Our human body is an essential part of us. We live our mortal life here on earth in our body. God has established a harmony in the body, making it all work together. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Just ask any surgeon! *I Cor.12:24-25; Ps.139:14* Paul, writing to the Roman church, reminded His readers that when you offer yourself as a servant to obey anyone, you serve the one you obey. And this is true whether we serve Sin with death as its result; or obedience to God with righteousness as its end. How many people have offered parts of their body to Sin to be used as instruments of unrighteousness? It isn’t a pretty picture as people offer their members in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing sin. * Rom.6:16,12-13* Thankfully all of us can put ourselves in God’s hands as men and women whom He has brought from death to life and devote every part of our bodies to the cause of righteousness, which leads to holiness. And because of that, we do not have to let Sin rule as a master in our mortal body anymore that would compel us to obey its cravings. *Rom.6:19* In the first chapter of Romans, the apostle Paul affirms that God’s wrath is ever being revealed from heaven against every form of ungodliness on the part of those who suppress the known truth by their unrighteousness. Because God’s eternal power and divine character are plain to them by the things He has made in creation, they are without excuse for their conduct. Yet they still refused to honor Him as God or give Him thanks, and so their reasoning and thinking became futile, their senseless hearts were darkened, and they chose to enter into idolatry. What was the result? The apostle says that God let them follow the cravings of their own hearts, and they degraded their own bodies with one another. Why? Because they deliberately substituted a lie for the truth about God, and they reverenced and worshipped things made instead of the Creator. *Rom.1:18-27* In these first three chapters of Paul’s epistle to the Romans, he gives God’s indictment against both Jews and Gentiles that all alike are under the control and domination of Sin (Rom.3:9). The apostle later asks his Christian readers if they should continue in that relationship with Sin since they are now under grace (Rom.6:1). He gives a resounding, “No!” Paul then asks how can we who died to Sin, that is, how can we who were separated from our previous relationship with Sin as a master, continue in that relationship any longer?! The apostle is speaking of our identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. *Rom.6:2* One of the truths Paul affirms in Romans Chapter 6 is that “our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Rom.6:6, NIV). God’s perspective is that our old self, the unregenerate, sinful person we once were was nailed to the cross with Christ. And what was the purpose or result of our crucifixion with Him? Our body, which was the instrument or the stronghold of Sin was made powerless and inactive for evil, and that we would no longer be in bondage to sin. Our body is now a temple of the Holy Spirit and is made for the Lord and it is to be devoted to Him. The body, which used to be an instrument for doing evil, is now a sanctuary for the Spirit of God. Do we understand that reality in our own lives? And, are we using our body what God made it for? *Rom.6:2b; I Cor.6:13,19* By Ed Dudek From: Our Human Body: Good or Bad? Read the next blog in the series: Our Human Body and Sex
Our Human Body: Good or Bad?