“Flee sexual immorality” (I Cor.6:18a). Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that the body is not intended for sexual sin but it was made for the Lord and it should be devoted to Him. God is for our body. He provides for it and sustains it, and He will eventually raise it up as a glorified body. *I Cor.6:13*
The apostle asks the Corinthians, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!” (I Cor.6:16, NKJV). He tells the recipients of his letter that their bodies are actually parts of Christ’s own body now. When they were saved they were joined to Christ and were one spirit with Him. So why would they now want to take parts of Christ’s body and make themselves part of a prostitute’s body by committing such a sexual act, and in that union become one body with her?! A Christian is one with Christ. So how could he or she who is one with Christ, ever think of drawing Him into a relationship with a prostitute? Quite a thought! *I Cor.6:16-17*
It’s no wonder that Paul tells them to avoid looseness! And if a person does commit sexual immorality, he also sins against his own body with a direct and extensive assault on it, since he has made himself a member of the body of a prostitute, thus desecrating his own body. Furthermore our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, whom we received as God’s gift. We are not our own master anymore to do as we please because we were bought with a price. We are to bring glory to God in the personal activities of our body. *I Cor.6:18-20*
God commands husbands to love their own wives as Christ loved the Church, His Body, and gave Himself up for Her sake. And so in that way we men are to love our own wives as our own body, cherishing, providing and caring for her. The man who loves his wife is, in fact loving himself since he and his wife are now one flesh. Thus it is (in the words of Scripture) that a man will leave his father and mother and will cleave and be united to his wife, and they will be one body. So in reality, if we did not love our wife we would be hating our own flesh which is just the opposite of what we as men do, we feed and keep our body warm! *Eph.5:25-31*
In the area of sexual relations between married couples, the apostle gives general permissive instruction for each person to apply according to the circumstances. He maintains that the wife doesn’t have authority over her own body, her husband does. And likewise also for the husband, he does not have authority over his own body, his wife does. So husband and wife should not withhold or refuse sexual relations from each other, except when both consent to temporarily do so, lest Satan begins to tempt them through their passions and lack of self-control. *I Cor.7:3-6*
Above all, in any relationship we have, we need to remember Paul’s words, “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing” (I Cor.13:3, ESV).
By Ed Dudek
From: Our Human Body and Sex
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