think God wants us to take care of ourselves as God’s elect. The fact is, Jesus has made the investment in us, He paid for our lives with His precious blood and expects us to take care of His investment.
Spirit Indwelt 1 Cor 6:19
God’s Spirit lives in the physical body of God’s elect. When we believe by faith in the righteousness of God that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, we are declared sinless and righteous. God puts His Spirit inside us as a guarantee of our redemption in Christ. When God puts His Spirit inside us, our body becomes a temple of God, residence for His love. Hence, we would be deemed as abusing God’s temple if we deprive it of rest, sleep, over eat, put too much of stress on it and fail to take care of it.
Godly Stewardship 1 Cor 6:12
God expects us to take care of our bodies. God’s elect are not the owners of their physical body but are merely caretakers or managers of it. Taking care of our body is an issue of spiritual stewardship which many of us tend to fail. In fact, God tells us that one day we will have to give an account for how well we managed everything He gave to us, including our body. God’s elect must know that our life on earth is a test, a trust and a temporary assignment. Our lives as God’s elect is a preparation for the next life which will last forever in eternity. God is testing us on earth to see what He can trust us with in eternity. He is watching how we use our time, our money, our talents, our opportunities, our minds and our body. Do not be short sighted in light of eternity.
Spiritual Body 1 Cor 6:14
God has promised to resurrect the body of God’s elect after they die. God never waste anything. He gets the maximum use out of all He creates. Right now we are living in the 1.0 version of our body. We will get the 2.0 version of our body at our resurrection when Christ returns. We don’t really know what our resurrected bodied will be like but we do have a few clues. We know that after Jesus came out from the grave, He walked around Jerusalem for forty days in the resurrected body. Jesus was seen multiple time by many different groups of people, including one event where more than 500 people saw and talked with Him. Through Jesus’ example, we know that other people will still recognize us in the new 2.0 version of our bodies. However, there will be one major difference where the spiritual bodies of God’s elect will be perfect, without blemish, no broken parts, no wounds and no pain.
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