Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 2 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Our society is doing a masterful job of twisting sex; This beautiful gift that God gave to man, not just to procreate, but to experience an incredible depth of intimacy that can only be known in the confines of covenant between a man and a woman.
Sex sells in the world. Doesn’t take much to see that. Walk in the St. John’s Town Center and you’ll see stores with pictures of half-dressed women all over them. Pornography is a $100 billion global industry. There are over 110 million people infected with an STD in America. Sexual promiscuity is rampant in our society and we’ve got to walk in the truth with this issue.
Let’s examine the Scripture above:
No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.
First, we need to understand that sex is not just physical. Ancient Greek thought separated the body and the soul. So you had all of these pagan sexual practices, but they didn’t think it affected the soul. Aristotle described the human condition as “rational animality.” However, the Bible teaches that your body is an integral component of your ontological makeup.
You have to understand the significance of your physical existence. We must understand that our bodies are valuable to God and must be kept HOLY. God is interested in what we do with our bodies. In fact, Christ owns our bodies, having died to purchase them. Our bodies are important parts of our beings, and they are destined for redemption, not for destruction. In salvation, they are to be the instruments of good works, by which we help and serve others.
You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (God made me like this)
The Corinthians were using that naturalistic reasoning to justify their own sexual pleasure. In this line of reasoning, they defended sexual immorality as something natural, something that followed the natural course of biology.
God created man as a sexual creature; therefore, sex is appropriate and good. Now, there is a measure of truth in this. But it’s not the WHOLE TRUTH. A measure of truth can be used as a deceptive weapon against us. The enjoyment of sexuality is as natural, but this truth does not legitimize every form of sexual pleasure.
The Christian’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes up residence in believers, making their bodies a holy place for the dwelling of God’s special presence. When a person in Christ engages in sexual immorality, that immorality completely contradicts the new identity and nature you receive as a Christ follower. Paul reminds us that we do not have rights to our own bodies. We are not free to use our bodies any way we wish.
Honor God. Honor yourself. Honor your future mate. If you aren’t married don’t think that having sex with your significant other will ensure that he or she will stay with you or solidify your bond. Your sexuality is precious to God! Wait for the beautiful covenant that you enter with your future mate! I’ll leave you with a Scripture that sums this up:
Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.